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Epilepsy Action has an extensive network of branches, coffee and chat groups and volunteers throughout the UK. These groups provide local support to people with epilepsy, their family and friends and professional carers.

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Coffee and chat groups

Coffee and chat groups are being set up all across the country. These give people living with epilepsy the chance to meet each other in ordinary venues like cafes, tea rooms and coffee shops. They offer a relaxed way to meet new people, share experiences and get information on how to learn more about epilepsy.


Run by volunteers, most branches hold regular meetings and offer a mixture of social events and informative talks and discussions.

For many people with active epilepsy a sense of isolation and a lack of understanding can be a problem. By coming along to a branch meeting people can talk to others who understand their circumstances. They can also help raise awareness of epilepsy in the local community. Find out more about our local branches:

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Raising epilepsy awareness in your area

We have a network of volunteers who are recruited and trained to deliver epilepsy awareness sessions to any organisation that would like to learn more about the condition. These volunteers can offer a thorough introduction to epilepsy to a range of audiences. They also provide information about where to get further advice and support for the condition.

Our  Local Services Managers and volunteers also run a series of awareness and information days across their areas. Sometimes they are run with a branch or group, often as a way of raising awareness and developing a new service in an area.

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Hi I’ve had 2 seizures and I’m currently on lamotrigine and reducing keppra - I’m looking to get back to work and was wondering does anyone work a 12 hr night shift in a factory ( metal ) if so how long and have you had any more seizures

Submitted by Gavin on

Hi, I've had a look but there are no coffee meetings, events, etc. In North Devon. Is there any chance there will be one set up at all? I'm happy to help and volunteer, it's my girlfriend that has epilepsy and she's feeling very cut off and does not know anyone else with it. If anyone is interested or wants to chat then let me know!

Submitted by Caillin spain on

My son has epilepsy he is 22 would also be interested in anything happening in the North Devon area, or setting something up if we can get more of us in this area together.

Submitted by Amanda on

I live in Gloucestershire looking for a support group my 18yr old newly diagnosed with epilepsy, struggling to cope and he is now depressed

Submitted by Susan ramsey on

Hi Susan,

At the moment, our nearest groups are in Hereford and Worcester.  I hope they are of use.

Best wishes, Mark, Epilepsy Action

Submitted by Mark@Epilepsy Action on

I’m quite dissapointed that you don’t help with PIP appeals. My 28 yr old daughter has been refused and as the figures for refusal are so high I feel that a
charity like yourselves need to give front line support and
assistance to enable those with epilepsy don’t lose out in the
benefit system
You also don’t offer any practical help at all either to the sufferers of epilepsy

Submitted by Sylvia Lucas on

Dear Sylvia

Thank you for your comment.

We are very aware how difficult the whole benefits system is for people to find their way around. This seems to be particularly true for PIP. We have put as much useful advice as we could on our website. And our Campaigns team have been working extremely hard to improve the assessment process for people with epilepsy. We would need a national team of benefits experts to help people with the PIP appeals. As a charity we just do not have the resources for this. We are hearing that although many people with epilepsy are initially refused, many of them are successful at appeal. I really hope this is the case for your daughter.

This is a list of all the things we do. There are always things that are going to be left off it. We regularly ask our members for feedback about priorities. This is the 5 year plan resulting from the last survey.

So thank you for your feedback. And do look out for the next stakeholders’ survey on the work of the charity.

If you would like to take your concerns further, you are of course welcome to go through our complaints procedure.


Cherry, Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by Cherry@Epilepsy... on

Is it possible EA could set up an online friendship/support group for younger people with epilepsy? Our 19 year old feels cut off and unsupported, apart from close family. I feel a social network would be of great benefit to young people, allowing them to share their experience and possibly build friendships.

Submitted by Mark Bradley on

Hi Mark,

Have you tried Reddit? The epilepsy subreddit is full of people from across the world with epilepsy.

You can find the epilepsy subreddit at reddit.com/r/epilepsy


Submitted by rich on

Is there no support in the Brighton, East Sussex area?
I can't seem to find anything close to me, hopefully I'm just not using the site properly.

Submitted by Tara on