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 10th August, 6-7pm (BST)
  • Tuesday 13th September, 6-7pm (BST) (Please note this will be on a Tuesday this month only)
  • Wednesday 12th October, 6-7pm (BST)
  • Wednesday 9th November, 6-7pm (GMT)
  • Wednesday 7th December, 6-pm (GMT)

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

  • Wednesday 17th August, 6-7.30pm (BST)
  • Wednesday 21st September, 6-7.30pm (BST)
  • Wednesday 19th October, 6-7.30pm (BST)
  • Wednesday 16th November, 6-7.30pm (GMT)
  • Wednesday 14th December, 6-7.30pm (GMT)

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 27th July, 6-7pm (BST)
  • Wednesday 24th August, 6-7pm (BST)
  • Wednesday 28th September, 6-7pm (BST)
  • Wednesday 26th October, 6-7pm (BST)
  • Wednesday 23rd November, 6-7pm (GMT)
  • Wednesday 14th December, 6-7pm (GMT)

We are holding a virtual gathering for those who have experienced 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.  

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.

Please note that you need to be an Encephalitis Society member to access these meetings. If you are not already a member, please sign up today to become a Member! Membership is free.

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
Friday 23rd September at 6pm
Saturday 5th November - in person - please see In-person support groups | The Encephalitis Society for more details.
Friday 2nd December at 6pm

London
Saturday 17th September - in person, please see In-person support groups | The Encephalitis Society for more details.
Tuesday 11th October at 6pm
Tuesday 8th November at 6pm
Saturday 17th December - in person, please see In-person support groups | The Encephalitis Society for more details.

Scotland
Wednesday 21st September at 7pm
Wednesday 19th October at 7pm
Saturday 26th November - in person in Glasgow, please see In-person support groups | The Encephalitis Society for more details.
Wednesday 14th December at 7pm

Northern Ireland
Tuesday 20th September at 6.30pm
Tuesday 15th November at 6.30pm

Republic of Ireland
Saturday 17th September - in person in Dublin, please see In-person support groups | The Encephalitis Society for more details.
Tuesday 4th October at 6pm
Tuesday 1st November at 6pm
Tuesday 6th December at 6pm

Australia and New Zealand
Wednesday 5th October - get in touch for local time
Wednesday 2nd November - get in touch for local time
Wednesday 7th December - get in touch for local time

If you are interested in joining any of these calls, 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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