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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.*

Information and Support Officer

Hours of work: Part-time (17.5 hours per week); a working pattern covering the latter half of the week would be preferred
Salary: £19,200 per annum, pro rata (£9,600 actual)
Location: Keynsham office or home-based anywhere in the UK
Deadline for applications: 9am Monday 29 November 2021

"I was hugely impressed and grateful for your support, understanding, care and consideration. You dealt with my situation sensitively and with care and compassion and as an individual, which was hugely appreciated. Your support in verbalising my situation and illness to my employer was hugely appreciated and I would definitely recommend the Action for M.E. service to anyone suffering from this debilitating condition. You helped me to feel I had a voice and a way forward."

This is feedback from someone who recently got in touch with our Information and Support Service. Our brilliant team offer tailored support on a wide range issues facing people living with M.E., working with clients by phone and email to understand their needs and wishes, empowering them to make informed choices and to take action to achieve their self-identified goals. We are looking for someone with experience of working in the information, advice, support and/or advocacy field, and an understanding of the impact of a fluctuating, invisible condition such as M.E., to join us. You will be empathic and solution-focused, with skills that support working in a person-centred, needs-led way.

We offer flexible working and take a positive approach to peer-support and self-care, with an Employee Assistance Programme available for staff and their immediate families. For more information and details on how to apply, please download our Information and Support Officer 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.