Virtual Gatherings Guidelines

Throughout 2020, 2021 and the lockdowns due to COVID-19, the Encephalitis Society have held virtual meetings for members as a fun way to come together in self-isolation.

Feedback from attendees has showed that the community love having a place to gather to share stories and experiences, no matter where they are from in the world. In 2022 we will continue to host a weekly meeting with one of the support team as part of our regular offering, and host additional monthly meetings for specific parts of the community.

2022 meeting schedule:

Every Thursday 4-5pm (GMT/BST) – weekly gathering, open to all (with a member of the support team).

Monthly Wednesday meetings for people directly affected by encephalitis, as below (with a member of the support team, and volunteer with relevant experiences):

  • Wednesday 8th June, 6-7pm (BST)
  • Wednesday 13th July, 6-7pm (BST)
  • Wednesday 10th August, 6-7pm (BST)

Monthly Wednesday meetings for carers/family members/support networks, as below (with a member of the support team, and volunteer with relevant experiences):

  • Wednesday 15th June, 6-7.30pm (BST)
  • Wednesday 20th July, 6-7.30pm (BST)
  • Wednesday 24th August, 6-7.30pm (BST)

Monthly Wednesday meetings for parents of children affected by encephalitis, as below (with a member of the support team, and volunteer with relevant experiences):

  • Wednesday 22nd June, 6-7pm (BST)
  • Wednesday 27th July, 6-7pm (BST)
  • Wednesday 24th August, 6-7pm (BST)

We are holding a virtual gathering for those who have gone through bereavement as a result of encephalitis. This will be held on:

  • Wednesday 10th August, 6-7pm (BST)

Please contact our Volunteer and Wellbeing Manager, Laura if you would like more info or to sign up for this call - [email protected].

Further Wednesday meetings for 2022 will be advertised here and on our social media channels in the new 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.

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 who have been directly or indirectly affected by encephalitis.

We have the following set up so far this year (BST/GMT):

England
North West
Saturday 13 August - in-person meet up in Manchester, please get in touch for more info.

London
Saturday 18th June - in-person meet up, please get in touch for more info.

Scotland
Wednesday 18th May - in-person meet up in Glasgow, please get in touch for more info.
Wednesday 22nd June at 7pm

Northern Ireland
Tuesday 24th May at 6.30pm
Tuesday 22nd June at 6.30pm

Republic of Ireland
Tuesday 7th June at 6pm

Australia and New Zealand
Monday 4th July - get in touch for local time.
Monday 8th August- get in touch for local time.

If you are interested in joining any of these please register your interest at least 24 hours prior to the meeting by emailing Laura, Volunteer and Wellbeing Manager - [email protected] 

If you don't see your area covered and would like to set one up, please email Laura - [email protected] for a chat*.

*Please be mindful if you would like to run one in your area you will need to train as a Support Volunteer which includes a Safeguarding course and a police check.




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