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Councillors Hear About Epilepsy Scotland’s Work In Orkney

Epilepsy Scotland was delighted to welcome local councillors to its Orkney roadshow event at the Pickaquoy Centre last week.

Deputy Leader for Orkney Islands Council, Heather Woodbridge and Kirkwall West & Orphir Councillor Leslie Manson

Deputy Leader for Orkney Islands Council, Heather Woodbridge, Convenor of the Council, Graham Bevan and Kirkwall West & Orphir Councillor Leslie Manson attended to learn more about the work of the national epilepsy charity and how it can help the estimated 230 Orcadians who are living with epilepsy.

The successful two-day event took place on Tuesday and Wednesday 25 and 26 October and provided people in Orkney an opportunity to meet Epilepsy Scotland’s staff face to face and learn more about the support the charity can provide to individuals and their families.

Epilepsy Scotland’s Helpline and Welfare Rights team ran an information, support and guidance stall across both days, Jane Roberts from Fundraising met with local businesses and organisations, while Youth Development Worker Kirstyn Cameron visited four local schools providing talks to help children and teachers learn more about epilepsy.

The roadshow was the first of many community engagement events and activities the Scottish epilepsy charity will be holding across Scotland’s NHS Health Boards in the coming months.

Epilepsy Scotland Policy and Communications Manager, Ross Cunningham, said:

“Epilepsy Scotland’s Orkney Roadshow was a great success. We were delighted to meet with a number of the estimated 230 people in Orkney who are living with epilepsy and provide them with information and support.

“We would like to thank members of Orkney Islands Council for their time in visiting the roadshow event and to raise awareness of the condition and the national support services we provide. We look forward to working together to support people living with epilepsy in Orkney.

“If anyone would like more information about the national work of Epilepsy Scotland, please contact our free and confidential helpline on 0808 800 2020 or visit our website.”