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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.

We are currently underrepresented by men, non-binary and black and minority ethnic people in our workforce and would particularly welcome applicants from these groups.

Action for M.E. supports the Women in Business Charter: Bristol. The Charter recognises and supports the work of Bristol Businesses to create workplaces that are gender equal.

*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.*


Trust Consultant

Deadline for proposal: Monday 11 October 2021

We are looking for a Trust Consultant to support our trust programme and lead on writing high value trust applications while working with the senior management team to write reports to current funders and lead the identification and approaches to trusts and foundations who have not previously supported the work of Action for M.E.

For more information or to submit a proposal, please see our Trust Consultant Specification or email Bella Whately, Fundraising Manager.


Communications and Marketing Officer

Hours of work: Full time (35 hours per week). Part-time/job share (e.g. 2 x 0.5FTE roles) and flexible working requests will also be considered.
Salary: £22,000 per annum pro rata
Location: Keynsham office or home-based anywhere in the UK
Deadline for applications: 5pm Monday 18 October 2021

Are you a passionate communications and marketing expert who wants to make a real difference to the lives of children and adults with M.E. who experience years, even decades, in lockdown? You will play a vital role in promoting the charity and its work, and engaging with the M.E. community to ensure they can access the support and services they need; and that those around have a better understanding of M.E. and its impact, including professionals, policy-makers and the public. If you are a highly motivated, creative and committed person who can help increase awareness and understanding of M.E. through a wide range of communications and marketing channels we would love to hear from you.

For more information or to apply, please download our application pack.


Other volunteer roles

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.

  • 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 advocacy service supports adults (age 18 and over) living with M.E., 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.