Alzheimer’s Society praises volunteers – but it needs more

This month Alzheimer’s Society is paying tribute to a dedicated army of volunteers who have helped to shape vital dementia research.

Ken Oxley is Media Officer for the Alzheimer’s Society in the North East and Cumbria

Contact: Name: Ken Oxley 0191 2983989 / 07483 926575


More than 300 participants from across the UK with experience of dementia make up Alzheimer’s Society’s Research Network, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

And the charity hopes this important milestone will inspire others to sign up and help ensure research into the cause, cure, care and prevention of dementia makes a difference to people affected by the condition.

The Network consists of people living with dementia, carers and former carers, who help ensure that the charity funds the best quality and most relevant research.

These ‘experts by experience’ support Alzheimer’s Society to invest in meaningful research by reviewing funding applications, as well as monitoring and supporting projects.

Indeed, our Research Network volunteers are at the forefront of making sure the £150 million we invest in dementia research over the next decade will have the biggest impact.”

We remain confident that research will beat dementia. However, in addition to searching for a cure we also fund research into cause, care and prevention.

We owe it to those currently living with dementia to understand the condition better, so that they can live better.

Anyone living with dementia or who has experience of caring for a family member with the condition can apply to join the Network.

Volunteers do not need to have an academic or research background and the role can be undertaken from home, or even shared between two people.

For more information and to sign up, visit

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