02 October 2019

Local councils aim to make communities 'seizure savvy'

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A new partnership to help local councils raise awareness of how to help someone having an epileptic fit has been launched.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has teamed up with the Epilepsy Society to raise awareness of the hidden disabilities in communities.

The new partnership will promote the role local councils can play in improving people's quality of life.

Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: ‘There is still a lack of understanding about epilepsy which can lead to stigma, not seeking support or not knowing what to do when someone has a seizure.

‘Local councils can play their part to raise awareness and help communities become seizure savvy.’

Clare Pelham, chief executive at the Epilepsy Society, added: 'We hope that people with epilepsy will be able to rely on the kindness of strangers who are seizure savvy.’

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