Volunteering news

30th March 2015

What have our volunteers have been up to in March?


March has been a very busy month for us in the volunteer team. We have so many wonderful volunteers who have helped to make the following events a success

Bath and Silverstone half marathons – volunteers cheered on our runners and greeted them at the end, making the day really special for the runners.

Head office – our great team of volunteers regularly help us at our head office in Stroud and do a great job in supporting our different teams; with jobs such as counting money received from donations, sending out materials to support fundraisers in the community and awareness literature to people who are spreading the word about meningitis.

Attending health awareness fairs – we have had several awareness stands at conferences this month in London, Wales, Warwickshire, Cheltenham and Stroud where volunteers helped to man our stalls and give out our literature to the conference delegates.

Supermarket collections and street collections – this month we have had two street collections one in Cheltenham and one in Cardiff, with a fantastic team of volunteers who have helped at both by holding collection buckets for people to put in a donation and handing out our signs and symptoms cards.

What’s coming up- we have two ‘Roles of the Month’ this time

  • Brighton Marathon Sunday 12 April 
  • London Marathon Sunday 26 April

We need volunteers to support our runners and encourage them as they take on the challenge of running a marathon. Sign up now to cheer them on and show your support for the runners.

To find out more on how you can help at either or for information about volunteering, please get in touch with the volunteer team by emailing volunteerdevelopment@meningitisnow.org or give Tammy a call on 0345 340 2458.

Volunteer Opportunities Board

We advertise all of our volunteering opportunities so please take a look and see if there is anything coming up that you wish to take part in. Opportunities are added all the time so keep an eye on it.  We also email everyone who has registered an interest in supporting us, so if you wish to be emailed with advance notification, please contact us by emailing volunteerdevelopment@meningitisnow.org and we will add you to our mailing list or sign up here 

Young Ambassadors

Our Young Ambassadors took our Beat it Now! Campaign to the heart of the Government in March when a number of young ambassadors, who have had experience of meningitis B, were invited to tour No 10 Downing Street by David Cameron. The Prime Minister’s special advisor on health, Nick Seddon sat round the cabinet table with them and shared their experiences with him about how meningitis had affected them and their families and why it is so important to get the vaccine introduced. Before going into Downing Street they delivered our emergency petition with over 11,000 signatures to a representative of the Secretary of State for Health at the Department of Health.

Thank you

We can never say thank you enough to everyone who volunteers their time to help support us, but this month we would like to say a special thank you to Sacha Hannah. Sacha who lives locally to our head office in Stroud, has helped an enormous amount over the years with various things including, coming into the office, helping our support team, taking part in forum groups, street collections, awareness talks to mention a few. This month alone Sacha has helped our Individual Giving team, raised awareness at an awareness stand in a local theatre, helped at a street collection and has been doing some work for our support team. We also would like to say a huge thank you to Sacha’s mum Lydia Hannah who also has helped support us over the years.

Sacha and Lydia are always happy to help and do an amazing job raising awareness and helping with fundraising, it doesn’t seem enough to just say thank you but we really want them to know how much we appreciate their help.