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Mike Dix-Williams, Assistant Project Manager our BRAVE Early Intervention Project (EIP) is to be presented with a National Volunteer Award for his campaigning efforts by the national charity Epilepsy Action.

These awards are in recognition of their volunteers’ commitment to helping others living with epilepsy.  In Mike’s case, the award is for his efforts on behalf of Epilepsy Action Cymru’s campaign for more epilepsy specialist nurses in Wales.

Says Mike, “I began volunteering with the charity around twelve months ago as Chairman to a new branch set up to cover South West Wales. Having developed a committee and a small membership, I was elected to a new voluntary role with the charity’s National Advisory Council for Wales. As part of a discussion point the council were debating the need to address the low numbers of Epilepsy Specialist Nurses (ESN) in Wales. This was an issue I had a personal link to as I had, in the previous years, personally received excellent treatment from ESN’s; because of this experience I agreed to take the lead on outlining the plans for a campaign.”

Mike’s role has been to identify and liaise with an Assembly Member who would host the launch event at the Senedd, liaise with Epilepsy Actions Publicity and Campaigns team in Leeds on how to best approach the people that can influence and help achieve the outcomes, and provide information that would go into briefing papers sent out prior to the day.  He also chaired a small working group of members across Wales who carried out local canvassing and information gathering. His role on the day was to support the charities Deputy CEO and Wales Manager with the presentations to ministers.

Mike will be presented with his award at the Council of Epilepsy Action’s annual ceremony in Leeds in February 2017.