Friday 15 August 2014

Epilepsy Weekend for All - Southend-on-Sea, Essex 2014

Yeap it's that time of year again!  I am so excited.  Really really looking forward to this :)

So what's happening this year?

Through workshops and discussion sessions, we will be looking at some of the many ways epilepsy can affect daily life. There will also be opportunities to chat with epilepsy professionals over a coffee. Topics will include:
  • Planning a family – pregnancy and parenting
  • Parents and carers – the challenges and joys of living with epilepsy
  • Adults – diagnosis and treatment, relationships, social life, achieving potential and managing risk
  • Ketogenic diet – find out more about this epilepsy treatment
  • Managing epilepsy – memory, mindfulness, coping with stress, sleeping well and medication issues
There's also loads going on for young people this year:

The challenge for young people over the weekend is to work together and support each other to create films, graphics, music and drama. Working with multi-media professionals you will learn new skills as you share your thoughts and feelings about epilepsy. You can choose from these options:
  • Drama – exploring living with epilepsy through performance
  • Podcasting – interviewing and recording
  • Graphics – designing and printing
  • Photography and videography – capturing your imagination
  • Editing for audio and video
  • DJ – mixing your choice of sounds
Information and discussion sessions:

  • For teenagers – relationships, alcohol, getting out and about safely, education, work...and play
  • Siblings – a chance to share experiences
Also happening:

  • Relax and enjoy a clothed massage
  • Family disco and karaoke (and we all know who the stars will be hehe!)
  • Keep in touch – photo wall and contact envelopes
  • Halloween fun – apple bobbing and snap apple
  • Creche
  • Face painting
This year the weekend is taking place at the Park Inn by Radisson Palace at Southend-on-Sea. Our special price includes your accommodation, meals and all of the Epilepsy Weekend for All activities. We hope you will join us - book today to be sure of your place!

Adult (18yrs and over): £60 each (day pass £25)
16yrs and 17yrs: £30 each (day pass £15)
Under 16yrs:  Free
Twin, double and family rooms are available. We also have a limited number of accessible rooms for those with mobility requirements. Single rooms are not available but we will pair single guests with another delegate of the same gender, or feel free to bring a friend.
Car parking is free but permits must be arranged in advance (residents only). There are excellent rail links, with Southend Victoria and Southend Central stations close by.
For more info and to book your place visit the Epilepsy Action website here

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