Epilepsy Society

Barrow neuro drop in sessions update

Barrow planning meeting

Members of the Cumbria Neurological Alliance are developing a neuro drop-in centre for people living with a neurological condition, their families and carers. It will be based in the Hindpool Centre, Barrow in Furness.

Charities and specialist neuro therapists working across South Cumbria came together this month to plan the programme which starts on 2nd November. The first groups will be hosted by Parkinson’s UK, Headway South Cumbria and the MND Association.

Dr David Footitt Consultant Neurologist said “I was delighted to hear that Cumbria Neurological Alliance has been able to secure support to run regular drop-in sessions at the Hindpool Community Centre. Whilst patients and carers affected by some of the commoner neurological conditions benefit from local support groups, too many people feel isolated by their condition and unable to link with others facing similar challenges. There are many common experiences shared between people with Neurological conditions. This initiative provides people with the opportunity to share, support and learn from one another whilst enjoying social interaction and a range of activities. This concentration on a core of well-being, supporting independence and maintaining social contacts is key to improving outcomes for my patients. I trust that we in the NHS will be able to support it to succeed and flourish.”

Dr David Footitt Consultant Neurologist Cumbria

The initiative has been supported by Dr Farhan Amin, GP and member of the Morecambe Bay CCG and Les Graham public health locality manager with Cumbria County Council.

Check out the programme https://cumbrianeurologicalalliance.wordpress.com/new-neuro-drop-in-centre-barrow/barrow-neuro-dropin-centre-programme/

Enquiries to Glenys Marriott Chair Cumbria Neurological Alliance at cumbrianeurologicalalliance@gmail.com Twitter @cumbrianeuro

Colin from the ABI team with Christine and David Wilson from Headway South Cumbria


David Schofield


The team from BIRT Barrow

More photos to come!

Meeting in Workington 12th June 2014

We had a useful meeting in Workington – the first time we had visited West Cumbria, but not the last.

Meeting at the new Fire Station – an excellent venue for the 3rd Sector – we attracted an excellent discussion group.

We were delighted that Angie Stewart Regional Coordinator for the MS Society could step in at the last minute as our original speaker Peter Wearing had to attend an NHS England meeting in Birmingham.  Angie gave an update on the national strategy which led to some good plans for how we can extend our influence to support people with neurological conditions.

Some of our committee members at Workington

Some of our committee members at Workington.  Eric Tiffin, MND Association, John Spark, Epilepsy Society member, Angie Stewart Service Development Officer, N of England MS Society, with her support dog Theo, Glenys Marriott, chairman Headway South Cumbria, Dr Vincent Foxworthy Headway North Cumbria, Nicola Simpson our treasurer from A Chance for Life, with member John Crofts MS Society Allerdale.