Summary of this role

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


Description of tasks

  • To complete the training programme delivered by The Encephalitis Society
  • 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 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 referral from the Society, but an estimate of five hours a month are expected.

Project overall responsibility: Director of Operations

Day-to-day management: Support Coordinator

Place of volunteering: Home and community

Qualities/skills sought:

  • Good 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 Coordinator

     Tel: +44(0) 1653 692583

     Email: [email protected]