Please note:

*The Support role is only available to people living in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
This role is subject to a police check and successful Safeguarding training. This training will need to be updated as and when required.*

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 person, and/or run an online support group in order to learn about encephalitis, its consequences and shared experiences.
  • To complete the training programme delivered by the Encephalitis Society, including Safeguarding and a relevant police check, and the willingness to renew this as and when required.
  • 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.

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!

Place of volunteering: Home-based, online and community.

Qualities/skills sought:

  • Great telephone, computer and people skills.
  • A good understanding of encephalitis and its implications.
  • Willingness to develop through training.
  • Good empathy and understanding for other people's situations.
  • Desire to help and support people affected, their 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.