26 January 2016
National charity launch local epilepsy project
Young Epilepsy to launch the Connect project for young people with epilepsy with an event in Margate on Thursday 18 February.
Young Epilepsy will bring the Connect project to Kent, with others launched in Essex and Blackpool thanks to The Big Lottery Fund. The Connect project provides emotional and social support for young people living with epilepsy aged 25 and under as well as their families. Young Epilepsy has found that young people with the condition face discrimination, social isolation and low self-esteem and Connect provides support to help them feel less lonely and more socially integrated.
The launch event, being held at Margate’s Quarterdeck Youth Centre, is open to young people who live with epilepsy and their families in Kent. It’s a chance to meet the Connect team from Young Epilepsy along with others in the local area who are in a similar situation and to be a part of the project.
Chris Denyer, part of the Connect team at Young Epilepsy, said; “We often hear from those affected by the condition that they feel isolated and simply need someone to talk to. Young Epilepsy’s Connect project will bring these people together and we are thrilled to be able to launch it in Kent. If you are local, live with epilepsy or know someone who does please come along to the launch and be a part of the Connect project.”
Young Epilepsy is the national charity dedicated to creating better futures for the 112,000 children and young people living with epilepsy and their families across the UK.
For more information on epilepsy visit www.youngepilepsy.org.uk
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About Young Epilepsy
Young Epilepsy is the national charity working exclusively on behalf of children and young people with epilepsy. With over 100 years of experience we are a leading provider of specialist health and education services. The charity offers support, information, training for health, social care and education professionals and campaigns to improve access to, and quality of, health and education services.
Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological condition in childhood affecting 112,000 people aged 25 and under in the UK. On average one child at every primary school and five at every secondary school will have been diagnosed with epilepsy.