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Epilicia: How Epilepsy gave me a new nickname

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Author: Alicia Simmons, Service Coordinator, VOICES March the 26th was Epilepsy Awareness Day. Service Coordinator Alicia describes how her life changed after being diagnosed with Epilepsy and how it changed her perspective of supporting people with multiple needs who have Epilepsy. According to the European Journal of Public Health, people experiencing homelessness are 8 times more likely to have Epilepsy.  Six months ago I was an independent woman, I didn’t need help from anyone.  I had enjoyed my teenage years like most teenagers – (drinking white lightening at the park and lying to your parents about where you had been) – I had left home for university, gained my degree, backpacked around the world for 3 years, returned to the UK with bracelets adorning both arms with numerous feathers in my hair, was working a job I loved supporting the most vulnerable adults in Stoke and was supporting myself quite successfully!  Then I had a seizure. It was a traumatic experience, but much more so for my partner who had to save my life, than it was for me.  As far as I’m concerned, I have no memory of the event, so I ‘wasn’t there’.  My boyfriend who had to drag me off… Continue Reading

Do It Right – The First Time

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Author: Steve Willis, Service Coordinator, VOICES Bills, food, bus travel, clothes, rent… money, money, money. We live in a society where just one month of unstable income could lead to disaster. We live in a society which has made a promise to help the most vulnerable.  Like those who are ill.  Like those who rely on welfare benefits to cover their daily finances. We live in a society where people have to make multiple phone calls and fill in endless forms to get the money they are entitled to receive. We live in a society where people have to be employed to assist vulnerable people to apply for and manage their benefits. We live in a society where applications for benefits are declined despite all the boxes being ticked and appropriate evidence provided. We live in a society where many claims won’t be allowed until the first, second or third appeal. We live in a society where people are waiting for months – sometimes more – before they are awarded the benefits they are entitled to. We live in a society where people are suffering because the systems didn’t do their job right the first time.… Continue Reading

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