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 every week 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 meetings for specific parts of the community.

2022 meeting schedule:

Every Thursday 4-5pm (BST/GMT) – weekly gathering, open to all (with a member of the support team), starting from Thursday 13th January, 2022.

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

  • Wednesday 12th January, 6-7pm (GMT)
  • Wednesday 9th February, 6-7pm (GMT)
  • Wednesday 9th March, 6-7pm (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 19th January, 6-7.30pm (GMT)
  • Wednesday 16th February, 6-7.30pm (GMT)
  • Wednesday 16th March, 6-7.30pm (GMT)

A further pilot Wednesday meeting, for parents of children affected by encephalitis will take place on Wednesday 26th January 6-7pm (GMT). Please get in touch to sign up for this meeting. 

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.

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 who have been directly or indirectly affected by encephalitis.

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

England

Greater Manchester
Monday 17th January at 6pm
Monday 21st March at 6pm

London
Saturday 15th January at 10am
Saturday 12th February at 10am
Saturday 12th March (in-person, restrictions-pending, get in touch for more details)

Scotland
Saturday 8th January at 11am
Saturday 5th February at 11am
Saturday 5th March (in-person, restrictions-pending, get in touch for more details)

Northern Ireland
Tuesday 11th January at 7.30pm
Tuesday 15th February at 7.30pm

Republic of Ireland
Saturday 29th January at 11am
Saturday 26th February at 11am
Saturday 26th March (in-person, restrictions-pending, get in touch for more details)

Australia and New Zealand
Monday 31st January (get in touch for local time)
Monday 28th February (get in touch for local time)
Monday 28th March (get in touch for local time)

If you are interested in joining any of these - or would like to set one up in your area* - please email Laura, Volunteer Manager - [email protected]**


*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.

**Please register your interest at least 24 hours before a meeting.


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