Young Epilepsy is the national charity supporting children and young people aged 25 and under with epilepsy and associated conditions, as well as their families.
They exist to improve the lives of children and young people with the condition to enable them to fulfill their potential and ensure they have the best quality of life.
Young Epilepsy was established in 1897 by a religious charity as a colony for teaching agricultural skills to men with learning or physical disabilities.
In 1904, a school was built exclusively for children with epilepsy, where staff used the local on-site farm, garden and wildlife to teach pupils.
After World War One, soldiers with epilepsy that had been caused by brain injury received rehabilitation and by 1939 the colony was leading the way in national epilepsy research.
Children and young people with epilepsy and other neurological conditions were admitted to the school and then in 1989 the name changed again to St Piers. In 2001 St Piers Further Education College building was open and they were known as The National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy.
On 1 November 2011 the charity launched its new name, Young Epilepsy. The new name reflects the change to a national charity that supports the 112,000 children and young people under 25 with epilepsy in the UK.
They know there is a huge demand for information and support for parents and professionals and a need to improve access to, and quality of, health and education services.
The charity has developed a new range of services since 2008 including the helpline, health information resources, training courses for professionals in health, social care and education and the promotion of good practice in schools.
With over 100 years expertise they provide world class diagnosis, assessment and rehabilitation for children and young people with epilepsy
. They also undertake research
into the condition and how it can be treated.
The unique blend of specialist services includes a school, college
and residential services providing education and healthcare for children and young people with epilepsy, autism and other neurological conditions.
They also provide a range of support and information for parents,
children and young people and training for professionals. It campaigns for better access to, and quality of, health and education services, and to raise awareness and increase understanding of epilepsy.