Glasgow volunteers needed to help make breakthroughs possible for people with dementia

22 October 2018

Passionate volunteers in Glasgow are being invited to attend a free event where they can find out how they can help support pioneering dementia research.

ARUK Volunteers

ARUK Volunteers

Alzheimer’s Research UK is looking for people in the city and surrounding area with a range of skills help to raise vital funds, represent the charity at events and raise awareness of dementia within their local communities.

A free introductory event has been organised for people to find out more about volunteering for the UK’s leading dementia research charity. The event is on Saturday 10 November, from 10.30am to 1pm, at the Novotel Glasgow Centre, 181 Pitt Street, Glasgow, G2 4DT.

There will be a talk from Dr Jill Fowler, Alzheimer’s Research UK Senior Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, who will be giving an overview of the research going on in her lab and the work of the charity.

She is leading a pioneering project investigating whether a protein, Nrf2, can protect against damage caused by reduced blood flow in the brain, which may be an early contributor to Alzheimer’s. By closely examining this protein, scientists will be able to understand more about its role in protecting the brain. They hope to use this knowledge to develop interventions to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.

It is one of 66 research projects in Scotland that have been funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, with the charity providing grants totalling more than £7.6m.

Attendees at the event will also have to opportunity to try A Walk Through Dementia, a virtual reality experience giving people the opportunity to find out what it is like to live with dementia.

Kyle Lockhart, Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Fundraising Officer for Scotland, said:

“There are around 70,000 people with dementia in Scotland and the condition has a devastating effect on families. Alzheimer’s and the other forms of dementia are now one of society’s biggest medical challenges, but with research they can be overcome.

“Our volunteers are vital in helping us power research to make key breakthroughs possible, both through raising vital funds and helping to spread awareness of dementia.

“We’re confident we’re going to find passionate and dedicated fundraisers in Glasgow and I look forward to meeting people at the introductory event.”

For more information about the event and volunteering for Alzheimer’s Research UK in Scotland contact Kyle on 07760884529 or [email protected]

For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org