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Working and volunteering for us

Working and volunteering for us

A small organisation that regularly punches above its weight, Action for M.E. is leading, with others, a growing community working to create real change on the scale so urgently needed at a local, national and international level. Our 2016 – 2021 strategy sets out how we meet need now to improve the lives of people with M.E. while taking action to secure change for the future.

Along with paid roles, we work with amazing volunteers, and we could not achieve what we do without them. By volunteering for us, you can enhance your skills and experiences whilst also providing crucial support to those affected by M.E. in the UK.

*This page has been created to inform people about potential working and volunteering opportunities with our organisation. We do not require the services of recruitment agencies regarding recruitment.*


Services Team Leader

Salary: £32-35,000 per annum dependent on experience
Hours of work: Full-time, 35 hours per week
Location: Keynsham, near Bristol/Bath
Deadline for applications: 9am Monday 16 March 2020

Having the right information at the right time can make a crucial difference to those trying to find the best way to live with M.E. Adults, families and young people with this serious neurological condition have told us how our support services make a real difference to their lives:

"I just wanted to say thank you for your time. It really helped to talk to someone who understands. That’s what I needed. I doubt even a double appointment with an engaged GP would have been as much help. I guess I'm trying to say how much I value your service! You suggested lots of ways to broaden my support, I've got a plan."

We need an experienced manager, with a compassionate and collaborative approach, to oversee our growing information and support services for young people, adults and families with M.E. This exciting, varied new role offers the opportunity to not only lead day-to-day operations for our Children and Young People's Service and Information and Support Service, but also work creatively to develop these, along with our regional advocacy service, so we can reach even more people who need us. If you'd like to join our small, dedicated team, please download the application pack. For an informal chat about the role, please contact Ruth Richardson, Operations Director, on on 0117 937 6632.


Fundraising Administrator

Salary: £17,500 per annum (pro rata)
Hours of work: Part-time, 21 hours per week (days/times to be agreed)
Location: Keynsham, near Bristol/Bath
Deadline for applications: 9am Monday 2 March 2020

Action for M.E. is dedicated to ending the ignorance, injustice and neglect experienced by people with M.E. Despite being the largest M.E. charity in the UK, we have a small staff team and are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Fundraising Administrator to support our planned growth and the exciting changes on the horizon.

I’d been thinking about fundraising for a while and Walk with M.E. seemed like the perfect fit. I can join in with the small amount of steps I can do, and my family and friends can be a part of it as well. Fundraising like this really helps people to realise there is something really important they can do to help.”

This is feedback from Holly, who has M.E. Our unique team sponsored Walk with M.E. campaign is just one of the projects you’ll be working on when you join us as Fundraising Administrator. You’ll have some experience of fundraising – or bags of interest and enthusiasm in learning fast – and be able to work independently, as well as part of our creative and committed team. You’ll be supporting the team across a range of different fundraising streams, from community fundraising to trusts and foundations so the ability to manage and prioritise a varied workload is a must. If you’d like to join the only UK charity that supports both children and adults with M.E., and help us reach even more people living with this non-visible illness, please download the application pack. For an informal chat about the role, please contact Bella Whately, Fundraising Manager, on 0117 937 6625.


Fundraising Volunteer

Salary: Unpaid/volunteer
Hours of work: min 4 hours per week, max 35 hours per week
Location: Keynsham, near Bristol/Bath

As fundraising volunteer you'll be providing assistance in tasks within the community and trust areas of fundraising as well as taking part in Action for M.E. events and campaigns and contributing to the team meetings and huddles. This role would be great for someone looking to gain or build-on experience in fundraising or office administration, we'll provide you with training, support and flexibility to allow you to explore areas of fundraising you're interested in. This role will require good communication skills and an understanding of Microsoft Office suite. We’re looking for someone who has the ability to use their own initiative, work independently and within a team.

For more information and details on how to apply, please download our Fundraising Volunteer application pack.


Action for M.E. Office Volunteer

Salary: Unpaid/volunteer
Hours of work: min 4 hours per week, max 35 hours per week
Location: Keynsham, near Bristol/Bath

We’re looking for a volunteer to join our small, friendly office team at Action for M.E. You’ll be providing assistance to the fundraising, financial and information and support teams in day-to-day administrative tasks as well as taking part in events, campaigns and contributing to team meetings. This role will require basic good communication skills and an understanding of Microsoft Office suite. We’re looking for someone who has the ability to use their own initiative, work independently and within a team. Training and support will be provided throughout and travel costs reimbursed.

For more information and details on how to apply, please download our Office Volunteer application pack.


Other volunteering

Much of the work we do is made possible by our fantastic volunteers. Some have been with us for many years, while others gain valuable work experience over shorter periods. Supporting our administrative, communications, marketing, fundraising and support work, some of our volunteers work with us in our Bristol office, while others make their essential contribution from home.

  • Action for M.E.’s Mentor M.E. peer-support network is a five-year project to develop a network of volunteer peer mentors supporting people living with M.E. in Scotland. If you have direct experience of M.E. (this can include caring for a friend or family member), are aged 18 or over, and live in Scotland, we'd love to hear from you.
  • Some key services for our Young Person's Community are led by young volunteers (aged 18 and under) living with M.E. Some contribute to our community forum, helping users feel less isolated and more confident about making connections. Others write to those children and young people severely affected by M.E., without the expectation of a reply. Interested? Find our more.
  • Action for M.E.’s free regional advocacy supports adults (age 18 and over) living with M.E. in the Midlands and South West, and is delivered through a combination of paid staff and volunteer advocates. If you're interested in becoming a volunteer advocate, we would love to hear from you.


Pro bono support

A range of medical, research and professional advisors provide an invaluable network of support for Action for M.E. on a pro bono basis.

All have one thing in common: they are hugely valued not just by our staff and Trustees, but also the people with M.E. they help us support. We are immeasurably grateful value for the time and energy they spend enriching our work, and helping us reach even more people affected by M.E.

If this sounds like something you're interested in, please get in touch.