Annual Report 16-17

Our purpose at Young Epilepsy is to help create a society in which children and young people living with epilepsy can thrive and fulfil their potential, have their voices listened to and respected, and their ambitions realised.

Young Epilepsy's annual review looks at the range of work we have carried out over the course of the year. It explains how donations, contracts and fundraising activities have helped pay for our services.

Over the last year, we have continued to help our young people thrive and achieve their aspirations with good education outcomes and positive transitions into adult life - this against a background of a very challenging funding environment.

Social care funding has been the subject of much public debate. We are being asked to deliver significantly more, for significantly less by local authorities who are themselves trying to do the same.

At the same time, we are still operating in a post-recessionary environment impacted by further mid-term uncertainty as a result of the upcoming exit from the European Union. This reduces consumer confidence which, in turn, impacts on fundraising in the charitable sector.