Coronavirus and encephalitis Virtual gatherings Throughout 2020 and the lockdowns due to COVID-19, the Encephalitis Society held virtual meetings for members as a fun way to come together in self-isolation. Feedback from attendees showed that the community love having a place to gather every week to share stories and experiences, no matter where they are from in the world. From 2021 we are continuing to host a weekly meeting with one of the support team as part of our regular offering, and are hosting an additional meeting for specific parts of the community once a month. 2021 meeting schedule: Every Thursday 4-5pm (GMT) – weekly gathering, open to all (with a member of the support team), starting Thursday 7th January, 2021 Last Wednesday of each month, 6-7pm (GMT) specific groups as advertised below (with a member of the support team, and volunteer with relevant experiences): Wednesday January 27th 6-7pm (GMT) for people directly affected by encephalitis. Wednesday February 24th 6-7pm (GMT) for 18s and under, affected by encephalitis. Wednesday March 31st 6-7pm (BST) for family members, carers and support networks. Wednesday April 28th 6-7pm (BST) for people directly affected by encephalitis. Wednesday May 26th 6-7pm (BST) for 18s and under, affected by encephalitis. Wednesday June 30th 6-7pm (BST) for family members, carers and support networks. Further Wednesday groups will be advertised here and on our social media channels later in the year. We hold meetings via Zoom, a video chat website. If you interested in taking part, please get in touch* *Please register your interest at least 24 hours before a meeting. Volunteer-led Regional Virtual Gatherings A number of our trained Support Volunteers also hold regular regional virtual gatherings on Zoom. These are a fantastic way to meet and connect with other members of the Society in your local area (in the UK and Southern Ireland) who have been directly or indirectly affected by encephalitis.We have the following set up so far this year: EnglandPortsmouth - TBCSW London - Saturday 17 AprilScotlandSaturday 17 AprilSaturday 15 MaySaturday 12 JuneNorthern IrelandSaturday 10 April Saturday 8 May Saturday 12 June Republic of IrelandSaturday 24 April Saturday 29 MaySaturday 26 JuneIf you are interested in joining any of these - or would like to set one up in your area in the UK - please email Laura, Volunteer Manager - [email protected]* *Please register your interest at least 24 hours before a meeting.