Our volunteers up and down the country have been busy during the autumn engaging students to raise awareness about meningitis and encouraging them to get the ACWY vaccine. Last week, during student awareness week, they were out and about again.
At Huddersfield University, Ian Watkinson, Community Ambassador for Meningitis Now, held a 3-day awareness event, working alongside over 20 pharmacy student volunteers. They gave out thousands of signs and symptoms cards to students and also were able to raise awareness about the vaccine with applicants and their parents who were visiting Huddersfield for an open day. They had a great reception from those they talked to.
At Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen volunteer Camille Yerles, a student at the university who has herself had meningitis, ran a stall to raise awareness. She and her fellow volunteer students also raised £260 for Meningitis Now with a pop-up vintage shop! Camille said “The response from students was really positive; they seemed interested and asked lots of questions about vaccinations and symptoms. I believe we have successfully spread awareness at RGU and I hope students will keep spreading the word.”
At Chester University Anne Cadden, Community Ambassador, had a stall at their wellbeing event. This is the second year Chester have supported our work and Anne has established strong links with staff in student support and the union, who have been excellent in supporting awareness-raising.
Our Volunteer Co-ordinator Jean Lawton said "We’ve heard from many volunteers who have held stalls, distributed materials and come up with really creative ideas to raise awareness. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you very much indeed."