New opportunities with our Volunteer Development Team

5th August 2015

It’s been a busy and exciting time for us in the volunteer development team. We are overwhelmed with how many of our supporters are getting involved to help us

Our Community and Young Ambassadors have also had a busy month, attending cheque presentations, giving awareness talks, organising store collections and attending events on our behalf. A big thank you to you all for all the hard work you do to support us.

Here’s a couple of examples of what you’ve been doing

"Our Community Ambassador Lynette and daughter Safia have been raising awareness and funds at Morrison’s in Castle Bromwich."

"Our Young Ambassadors Louise and Enya attended and helped at our family day in Belfast."

"And, practising what we preach, I was at the South Gloucestershire Show with my family and colleague Harry at the weekend, whilst my colleague Carrie was busy at the Prudential Ride London cycling event, which you may have seen on the telly."

"The South Gloucestershire Show is sponsored by our corporate partner Bristol & Avon Group, the top south west provider of recycled aggregates, earthworks and waste management services."

"The company used their presence as an opportunity to raise vital funds for us through a ‘Guess the number’ competition. "

"A Bristol & Avon group truck was filled with balloons and beach balls, and entrants were asked for a £1 donation to guess how many were inside. We were on hand to blow up balloons and collect donations."

"In total there were 300 balloons and beach balls in the tuck. The winning guess came from Richard Moorcraft , who won a Land Rover off-roading experience, donated by Guy Salmon of Bristol."

"Second prize went to Lee Cowell - £100 Tesco Gift Card, donated by Bristol & Avon Waste Management Ltd, and third prize went to Chris Belcher. Chris won a £50 Gift Card for to use at any store, donated by Bristol & Avon Transport & Recycling Ltd."

"The competition raised a total of £100 towards Bristol & Avon group’s pledge to raise £100,000 for Meningitis Now, as well as raising awareness through handing out 500 Signs and Symptoms cards over the two days."

Tammy, Volunteer Officer

Get involved and support us

Anyone can get involved to support us. Whether you can spare one hour or a hundred we are sure that we have volunteer opportunities that will appeal to you.

You can find all our current volunteering roles on our opportunities board or to find out more you can contact our volunteer development team by emailing

We also have two large events coming up in September – the Great North Run and our very own Five Valleys Walk.

Great North Run, Sunday 13 September, Newcastle

It’s the greatest half marathon in the world, and we need lots of people to help cheer and motivate our runners along the 13.1 mile route. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a celebrity runner or catch a glimpse of the Red Arrows passing over the iconic Tyne Bridge while you’re there! 

We are looking for cheerers between 9am and 1pm on the day, and we’ll equip you with bang bang sticks, t-shirts and anything else you may need.

Maybe cheering isn’t your thing but you’d still like a piece of the action? 

We’re also looking for friendly volunteers to help out at our post-race reception – an opportunity to meet Team Meningitis Now and celebrate their achievements with them! We’d love a hand setting up our reception and making sure our runners have somewhere to relax after conquering the 13.1 miles, so we’re asking for volunteers from 11am to around 4pm.

To find out more please call Carrie on 01453 769025 or email

Five Valleys Walk, Sunday 27 September

Our very own event – the Five Valleys Walk will this year be taking place on Sunday 27th September.

The walk which passes through each of Stroud’s five valleys is split into nine sections, and this year we are going for a festival feel and have some really exciting things planned.

The famous and wonderful Giffords Circus will be performing from their Fennels Farm base near Slad on the day. We’ve also organised face painters, live music and a children’s nature trail, as well as a variety of food and drink. 

If you’re not tempted to sign up to do the walk itself but would still like to be involved then why not help us on the day?

Volunteers are needed to help on our nine checkpoints. You will be part of a team to help support the walkers on the day and spur them on to the next checkpoint.

To find out more please call Tammy on 0345 340 2458 or email