Helping you achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

3rd June 2015

Through the week we are celebrating all our un-sung volunteers. Today it’s the turn of our younger volunteers, working with us as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)

Volunteer week Wednesday

DofE gives people aged 14-24 the opportunity to develop valuable life and employment skills. Employers are increasingly looking for individuals who have volunteer experience and who have completed DofE when recruiting.

We can help them to achieve their volunteering goals, developing personal skills and attributes for any level of DofE by creating an exciting volunteer programme.

What do our DofE volunteers do? 

  • Literature distribution 
  • Place collection tins 
  • Provide support at our events
  • Share information about Meningitis Now through social media
  • Fundraising 
  • Campaigning 

Want to become a DofE volunteer? Contact Lindsey Buckenham, manager of our dedicated Volunteer Team. 

Our team will provide support and, where possible, will tailor your programme to match your interests and skills. At the end of your time with us we will provide a written reference to help secure future employment and our Volunteer Recognition Scheme formally acknowledges your efforts.

Don’t take our word for it, ask our volunteers! 

“Thank you for giving us the opportunity to do something that is actually quite fun!”


“Volunteering for Meningitis Now is Fun- there is  always something to do.” 

Katie, 15

“I chose to volunteer for Meningitis Now because my sister had bacterial meningitis when she was eight and we found out she had an Acquired Brain Injury a year after. I enjoy volunteering with Meningitis Now – everyone in the team is friendly and helpful whenever I contact them. I would recommend volunteering with Meningitis Now as there are so many different roles that you can do. I volunteered at the Silverstone Half Marathon in March cheering the runners on and am looking forward to raising awareness locally. I’ll be handing out signs and symptom cards over the next few months to local schools and surgeries.  My family and I will be arranging a sponsored walk that we will complete as a family in August.” 

Callum Jones, 16

“I volunteer for Meningitis Now for fun, and it’s somewhere where under 16s could volunteer. I also had meningitis when I was two and a half years old. They provide great support and I’m finding the experience very positive. Taking part in DofE is a challenge which helps me to learn new skills and it looks good on your CV. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone!” 

Alex Geddes, 15

Find out more about volunteering for Meningitis Now here