Apply to become an Independent Committee Member

This page has all the information you need to enable carers and people living with dementia to apply for the role of Independent Committee Member by 30 September 2021.

To help tackle the greatest health and social care challenge of our time, we are looking for  two  Independent  Committee  Member  Volunteers.  

Read online or download a digital copy (PDF) of the role description.

 About you

You will have lived experience of dementia. You will be either a person living with dementia, or have experience of caring for a person with dementia. 

Your contribution to our decision-making will ensure that lived experience of dementia is at the heart of our governance.

You may find it helpful to have knowledge or experience of charity governance, but it is not essential. A member of the committee will provide you with ongoing support to perform your role.

How you will make a difference in the role

You will strengthen our governance structures by being part of a subcommittee of our Board of Trustees, ‘The Delivering Support Committee’.

The Delivering Support Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees on issues related to:

  • The direct services Alzheimer’s Society offers and advising on the reach, quality, and impact of those services
  • The processes we use to include people affected by dementia in the services we provide.

The Delivering Support Committee advises on the processes and recording of incidents, safeguarding activity, and complaints or recommendations received.

You will bring your experience of living with dementia or caring for someone with dementia to ensure this experience is heard.

How much time will you need to give to this role? 

You will be joining our Delivering Support Committee. It meets four times a year. Taking into account things you might want to do in between meetings, we suggest you allow up to one day per month for this role.

Support and inclusion in this role 

Alzheimer’s Society embraces diversity, inclusion, and accessibility for all our people. We are committed to building a diverse organisation that represents the communities we serve and ensuring inclusion in everything we do. 

We will provide you with dedicated support to ensure you can fully participate.    

We will pay out-of-pocket expenses to you, or a carer/supporter incurred whilst participating in this role.  We will provide you with feedback on your contribution and the difference you are making for people living with Dementia.   

The committee will begin meeting again in person. If this is not possible for you, please still apply. The committee will do all it can to make this opportunity accessible for you. 

Apply for this role

If you would like to apply, please follow these steps:

1.  Read the role description

You can open the PDF and read it from your browser, or download it to your device.

2. Watch the video about the role and how to apply

The video is presented by Hugh McKenna, Chair of the Dementia Support Committee  and Adele Leighton, Head of Dementia Voice at Alzheimer's Society.

3. Complete the Expression of Interest form

This is the online application form where you will tell us why you want to be involved and how your experiences will support the Delivering Support Committee.  

Please review the role description (in step 1) when completing the Expression of Interest form to connect your experiences to the needs of the role. As a general guide, we would expect up to about 300 words or 10-15 sentences for each of the responses.

For assistance completing the Expression of Interest form with a ‘ghost writer’, or to arrange a video recording session, please email our team at [email protected]

Please note: for security reasons, we can only accept video submissions that we record.

Closing date

All Expressions of Interest (including supported by 'ghost writers' or recorded video submissions) must be completed and received by us, by Thursday 30 September 2021

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