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Volunteering opportunities board

Meningitis Now volunteers

Welcome to our Opportunities Board

You can get involved in your local area with our one-off events, and you’ll find details of our regular roles at the bottom of this page.

You can also keep updated by joining our Volunteers Facebook group. If you’d like to get involved with any of the opportunities email us at volunteering@meningitisnow.org.

Current opportunities

Fundraising support

London Landmarks Half Marathon 2024 (London central half marathon through Westminster and the city)

  • When: Sunday 7 April 2024 - 10.15am - 2pm
  • Where: Cheering Point - the Walrus and Carpenter Pub

We are looking for volunteers for the London Landmarks Half Marathon to cheer on our amazing runners. After the race we will be meeting at St James's Park to congratulate the runners. This event always has a carnival feel with costumes, music and plenty of colour!

We are looking for volunteers to help at -

-Cheering point

-Post-race meet & greet in the park

Staff and Volunteers will be travelling from the cheer point to St James's Park by underground. We are happy to reimburse tube ticket expenses post event. 

London Marathon 2024

  • When: Sunday 21 April 2024 - 10am - 5pm
  • Where: Various locations in Central London

We are looking for volunteers for the London Marathon to ensure our runners receive the support and care that they deserve during and after running the incredible 26.2 mile course. Those of you who have volunteered previously at the London Marathon will know it is a really fun day filled with so much excitement! This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow volunteers and staff.

We are looking for volunteers to help at -

-Our Cheering Point - the Walrus and Carpenter Pub at mile 23

-The Post-Race Reception at the Royal Overseas League

-At the end of the race to collect our runners

Transport is also provided from Stroud on the 21 April via coach, departing from our Head Office in Stroud at 7:00am and leaving London at 5pm to be back in Stroud for 7:30pm (approx)

Five Valleys Walk 2024

  • When: Sunday 29 September 2024 - 7.15am - 17.30pm
  • Where: Stroud, Gloucestershire

Our flagship 21 mile Five Valleys Walk takes place on Sunday 29th September in Stroud. This fun filled annual event has been running for over 30 years, and is organised and run entirely by Meningitis Now.

We need lots of volunteers to help make it a great day! In the past our volunteers have come from far and wide to join us for this iconic walk.

You can help us:
- Set up
- Run one of the eight checkpoints
- Help pre-registered walkers or register walkers on the day

This walk takes place in stunning scenery, and you'll be joining a warm and friendly team for a really great day out!

We need volunteers to do either a morning shift, an afternoon shift or the full day.
Three shift times available for volunteers:
- Morning shift – 07:15 – 12:45 
- Afternoon shift – 12:30 – 18:00 
- All-day shift – 07:15 – 18:00

If you are available to help on the day or would like more information about the event, please contact our volunteer team.

Awareness raising opportunities

Can you give an awareness talk?
Talks are one of the most powerful ways you can reach a large group of people with meningitis awareness. We have an off-the-peg meningitis short awareness PowerPoint talk and we will give you lots of friendly support so you feel confident and well prepared. 

  • Sixth forms and universities - You could contact your local sixth forms, colleges and universities to ask if you could give a short talk to the students.
  • In your local community Do you belong to any community groups such as Rotary groups or Women's Institutes where you can arrange to give our 20-minute PowerPoint presentation?

Can you help review some course materials?

We are putting together a sleep management course and require some volunteers to review the materials. You would liaise with Dr Sue Jackson who is leading the course. She would contact you every one or two weeks with course materials. Your task would be to look through and see if any phrases or wording are inappropriate to those who have had meningitis, or if there is any way to make it more user friendly. If you would like to help with this please get in touch with Becky at  beckyh@meningitisnow.org who can give you more information.

Will you host a collection tin?

We recently picked up a collection tin from a local builder's merchant which had £90 in. These collection tins all add up and are the easiest way to fundraise. Please will you order two collection tins to put in local businesses? The money fundraised will help fund our support and research.

Contact us

If you’ve seen a volunteer role you like, we’d love to hear from you. 

Please email our Volunteering team to place your order or find out more information.

On behalf of everyone who relies on our work, thank you for getting involved.

Become a Community Volunteer

“I am a passionate believer in what Meningitis Now is doing and about helping to spread awareness of this disease. Sometimes it can be very difficult and very emotional too, but it’s worth it. The respect that goes with volunteering helps make life feel positive.” Damion - Community Volunteer

“I volunteer in many ways; distributing literature, attending awareness fairs, promoting and assisting with Toddle Waddle events, London Marathon and more. Volunteering is my therapy. I gain so much from it and I always try to be there when I am needed.” Mary - Community Ambassador

Download our Community Volunteer role description to find out more about how you can volunteer for us.

Contact us

If you’ve seen a volunteer role you like, we’d love to hear from you. Email our volunteer team.

On behalf of everyone who relies on our work, thank you for getting involved.