Epilepsy Action

Our befriending service provides a regular weekly chat by phone or video to anyone who is feeling lonely, isolated or just needs someone to talk to.

"I felt quite alone before I started my phone calls. My friends and family are very supportive but cannot truly understand my epilepsy and how it effects me... it was so good to know that there was someone out there who 'got it'!"

We’ll connect you to a volunteer who will offer you the chance to
- Have a chat about what’s going on in your life
- Build a connection with someone around shared interests
- Gain confidence and self worth
- Build new social connections in your community

After registering your interest we will get in touch to make sure the service is right for you. When we match you to a volunteer calls will take place at a time that works for both of you. Usually calls last around half an hour for up to 12 weeks. You have to be over 18 to access the service and living in the UK. You could be living with epilepsy yourself or it could be a family member or someone you care for.

To find out more www.epilepsy.org.uk/befriending
Alternatively email befriending@epilepsy.org.uk or call 0113 831 5678

We also have peer support Talk and Support groups for people to share experiences. They meet in locations across the UK or you can attend virtually.

To find out more about in person Talk and Support Groups - www.epilepsy.org.uk/groups
To find out more about virtual Talk and Support Groups - www.epilepsy.org.uk/virtual-groups
Alternatively email groups@epilepsy.org.uk or call 0113 210 8899

Information for volunteers

If you are a good listener, patient and understanding, then you could be a volunteer befriender.

Calls can cover a variety of topics from experiences with epilepsy to your latest TV obsessions! You’ll be providing companionship, building their self-confidence and gently encouraging them to make connections in their community.

As a befriender you can pick the day and time you want to volunteer so it fits well around other commitments.

You don't need to have epilepsy yourself as full training will be provided. You will have regular check-ins with your dedicated volunteer supervisor and there are opportunities to attend volunteer meet ups to get together with other volunteers to make connections and share experiences.

Volunteering is a great way to develop your skills, meet new people, gain satisfaction and have fun!

Apply online - www.epilepsy.org.uk/befriending-volunteer
Alternatively email befriending@epilepsy.org.uk or call 0113 831 5678


Epilepsy Action
New Anstey House
Gate Way Drive
West Yorkshire
LS19 7XY