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Epilepsy Outlook

Epilepsy Outlook
Motto Nunquam Non Paratus
(Latin for Always Ready)
Founded July 1, 1987 (1987-07-01)[1]
Founder Jill Kitchen[1]
Type Support group
Registration no. 701140
Area served
Hartlepool, Redcar, Cleveland
Services Advice Centre
Supporting volunteer placements
Epilepsy awareness training
Drop-in centre
Charity shops
Art group[2]
Key people
Jacqui Gettings (Operations Manager)[3]
Affiliations The Joint Epilepsy Council[4]
£64,073 Charity Shops
£1,067 Nation Epilepsy Week
£24,846 Legacy
Disbursements (2012-13)[1]
£5,000 Catcote College sensory room
£500 Springwell School
2nd Tumble Form Chair for an individual
Furniture/financial support to a client in need.
76 (2012-13)[1]
Mission To provide support, advice and information to those with epilepsy, their families and carers - to raise the awareness of the condition.[2]
Formerly called
Hartlepool Epilepsy Group[1]

Epilepsy Outlook is a charity based in Hartlepool which provides free and confidential practical support, advice and information for people with epilepsy and their carers.[4] Their support services include supported volunteer placements, a drop-in centre, epilepsy awareness training, an art therapy group and welfare benefits advice. Each year it provides placements for 50 volunteers on the volunteer development programme, 280 people receive advice, including at least 100 carers. 50 plus people receive epilepsy awareness training. 6 people use their drop-in each week.[5] The services are provided for people across the North-East area. In September-October 2014, Epilepsy Outlook's headquarters, advice centre and art club moved around the corner to larger premises in The Arches, Park Road.[6]


  • Charity shops 1
  • Campaigns 2
  • Structure 3
  • References 4

Charity shops

Epilepsy Outlook runs three charity shops where they sell donated items:

Good quality unwanted items of furniture, household items, books and clothing. We gladly accept all electricals except large white goods.

Epilepsy outlook website
  • 199 York Road, Hartlepool. Opening Times - Mon-Fri 9am-4pm & Sat 9am-1pm
  • 104 Oxford Road, Hartlepool. Opening Times - Mon-Fri 9am-4pm & Sat 9am-1pm
  • 79 Park Road, The Arches, Hartlepool. Opening Times - Mon-Fri 10am-4pm


As well as their charity shops and advice centre they run special fund raising campaigns including, most recently, for a sensory room for Callum Smith.[7] By September 5, 2013 the total stood at £10,184[8] and raised a total of £14,000.[6] It was a campaign in which three McDonald's restaurants got involved,[9][10] raising £2,289,[8][11] and Hartlepool's High Tunstall College of Science donated over £5,000 worth of sensory equipment including multi-coloured fibre optic lights, bubble machines and specialist chairs.[12]

Before that they ran a campaign for a tumble form chair for two-year-old Talia Foster.[13]


The charity is structured into volunteers, a management committee and trustees.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Review of the year 2012-13,,
  2. ^ a b Directory of Voluntary and Community Groups, Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency
  3. ^ Epilepsy Outlook, Redcar and Cleveland Families' Guide,
  4. ^ a b JEC Members > Epilepsy Outlook, Joint Epilepsy Council
  5. ^ Chairman’s Charity Event in aid of Epilepsy Outlook, Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency
  6. ^ a b New home sweet home for Epilepsy Outlook ..., Hartlepool Mail, 29 September
  7. ^ CALLUM’S DREAM: Little boy gets helping hand at Epilepsy Outlook, Hartlepool Mail, July 23, 2013
  8. ^ a b THANKS for being unbelievably good.,, September 5, 2013
  9. ^ Fast-food giant McDonald’s to hold Hartlepool fundays to boost Callum fund, Hartlepool Mail, August 19, 2013
  10. ^ Backing is so Mc-nificent, Hartlepool Mail, August 3, 2013
  11. ^ Fast-food giant McDonald’s to hold Hartlepool fundays to boost Callum fund, The Epilepsy Network (TEN), August 19, 2013
  12. ^ Lighting up Callum’s life, Hartlepool Mail, August 5, 2013
  13. ^ Talia is in the chair!, Hartlepool Mail, July 29, 2011

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