Volunteering questions

How do I apply?

Once you’ve found a role you want to do, simply register your details, download and complete the volunteer registration form and send it to the named contact on the role description. For some roles we also ask for references and/or may need to do a criminal records check, this will depend on what tasks the role involves.

If we want to take your application further we'll invite you to take part in a recruitment process. What this involves will vary depending on the type of role, but could include an interview, a telephone call or simply meeting for an informal chat. The recruitment process is a chance for you to find out more about the role and Alzheimer’s Society, as well as an opportunity for us to get to know you better and assess your suitability for the role.

Do you cover out-of-pocket expenses?

Yes, the Alzheimer’s Society is committed to equality of opportunity and reimburses reasonable, agreed out-of-pocket expenses.

I’m under 18, can I volunteer?

Some of our volunteer roles have a minimum age due to the nature of the tasks involved; this should be indicated on the role description. However, many of our volunteer roles are open to people of all ages.

If you are under 18 we will need the permission of your parent or guardian before we can take you on as a volunteer. 

Do you offer corporate volunteering opportunities?

Yes, there are many ways in which you can volunteer at the Alzheimer’s Society, either as an individual or as a team. If you can't find what you are looking for or want to discuss your requirements in more detail, please contact us at volunteers@alzheimers.org.uk or call 0300 222 5706.

How will I be supported whilst volunteering?

All volunteers receive an induction to their role and our wider work. You will receive a Volunteer Handbook, appropriate learning and have a named role manager as your regular point of contact.

I’m from outside the European Economic area (EEA) and/or I’m on a visa in the UK, can I still volunteer?

If you are from within the EEA there are no limits on volunteering, and currently all asylum seekers and refugees can volunteer. If you are applying from outside the EEA you will need to check whether you need a visa to volunteer. If you are already in the UK on a visa, you will need to check whether this allows you to volunteer and for how many hours.

I’m registered disabled and/or have extra support needs, can I volunteer? 

Yes, the Alzheimer’s Society aims to ensure it is accessible as possible, and will, wherever possible, make reasonable adjustments to allow someone to volunteer.

I receive welfare benefits, can I volunteer?

Yes, if you receive welfare benefits there are no restrictions on volunteering as long as you don’t get paid anything other than the reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses and stick to the rules for getting your benefit(s).You should always inform Jobcentre Plus when starting to volunteer, especially if you are receiving unemployment support.

Can I talk to someone about volunteering?

Yes, for further information, or queries which are not answered here, please use the online form, email volunteers@alzheimers.org.uk or phone 0300 222 5706.