Our reach and impact

Read the full version of our Trustees' Annual Report & Financial Statements 2021/22

2021/22 was a year of change for Alzheimer’s Society.

Building exciting new partnerships and developing our ability to generate income.

Maintaining our Covid-19 offer of dementia support (through a blend of both digital and face-to-face services).

Lobbying for the rights of people affected by dementia.

"The health and social care system doesn't give people with dementia the information or support they need. Charities do. That's why Alzheimer's Society is so vital."

- Jim, living with dementia, Cheshire

As almost one million people with dementia struggled to access the right support, we campaigned to make a difference.

  • The Cure the Care System campaign revitalised widespread social care campaigning.
  • We called on the Government to prioritise quality social care across the UK.
  • More than 27,000 campaigners signed a letter to the Health Secretary, asking them to allow in-person visits at care homes.
  • More than 135,000 campaigners signed our petition to the UK government – making it our biggest campaign to date.
  • Our efforts helped encourage a new cap in social care fees from 2023 onwards - a first step towards fairer, more affordable care for all.

We partnered with the FA and showed football should be unforgettable

We invested in research, supporting projects designed to bring long-term benefits to people affected by dementia

We showed football should be unforgettable

In 2021/22, we were thrilled to announce the Football Association (FA) as our official charitable partner. The partnership kicked off in August 2021, with a launch at the Community Shield.

  • This was followed by the first-ever Alzheimer’s Society International match, between England and Switzerland, on 26 March 2022.
  • The event reached 31.5m of UK adults through the media between January-March 2022 and resulted in a 64% increase in traffic to our homepage in the week following the match.
  • The event also raised almost £70,000.
  • We started working closely with the FA to help make Wembley Stadium a dementia-friendly space and hope other stadiums and sports will follow our lead.

Our work also encouraged the FA to support cutting-edge research that will continue to support football fans, both now and in the future.

We invested in research, supporting projects designed to bring long-term benefits to people affected by dementia.  

In 2021/22, we funded awards spanning clinical, biomedical and care research, while ensuring people affected with dementia remained central to the programme.

  • We invested £7m in 27 awards for new research through 2021/22.
  • We invested £30m in active research projects.
  • Our funding produced 311 new publications.

These projects will allow us to understand dementia from all angles, providing greater care and support for people affected by dementia today - and exploring new avenues for treatment, tomorrow.