Volunteering at Encephalitis International
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Encephalitis International and have helped to turn us into the award-winning organisation we are today.
There are many ways you can become a volunteer with Team Encephalitis – and you don’t need to be working in our office to get involved.
We usually ask for around four hours a month but we are really flexible, so even if you can spare one hour we would still love to hear from you!
We are looking for volunteers from all over the world, so please get in touch today.
Why do we need volunteers?
- Volunteers help the Society support and reach communities around the world.
- They help connect and support people who have experienced encephalitis.
- To help spread and raise awareness around the globe.
- To help with research, projects and campaigns.
- To shape our services and resources as people who have lived experience of encephalitis, either directly or indirectly.
Some benefits of volunteering:
- To gain practical experience.
- Make friends, meet people and share your experience with others.
- Join a caring and passionate team who want to make a difference.
- Develop your skills and learn new ones.
- Enhance your CV/resume.
- Feel a sense of purpose and value.
- Help you in your recovery.
- Help others through your experiences with the possibility of making a difference to their lives.
- Satisfaction, happiness and fun.
- A sense of empowerment and giving something back.
Not only does it connect you with others, volunteering benefits your mind and soul and can bring fun and focus to your life. For anyone looking to return to work or education, it can help rebuild confidence and look attractive to potential employers.
We have a number of roles available, whether you are interested in raising awareness, providing support, or sharing information about encephalitis.
Diversity in Volunteering
As we know, encephalitis does not discriminate. It can affect people of any age, gender or ethnicity.
Encephalitis International strives to create an inclusive environment, representative of, and responsive to, different cultures and groups, where everyone has an equal chance to succeed, and the diversity of the communities we serve are reflected at all levels within our volunteer workforce.
We want everyone to feel welcome, accepted and represented, no matter their background, geographical location, type of encephalitis, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion etc.
We deem it important to not only have a diverse volunteer team, but to also provide diverse volunteer roles to suit a range of people and their needs, motivations and skills.
We are keen to reach underrepresented groups and communities who are unaware of our services, which means we need volunteers who can speak different languages.
We have put together some adverts in different languages which can be found here. If your language is not listed but you are still interested in getting involved, we would still love to hear from you.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering with Encephalitis International, please get in touch by sending an email or calling +44(0)1653 692583
Why become a volunteer?
Pauline is our Team Encephalitis Volunteer based in Scotland. She has helped with research, 1:1 support, raising awareness, and helps host our Scottish Online Peer Support Group, amongst other things.
Here, Pauline explains why she became a volunteer and what she enjoys about being a part of the team:
Hannah is our Team Encephalitis Volunteer from Ireland. She has supported others, set up and ran our Online Peer Support Group in Ireland, and helped with campaigns such as World Encephalitis Day.
Here, Hannah talks about why she volunteers for the Encephalitis International:
Volunteer with us
Volunteers make the work we do possible, and have been a vital part of making us the award-winning organisation we are today. We're looking for volunteers from all over the world, so please get in touch if you're interest in joining Team Encephalitis - we'd love to have you!Get in touch