Young Epilepsy’s ‘Transition’ with Children in Need
Thanks to donations made to BBC Children in Need, Young Epilepsy is the recipient of crucial funds for a very important project.
The telethon campaign, which takes place every November, has given Young Epilepsy over £100,000 to help expand their Transition project in London.
Aimed at young people with epilepsy, between the ages of 10-25 years, the Transition Support Programme provides additional help for those living in London. It offers group and individual support on items such as housing, independence, personal and social skills.
Children in Need funding has enabled Young Epilepsy to recruit an additional Transition Support Worker, Alex Gwilt-Cox. He has been part of Young Epilepsy for nearly ten years, working with St Piers School and College students as a support worker and a positive behavioural mentor.
Alex Gwilt-Cox says, about the project:
Across London families can feel isolated. Even in a bustling metropolis of eight million, it’s possible to feel alone and not know where to turn, especially, if you have a child with a condition like epilepsy.
Often, young people with epilepsy won’t know that others have had similar experiences to them. Putting young people into contact with each other can sometimes be a huge step in helping them to find the strength to overcome life’s challenges.
It’s still early days, but I’m excited about this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people with epilepsy, in London.
It is the team’s goal to help 200 young people, living with epilepsy, over a three year period.
Paul Keenleyside, Young Epilepsy’s Director of Programme Improvement and Governance says:
The Transition project is so important. It ensures children and young people with epilepsy realise their ambitions and achieve anything they want. With the diverse opportunities London provides, we’re looking forward to utilising the incredible investment BBC’s Children in Need has given us. It will offer these young people a chance they thought they’d never get.