By volunteering with Dementia Prevention UK you’ll be part of a movement that believes in the power of education to change the future. Whether you’re looking to volunteer once a week, month or year – there is a role and team waiting to welcome you.
Who is Dementia Prevention UK
Dementia Prevention UK is a charity that helps people harness the power of knowledge to control Dementia. We are committed to providing people with knowledge, support and tools to improve their chances to prevent or delay Dementia.
Our people are vital to our mission. Our pioneering spirit is reflected in the energy and drive of our staff – all of whom play a key role in helping realize our vision.
Our Vision, Mission and Values
A world where people understand that they have a key role in beating Dementia.
To raise awareness and to educate the public that Dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing. By modifying lifestyle and embracing cognitive stimulating activities, we can reduce the prevalence of Dementia.
Integrity– Our work is inspired by the most recent breakthroughs in the field of dementia science.
Inclusion and diversity– We provide access to knowledge and practical tools for dementia prevention to the public.
Impact– Our community work delivers change and influences people, their families, and their network.
Curiosity– We continue to learn and push ourselves to find new innovative tools to prevent dementia.
Collaboration– We work in collaboration with universities, research bodies, charities and other organisations to bring new knowledge and the best service to our clients.
Why volunteer with us?
Our volunteers tell us that 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 Dementia. Volunteering for Dementia Prevention UK is their way of being part of the community that is fighting back.
When you volunteer with Dementia Prevention UK, you’re helping defeat Dementia
What will you be doing?
We are looking for people with a range of skills to join our small team of fundraisers and ensure the future of Dementia Prevention UK. We have a Business Plan and fundraising priorities and targets. Currently our top priorities are to seek funding for our core activities, volunteer and community engagement, and for educational work.
As a fundraiser you may do some or all of the following:
- Help in the development of a fundraising strategy for the organisation
- Identifying opportunities for talks in local organisations
- Identifying and developing potential fundraising opportunities within local groups
- Acting as an ambassador for Dementia Prevention UK through building community networks
- Write fundraising applications as part of that strategy
- Critique fundraising applications done by other members of the team
- Do basic admin and research
- Keep up-to-date with fundraising methods
- Attend local sub-group meetings. These are currently done via zoom
- Research and develop fundraising opportunities, using traditional and new ways of raising money. Organising local events, liaising with trusts and other grant-making organisations; approaching corporates, communicating with local shops and businesses, developing fundraising through social media, crowdfunding and more.
Volunteers may prefer some tasks within the above fundraising list over others, and this too should be made clear at the outset. There is scope to do the task that is preferred while remembering that we work as part of a team.
We expect that fundraising volunteers will have different experience. It is helpful to let us know what experience you have, and at what level, so appropriate tasks are allocated.
What are we looking for?
Although you don’t need to have previous experience of a similar volunteering role within a charity ideally, you’ll have the following:
- Volunteer is expected to have at least 3 years experience in fundraising
- Have excellent oral and written communication skills
- Have experience of writing successful bids to funders
- Be numerate and capable of creating budgets
- Be IT literate, using spreadsheets, etc.
- Be happy to work as part of a team, sharing information, acting as a critical friend, reporting as necessary
- Work accurately and to strict deadlines
- Have a knowledge of the voluntary and community sector
- Have experience of working to an agreed strategy
Personal qualities suitable to the roles:
- An interest in Dementia Prevention UK and the work we do
- Honesty and reliability
- Understanding of Confidentiality
- Patience and Sensitivity
- Passion and enthusiasm
We accept that, depending on circumstances, volunteers will vary in the amount of time they can commit, but ask that this is made clear at the outset. Some periods may be busier than others and you may have to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
Volunteers will be given the opportunity to gain new skills, go on training, and work in a team. They will be given the opportunity to think creatively to develop new/innovative ways of raising funds.
What difference will you make?
From its inception, Dementia Prevention UK has depended on its volunteers and through them it has made an enormous difference. Now we want fundraising volunteers to help us continue and develop the work. So much has been done but there is still so much to do.
What are the personal benefits?
In return, as one of Dementia Prevention UK’s fantastic fundraising volunteer you’ll benefit from:
- Becoming part of a movement to defeat Dementia.
- The opportunity to develop your leadership, communications, fundraising, PR and organisational skills.
- Join a lively community organisation, full of ideas and with a ‘can-do’ attitude
- Gain satisfaction from being part of a wider team of volunteers doing everything
- Have the opportunity to feed into the direction of the organisation
Our promise to you
When you become a Dementia Prevention UK volunteer, we’ll always treat you with respect, consideration and appreciation. We’ll listen to what you have to say and ask you what you think. We’ll make sure you’re 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 and make sure you know exactly what you’re doing.
What’s the next step?
Please send an email to us so we can arrange a time to discuss the role and answer any questions you may have. We’ll also gather details about your experience of Dementia and interest in the charity. This information will only be used to match you with appropriate opportunities.
When you’ve decided that this role is for you, the Volunteering team will ask you for the contact details of two referees so references can be taken up before you start volunteering.
You’ll be fully supported by us. We’ll provide you with training, support and guidance.
If you have any general enquiries about this role please contact the Volunteering team on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pathway to becoming a volunteer
- Send us an email
- Meeting with Volunteer team member
- References check
- Induction training
- Program training according to the subject of your workshop
You can find out more about the Dementia Prevention workshops service here: https://dementiapreventionuk.com
To apply for this job email your details to email@example.com.