Our Research Network

Research is not just for researchers. Volunteer with our Research Network and use your personal experience of dementia to drive research forward.

Who are our volunteers?

All of our Research Network volunteers have a personal connection to dementia - as carers, former carers, or they're living with dementia.

For twenty years, our Research Network volunteers' experience has helped to ensure our research is relevant, credible and can transform the lives of everyone affected by dementia.

Volunteers we are looking for

We want to make sure our Research Network is representative of different backgrounds, cultures and locations to support research that is meaningful, credible and accessible.

We are looking for a diverse range of voices within the Network who reflect the lived experience of the wider dementia community. 

We are specifically interested in recruiting volunteers with experience of dementia from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups, as well as people affected by dementia from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and queer (LGBT+) community.

To find out more, please email us at [email protected].

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What will I be doing?

Volunteering for our Research Network is a great way to ensure the real needs and concerns of people with dementia and their carers are addressed.

Hundreds of researchers apply to the Alzheimer's Society research funding programme each year.  We want to fund the best science but also research that is most relevant to people affected by dementia.

Every single funding application is reviewed by experts in the field and our Research Network volunteers - with a direct experience of dementia.

Download the full details of this volunteering role. 

Other opportunities to support dementia research

Alongside helping us to decide what research we fund, as a Network volunteer you could also be involved in: 

  • Helping to decide our research priorities
  • Sitting on a grant funding panel
  • Monitoring ongoing projects and helping share the results
  • Working alongside researchers to develop their research proposal
  • Speaking about research and acting as an ambassador for the Society.

If you're a dementia researcher and would like to work with people affected by dementia, you may be interested in our Research Partnerships programme. 

Any questions?

If you have any queries about the Network, please email our team or call 0207 423 3563.

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