Today I went to Maidstone to do the Epilepsy Awareness training. It was a very different situation to any of the other presentations I have done. It was a bit of a mission getting there! A good test for my bus and train skills! I had to get the bus to drop Riley at nursery (she screamed when I left her - think the break for Christmas got her out of the routine - but she did have a good day in the end!). Then luckily a family friend dropped me at Redhill station, then got the train from Redhill to Tonbridge, Tonbridge to Maidstone, then a bus to the school (and the bus before broke down so the bus was packed!)... but it's good proof you can be independent without a driving licence, just a bit more of a challenge!
The training was at a special school for children and young people with additional behavioural and learning needs. I did a couple of sessions talking to some of the kids at the school, it was a very different audience to what I'm used to giving presentations to... I know the second one I did was much better than the first which I was a bit frustrated with myself over, I think it just took me a little while to put the information into a 10 minute easy to understand talk. The kids asked some really great questions which was a good sign and one girl talked really openly to me about her brother who has epilepsy, so if nothing else I know I helped her.
I then did the usual awareness training with 70 members of staff... that is by far the biggest group I have ever spoken too!!! I think it went quite well, I was a little nervous but not as much as I thought I would be.
I think it all went ok and the main thing is I hope today I have been able to raise a bit more awareness of epilepsy :)