Campaigner profile

Understand the role that Campaigners perform for Alzheimer's Research UK

By campaigning for us, people can show how important dementia research is to people living in the UK. This is especially effective when it comes to MPs – their job is to represent their constituents, so if your MP knows that dementia research is important to you, they’re more likely to engage with Alzheimer’s Research UK and stand up for people with dementia.

Find out more about campaigning for us

What will a Campaigner do?

Some typical examples include:

  • Contacting your MP to tell them why dementia research is so important to you and ask them to support our work
  • Asking your MP what their party is doing to support dementia research
  • Asking your MP to attend an Alzheimer’s Research UK event
  • Sharing details about our latest report or campaign on social media
  • Responding to government departments looking for help to shape their work, for example through surveys or focus groups
  • Getting involved in some of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s wider projects, such as testing apps or reviewing our policies
How much time will I have to commit?

As much or as little time as you want – it really is up to you how involved you want to be.

What are we looking for?
  • Volunteers who are passionate about standing up for people with dementia, and who want to make sure the UK government does everything it can to support research into finding a prevention, treatment or cure.
  • Basic understanding of the way government works
  • Willingness to engage with politicians and other decision-makers, either in writing, online or in person.

You do not need to have previous experience of political campaigning. We’ll give you all the support you need– so as long as you want to campaign on behalf of dementia research, you’ll be perfect for this role.

What are the personal benefits?

In return, as one of ARUK’s fantastic volunteering groups you’ll benefit from:

  • Reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses
  • Public speaking support and guidance if appropriate and requested
  • The opportunity to develop your communication skills
  • Gain new experiences for career development, boosting your CV.
  • Part of a worldwide movement to defeat dementia
Do I need to be able to travel to Westminster?

No. There are lots of ways to campaign from home, and if you want to meet with your MP in person you can do this through their constituency surgery, which should be somewhere local to you.

What support will I get?

When you sign up as a Campaigner we’ll send you some resources to get you started – including a template letter for writing to your MP and a list of quick, simple actions you can ask them to take to show their support for dementia research. We’ll also provide guidance whenever we send you new campaigning opportunities.

If you want to get more involved, such as by meeting your MP or arranging an event, our policy team will be happy to support you – you just need to get in touch at policy@alzheimersresearchuk.org.

What’s the next step?

Fill in our online Campaigner application form at www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/support-us/campaign/ or find out more by contacting policy@alzheimersresearchuk.org

Our policy team will then contact you with regular updates about our work with the government and ways you can get involved. We normally send out Campaigner emails every two months, though we’ll sometimes send them more frequently if we find out about a new opportunity or if we want your help to respond to an important political event.

If you sign up to receive postal updates instead of email, we’ll write to you around four times a year with updates. There’ll still be some ways you can get involved, but you might miss out on opportunities that need a quick response, as we have to send these out by email for the sake of speed.