Adventure weekend for young people with epilepsy

by Epilepsy Scotland in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Epilepsy can be tough on young people. We connect young people with epilepsy through social activities to improve confidence and wellbeing.

by Epilepsy Scotland in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

 donated match funding
BA Better World Community Fund is providing live match funding

 New stretch target

In the last six months we have had more members join the services with additional or complex needs. 

 As well as epilepsy 42% of the current Youth Group have a learning disability and 54% of youth group members have drug resistant epilepsy. As a few members of this group have complex needs and need additional support. This is a challenging time for youth workers to ensure that the service is accessible and supportive for all members, and we hope to be able to fund an additional residential weekend next year for a small group of young people who have more complex support needs than currently access our residential trips, which focus on outdoor activities. 

Residential weekends are open to all who participate in our weekly youth groups, but we have had feedback that some individuals would love to have a getaway but not at the high energy and physical activity needed for the current trips.

Because of the challenge stated above, we are currently seeking funding for an additional annual trip that focuses on life skills that are needed to be away from home to gain some independence and to have an opportunity for profound social interaction with a small group. Designed with young people who have additional support needs as well as epilepsy like learning disabilities, autism, and physical disabilities. In addition to the opportunities that the young people will receive it will provide parents and carers who have an extensive caring role in their child’s life a well needed weekend of respite.


"When all other friends deserted her, the youth group and workers made her feel part of a friendship group and for that I am extremely grateful." A parent

 Epilepsy can be tough on young people, their family, and carers too. Our youth work provides a safe space for young people to meet others who have epilepsy helping them to feel less alone and proven to improve their overall wellbeing. Support from Epilepsy Scotland can be life changing. 

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We are seeking funding for an adventure weekend away in 2024 for young people with epilepsy

Taking part in motivating and stimulating activities, can make a measurable difference to their mental wellbeing, which in turn can reduce the occurrence of seizures.

Last year 84% of young people reported that at end of the residential, their confidence was improved. 100% of parents or carers said Epilepsy Scotland helped them as a family a lot and 100% said the youth group make them feel more positive 

"What I like about epilepsy Scotland is that nobody judges anybody. It helps boost your mood and helps me with my mental health too. I have found them very helpful in teaching me about my epilepsy and others too." A young person with epilepsy.

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