Summary of this role:

To provide support to the Communication and Fundraising Services of the Encephalitis Society.

Description of tasks:

  • To organise and conduct awareness activities including talks, presentations, interviews and other media involvement.
  • To build knowledge of the Society’s history, activities and services.
  • To source appropriate opportunities for raising awareness of encephalitis and the Encephalitis Society.
  • To take part in the Society’s awareness events such as WED (World Encephalitis Day).
  • To support our fundraisers at various fundraising activities.
  • To complete the training programme delivered by the Encephalitis Society.
  • To feedback and report details of their activities to the Encephalitis Society on a regular basis.

Please note that the Awareness Volunteer role does not allow you to give medical or other specialist information or counselling. Dealing with press, media and PR are only permitted with a prior agreement from the Society.

Estimated total hours: Flexible, depending on individual commitments and the Society’s need, an estimate of five hours a month would be ideal but even if you can only give one hour a month we would still love to hear from you!

Place of volunteering: Various community locations and home-based.

Qualities/skills sought:

  • Great communication, presentation and people skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • A good understanding of encephalitis and its implications.
  • Willingness to develop through training.
  • Willingness to attend various events.

Benefits to the volunteer:

  • Personal development.
  • Recognition of their contribution to the Society.
  • Reasonable expenses paid.
  • Increased likelihood of gaining paid work from voluntary experience.
  • Regular training, updates and supervision from the Encephalitis Society.
  • Feel that you are part of a team.
  • Possibility to make a difference in somebody’s life.

For further information or to request an application form please contact Laura Bowditch, Volunteer Manager by email in the first instance [email protected] If this isn't convenient please write to Laura at: 32 Castlegate, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7DT, UK.