If you have experience of dementia, as a carer or a person with the condition, you could offer valuable support to researchers.

The Alzheimer’s Society runs a research network that helps to ensure studies into dementia are designed to meet the challenges faced by sufferers and their families.

The network currently has almost 250 volunteers across the UK but we are always looking for enthusiastic new members to join us.

As well as helping to set Alzheimer’s Society’s research priorities, volunteers also comment on research applications, sit on grant advisory boards, advise on current research projects and help to raise awareness of dementia research.

The network’s volunteers are also increasingly helping to develop their research proposals so that improvements can be made at the design stage.

No professional or academic experience is required for the role and comprehensive training and support is available to support all volunteers.

"I am constantly impressed by the quality of the work done by researchers, by their dedication and their passion to make life better for people with dementia and their carers; likewise by the knowledge, passion and commitment of Research Network volunteers. It has been a joy to be involved with a group like the Research Network and to know that finding causes and the cure is nearer and that for many good quality care is already a reality."

Barbara Woodward Carlton, Research Network volunteer since 1999

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Society research network contact with Becky or Matt on research@alzheimers.org.uk or 0207 423 5153.