Volunteering news November 2018

29th November 2018

Read the latest update from our Volunteering team for the month

Meningitis Now volunteer newsletter November 2018

Raising awareness with adults

A study carried out for us reveals that 95% of people aged over 55 do not consider themselves to be at risk from meningitis and septicaemia, despite the risk of meningitis increasing in older adults.

The study also highlights that three-quarters of this age group are not confident in recognising the signs and symptoms of the disease. 

That's why our Adults Get It Too campaign is calling on people over 55 to learn the signs and symptoms to help look after themselves and their loved ones. Without vaccines for all types of meningitis, remaining vigilant is vital.

As a volunteer, you can get involved by ordering and distributing posters, leaflets and signs and symptoms cards as well as setting up talks to community groups. Perhaps you would be willing to share your story if you are over 55 and have had meningitis yourself? Just get in touch with us at volunteering@meningitisnow.org if you would like to join the campaign.

House of Commons

Several volunteer Ambassadors and other volunteers joined MPs and other guests for the launch of our Adults Get It Too campaign at the House of Commons. Many have personal stories of how meningitis has affected them or those they love as adults, and the strength they have shown in dealing with the consequences. Community Ambassador Holly McNaughton gave a speech, telling us about how when her mother had meningitis their life changed and the difficult, uncertain and long path she had looking after her younger siblings. Wonderfully, her mum recovered and was at the House of Commons alongside Holly.

Volunteer round-up

Student Campaign 2018 - A huge thank you to all of you who have been out and about at freshers fairs and wellbeing fairs as well as vaccination events, raising awareness with students in the last few months.

Thirty six volunteers have been along to events at thirty universities up and down the UK, talking to students and meeting each other too. You have been developing existing relationships and building new ones which will ensure that we continue to raise awareness with students into the future.

Scouting and Guiding meningitis awareness - Jeanette and Cliff Bull visited the huge scouting event, Chamboree, earlier this year where their awareness raising was fun and successful.

More recently, Lincolnshire based volunteers, Tony and Marilyn Hines, have been liaising with Lincolnshire Scouting and Guide associations to try and create greater awareness of meningitis.

Their first contact went well, with 3,000 symptoms cards being distributed to some county guiding divisions. They are discussing rolling this out further with the remaining commissioners.

Thank you Marilyn and Tony; what a great initiative! 

Could you do the same in your area? Email us to get involved.


Welcome to our new Volunteer Officer Isobel Black, who has joined us at Head Office in Stroud!

2018/19 - Looking ahead

Cinderella the Panto - We are looking for more helpers to help out with front of house and / or backstage duties at a panto fundraiser on 28 February, 1 and 2 March next year. Cinderella will take place at EDF Energy Lecture Theatre at Barnwood, Gloucester. There are four shows over the three days. 

Would you like to get involved? Oh yes you would! Email us at volunteering@meningitisnow.org or give us a ring on 01453 769 033.

Keep up to date with current opportunities by looking at our Facebook page and the Opportunities Board on our website. 

Keep in touch

We love to hear what you're doing!

  • Drop us a line on 01453 769 033 when you're raising awareness
  • Ask the Volunteering team when you need resources to support your activities
  • Send in your photos and stories
  • 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 page.

Thank you for all of your valued contributions as well as everything you've been doing that we haven't heard about.