Please note the Support role is only available to people living in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Summary of this role:

To provide support to people affected by encephalitis, their families and friends.

Description of tasks:

  • To map sources of support available locally and/or nationally.
  • To provide a listening ear to people affected by encephalitis and their families.
  • To provide understanding and empathy of people’s problems following encephalitis.
  • To provide information about encephalitis and its consequences.
  • To signpost people to services and organisations which may help.
  • To organise local opportunities for people to meet in order to learn about encephalitis and its consequences and share their experiences.
  • To complete the training programme delivered by the Encephalitis Society.
  • To feedback and report details of referrals and clients exchanges to the Encephalitis Society on a regular basis.

Please note that the Support Volunteer role does not allow you to give medical or other specialist information or counselling. Dealing with press, media and PR is not included in the volunteer activities also.

Length of commitment: To be assessed on yearly basis.

Estimated total hours: Flexible, depending on individual commitments and number of referrals from the Society. 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!

Project overall responsibility: Director of Services.

Day-to-day management: Volunteer Manager.

Place of volunteering: Home-based and community.

Qualities/skills sought:

  • Great telephone, internet and people skills.
  • A good understanding of encephalitis and its implications.
  • Willingness to develop through training.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Desire to help and support people affected, families and friends.

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.