Volunteering news June 2019

21st June 2019

Read the latest update from our Volunteering team for the month

Volunteer newsletter June 2019 letterbox

We're halfway through 2019! Wondering what to do next? Here are some ideas for the summer months...

Summer is coming, so they say! Is there a local fete where you can raise awareness of meningitis signs and symptoms? Why don't you book a stand and ask us for our "How to run an awareness stand" briefing. We can send you some fantastic resources too.

Are there local universities where you would like to raise awareness? Let us know and we will help you to set something up.

Thank you to all of you who completed the survey; we will cover this in a future newsletter.

Volunteer round-up

Cliff and Jeanette Bull set up an awareness stand at Farnborough Academy in Nottingham on 29 May at their Football Goalpost Jumper Day. The organiser lost his young baby boy to meningitis some 29 years ago. Thank you Cliff and Jeanette for supporting him and us with your fantastic awareness raising!

Alison Westwood went along to speak at a charity concert in Cardiff. The memorial concert was organised by Laura Davidson in memory of her daughter, Eva. Laura said, "It went really well and Alison was fab. We raised over £1,000." Thank you Alison for representing Meningitis Now at this special evening.

Toby Adlington did his first talk at the end of May. He went along to Dassault Systems' cake sale to represent us. It's a big thing to do your first talk and the feedback was incredible. Dassault said, 'Toby was very professional, his speech was informative about the disease and its effects, and he connected emotionally with the audience; one audience member was moved almost to tears. I’m certain having Toby come along and present was a large factor in encouraging staff to donate and in raising the amount we did." Thank you Toby. We hope you got a whopping piece of cake!

The Vitality London 10,000 took place on 27 May. Mary Garley and Vanessa Whiting went along to support Team Tangerine. In all, 25 Meningitis Now runners took on the London 10k this year and raised nearly £10k for Meningitis Now! Thank you Mary and Vanessa for your support.

Volunteers' Week, from 1-7 June, was a great opportunity to thank you all for your volunteering for Meningitis Now. With your help, we raise awareness up and down the country, reaching people we simply couldn't without you.

To celebrate you, our volunteers, and all that you do, we told the stories of five individuals on our volunteers Facebook page. Take a look here to read about them if you haven't already. It was great to be able to share their stories. If you would like us to share your story, let us know and find a picture for us too. 

New volunteers

New volunteer Molly has joined us in June. A very warm welcome to you - we are really happy to have you as part of our Meningitis Now team!

Volunteering opportunities 2019 - Can you help?

Join the team! Cheer on our riders, runners and walkers!

National Citizen Service Summer Programme Talks - The NCS young people's summer programme is taking place through July and August. We have filled some dates and are still looking for volunteers to go along and talk to the young people about meningitis in Pershore, Worcestershire on Thursdays 25 July, and 8 and 15 August. 

Gosfield Triathlon - We are looking for volunteers to take car parking receipts and run awareness stands at Gosfield, Essex on Sunday 7 July. 

Keep in touch - we love to hear what you are doing! 

  • Drop us a line when you are raising awareness.
  • Ask the Volunteer Team for help and resources to support your activities.
  • Send us your photos and stories - we love receiving them!
  • Count your preparation and travel time when you let us know your hours.
  • Share your volunteering pictures, stories and ideas and virtually meet other ambassadors and volunteers on our Facebook group too.

  • Meningitis after-effects - deaf dancer Chris Fonseca blog

    Dancing to the rhythm

    Seeing Chris Fonseca on BBC1’s The Greatest Dancer was so inspiring. It was great to see the profile of meningitis and deafness being raised

  • Meningitis Now Ambassador Lynette MBE blog

    Lynette awarded MBE

    Congratulations to our Community Ambassador Lynette Adjei, who was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List

  • Meningitis amputee Young Ambassador Lyndon Longhorne

    Inspired by sport

    As long as you get stronger and better at the task you are performing then you know that you have achieved something in yourself

  • Water bottles donated to Meningitis Now blog

    Gotta lotta bottle

    It’s proving a real bonus and talking point for us having these bottles for our supporters at our events