Meningitis Research Foundation's (MRF's) new peer support initiative, Meningitis Meet-Ups, will continue into 2020 following a successful pilot.
Meningitis Meet-Ups are an opportunity for people to talk to and meet others impacted by meningitis or septicaemia, and provide an informal safe space to talk about how they are feeling. The meetings provide another way for people affected by meningitis to access MRF’s support services, in addition to befriending, the helpline, live chat and email.
The Support Service team have hosted Meningitis Meet-Ups in Bristol, Cardiff, Tallaght (Ireland), Belfast, Manchester, Sunderland, Portsmouth, Exeter, Luton, Derby, Birmingham, Guildford and Edinburgh. They also hosted events alongside the Great North Run and the Great Manchester Run, which proved to be immensely beneficial and saw the highest number of attendees. One Meet-Up was led by an MRF Ambassador.