Why people volunteer

6th June 2015

This week, 1 – 7 June, we have been celebrating all our volunteering heroes, recognising the range of activities and hard work they do to raise vital funds and awareness

Volunteer week Saturday
Today we look at just how much they do. 

In total, there are 426 volunteers at Meningitis Now who have given us 3,500 hours of their time since June 2014. Based on the living wage, that’s worth nearly £30,000.

Here are just some of the things our volunteers do:

  • Raise awareness with health professionals at GP surgeries, clinics and hospitals
  • Raise awareness within educational settings including schools, nurseries, playgroups and childminders
  • Raise awareness at work
  • Attend health fairs and conferences etc.
  • Give talks about meningitis to anyone who wants a speaker. This could be WI, Scouts, Girl Guides, schools, Rotary Clubs, Lions etc.
  • Raise funds by being part of street collections, store collections and bag packing
  • Help place our collection tins in the community
  • Collect cheques from people who have raised funds for us
  • Cheering at events such as London Marathon, Ride London and the Great North Run
  • Promote events by handing out and displaying flyers 
  • Help out at events such as our Five Valleys Walk and Christmas concerts
  • Sharing tweets, Facebook posts and getting behind our campaigns
  • Undertaking research for us on their home computers

Ever wonder why people volunteer? 

“I volunteer because I love supporting a cause I care so much about and hope that someday my efforts will contribute towards the eradication of meningitis.”

Catherine Eden

“The incredible people who work for Meningitis Now are superheroes - supportive, dedicated and ever inspiring superheroes - who wouldn’t want to give their time to this very special cause?”

Mhari Smith

“Meningitis Now was there for me and put myself and Lucy’s older sister through counselling.  It was just a natural thing for me to want to give something back.”

Amanda Gray

"I love volunteering because meningitis changed my life. If I can prevent just one person being in the same situation as me by simply raising awareness, that would be amazing.”

Jemma Pressman

Find out more about volunteering for Meningitis Now here