New home sweet home for Epilepsy Outlook ...

A CHARITY which helps hundreds of people with epilepsy every year has moved to a new home.

Epilepsy Outlook has moved its headquarters and its popular weekly art club from York Road to a base just round the corner in The Arches, in Park Road in Hartlepool.

Jacqui Gettings in her office at the Park Road Office of Epilepsy Outlook

Jacqui Gettings in her office at the Park Road Office of Epilepsy Outlook

 But the well-used cause is still continuing to run its two charity shops, in York Road and Oxford Road.

 It also plans to open a shop at the new Park Road base within three weeks.

 Operations manager Jacqui Gettings explained the reason for moving part of the operation. She explained how it was partially down to the Callum’s Dream appeal, which was launched last year and saw the charity team up with the Hartlepool Mail to help Hartlepool youngster Callum Smith who has a string of conditions including epilepsy.

 We asked our readers to help raise £5,000 so Callum could have a sensory room at his home in Laird Road, Hartlepool. You succeeded and then went on to raise almost three times the initial target.

Jacqui Gettings insiode of the new Park Road Office of Epilepsy Outlook

Jacqui Gettings insiode of the new Park Road Office of Epilepsy Outlook

The appeal reached £14,000 and now Callum is developing well, partly thanks to his sensory room filled with awe-inspiring facilities such as a globe, a moulded chair, and sensory lights.

 “We have been a lot busier since the appeal, especially on the side where we give advice to people”, said Jacqui. “We also now work in partnership with the CCG and signpost people to other health initiatives.”

 Numerous activities are already under way at the new Park Road base. The administration office, drop-in centre, arts class and craft class have already been set up in their new base.

 Jacqui said: “We are in the process of refurbishing the advice centre and that will be up and running within two weeks. The charity shop is three weeks away from opening and we will also be having a grand opening.”

 The rooms at the new centre are bigger than those the charity had at the York Road site.

 Jacqui said: “The arts class members all love it and they are bowled over by how much space there is. It is lovely to have some extra room.”

 Anyone who would like to find out more about Epilepsy Outlook, or who would like to volunteer, should contact (01429) 297007.

Next week: Read Community Centres for details on how to get the Epilepsy Outlook fantastic 2015 calendar.