British Epilepsy Association are celebrating their fiftieth birthday on 5 September 2000. As an Association we have over 22,000 members and help more than 50,000 people every year.
Our aims are still largely the same as in 1950, namely to educate the public about epilepsy, to provide skilled advice about epilepsy and to promote the welfare of people with epilepsy.
Since 1950 we have:
- successfully campaigned for changes to driving regulations for people with epilepsy.
- set up the UK’s first Freephone Epilepsy Helpline: 0808 800 5050 where trained officers are on hand to dispense advice and information to all members of the public about any aspect of the condition.
- been instrumental in developing epilepsy services throughout the UK. Through our Sapphire Nurse Scheme there are now 45 Sapphire Epilepsy Specialist Nurses in post around the country.
- bought a major sea change to the public’s attitude epilepsy. People with epilepsy are now able to live independently in their own communities rather than be shut away in specialist centres.
We produce a wide range of information leaflets about epilepsy which are available through the helpline and website.