More about the Community Speaker role

What does a Community Speaker do?

You’ll be involved in important activities and opportunities including:

  • Giving talks to local organisations and community groups in your region.
  • Engaging with community organisations who’ve supported or are considering supporting ARUK.
  • Attending cheque presentations or local events on behalf of ARUK and officially thanking donors for their support.
  • Identifying opportunities for talks in local organisations and schools.
  • Identifying and developing potential fundraising opportunities within local groups.
  • Acting as an ambassador for ARUK through building community networks.

What are the personal benefits?

In return, as one of ARUK’s fantastic Community Speakers you’ll benefit from:

  • Becoming part of a movement to defeat dementia.
  • The opportunity to develop your leadership, communications, fundraising, PR and organisational skills.
  • Slides, information and updates on dementia and the work of ARUK.
  • Public speaking guidance.
  • Having your expenses paid within agreed guidelines.

What are we looking for?

Although you do not need to have previous experience of a similar volunteering role within a charity, ideally you will have the following:

  • An interest in Alzheimers Research UK and the work that we do.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Honesty and reliability.
  • Passion and enthusiasm.

Why volunteer with us?

Our volunteers all say the same thing – volunteering is fun and rewarding, and it gives them the opportunity to meet new people and have new experiences. But most importantly, it’s their way of helping us defeat dementia.

Many of our volunteers have been affected in one way or another by dementia. Often they’ve cared for a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Volunteering for Alzheimer’s Research UK is their way of being part of the community that is fighting back.

When you volunteer with Alzheimer’s Research UK, you’re right there with us, every step of the way, defeating dementia.

And remember, no matter how busy your lifestyle, there’s a role that will fit around your commitments. You can volunteer as little or as much as you like.

Our promise to you

When you become an Alzheimer’s Research UK volunteer, we will always treat you with respect, consideration and appreciation. We will listen to what you have to say and ask you what you think. We’ll make sure you are always working in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. And of course your health, safety and welfare are our top priority.

We’ll be there to support you every step of the way, and we’ll make sure you know exactly what you’re doing. To keep you up to date with what’s happening in our volunteering community, we’ll send you our regular newsletter and e-newsletters.

What’s the next step?

Please fill in our register your interest online form. Your local ARUK Regional Fundraising Officer will then contact you further to arrange a convenient time to discuss the role and answer any questions you may have. They will also gather details about your experience of dementia and interest in the charity. Your details will be kept confidentially on our records and used to match you with the appropriate public speaking opportunities.

If you are still interested after discussing the opportunity further, the Volunteering team will request the contact details of two referees so references can be sought before the role can fully commence.

You will be supported by your Regional Fundraising Officer, who you will shadow and will brief you fully before your first public event. They will provide you with an information pack about the charity, details of our key messages and some example speech notes for you to refer to.

If you have any general enquiries about this role please contact the Volunteering team on 0300 111 5555 or email