Year to Remember
Unite with us for a year. Make a difference forever.
Join forces with Alzheimer’s Society to make this a Year to Remember. By pledging your support for a whole…
….you really will make a lasting difference.
What is Year to Remember?
Set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer, dementia never sleeps. And we’ll never rest until we’ve beaten it. By taking part in Year to Remember, you’ll be at the frontline of the big push towards our goal: a world without dementia.
How you do it is up to you. You can raise funds, build awareness, or take action – or all three. It’s all about having fun and creating new memories while making a difference.
How to take part
There are three main ways to make a difference in your Year to Remember. Pick your favourite or combine all three for a year of unforgettable experiences.
By fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society you’ll be making sure people affected by dementia get the support they need today − and helping us find a cure for tomorrow.
- Run, swim or cycle 365 miles and ask for sponsorship. Split the distance between a team or take on the challenge yourself.
- Small Change Big Difference: each day, encourage everyone to put any small change lurking in their purse or wallet into a collection pot. You’ll be amazed at how quickly it adds up.
- Quit something for 52 days – or, if you really want a challenge, 52 weeks. Encourage people to sponsor you or join you in your challenge to make it a team effort.
- Enter our Big Win Weekly Lottery and get your colleagues to join in too. You’ll be in with a chance of winning more than £1,000 worth of prizes every week, and you’ll be helping us beat dementia.
- Get a group of 12 colleagues together to go head-to-head in a range of fun challenges over twelve months – everything from egg and spoon races to bake-offs. Set your challenge so that each month the loser is knocked out, ultimately leaving the best person standing. People pay to enter and friends and family can sponsor participants or pay a small donation to come and watch the action.
- Sign up to payroll giving and make a monthly donation to Alzheimer’s Society.
- Organise a pub quiz and get 12 teams along.
- Get festive in the 12th calendar month by taking part in Elf Day. Or get a team together for one of our Carols at Christmas events.
Find more fundraising ideas at alzheimers.org.uk/fundraisingideas
By building awareness and understanding of dementia among your colleagues, contacts and community, you’ll be helping to create a more dementia-friendly society. This helps people with dementia to live in their communities without fear and prejudice.
- Purchase and Pledge to wear a forget-me-not pin badge for 365 days and use it as a conversation starter.
- Set up an awareness stall or table at work. This doesn’t need to be manned, just keep it stocked with leaflets and have the contacts details for Alzheimer’s Society available so that people can get in touch.
- Commit to sharing Alzheimer’s Society’s social media posts and pages once a week to raise awareness – and ask colleagues to do the same.
- Volunteer 52 hours throughout the year to run a local Alzheimer’s Society information desk.
- Make your company more dementia-friendly and get 12 other local businesses on board too. Download our guide to creating a dementia-friendly workplace.
- Organise 12 talks about dementia and the work of Alzheimer’s Society in your workplace or community, so that people can learn more about the condition.
- Tell 12 business contacts, friends or family about the 5 things you need to know about dementia.
By getting people you know directly involved in our work, you can have a big positive impact on the lives of people affected by dementia.
- Encourage friends and family to follow your lead and start a Year to Remember for Alzheimer’s Society.
- Carry out a personal Dementia Friends action each day, for example, be more patient when out in my community. Every action counts.
- Join Dementia Research to be matched to studies taking place in your area. Research can help people living with the condition now, as well as helping to prevent people from developing dementia in the future. People with and without a diagnosis of dementia are able to register. Sign up at the Join Dementia Research website.
- Volunteer 52 hours of your time with our new Side by Side service, helping someone with dementia in your local area to get out and about and do the things they love. Encourage your colleagues to volunteer too.
- Become a Dementia Friends Champion and run Dementia Friends Sessions for 52 colleagues or contacts.
- Start a volunteer fundraising group in your workplace and recruit 12 members – talk to your local Community Fundraiser for more information.
- Ask your team to volunteer at 12 different Alzheimer’s Society fundraising events throughout the year.
- Get 12 colleagues to join a campaign against dementia, or sign our petition to fix dementia care.