Policy Sounding Boards

Cambridge or London
06 Jul 2020
23 Jul 2020
Part Time
Contract Type

Policy Sounding Boards

Alzheimer’s Research UK is working hard to keep dementia on the agenda of policymakers. We need your help to represent people affected by dementia, build evidence to drive policy, and increase decision-makers’ awareness of the impact of dementia.

Location: Cambridge or London

Time: We will be holding a Sounding Board every 3-4 months, where we will go out to those that have registered interest to see who would be able to attend. Sounding Boards will usually last 2-3 hours, with refreshments offered.

The opportunity:

Our policy team is determined to keep dementia on the government’s priorities and to work with policymakers to ensure the UK is a place where world-leading research can thrive. We’re seeking volunteers to make sure this work reflects the views of people affected by dementia.

Volunteers on our Policy Sounding Boards will take part in group discussions and duties will include:

  • Helping sense-check items of work such as consultation responses
  • Offering insight into future relevant topics and programmes of work.
  • Helping shape the direction of our policy work and new projects.
  • Sharing experiences of being affected by dementia, either personally or as a carer or family/friend.

The benefits:

In return, by becoming involved with our patient and public involvement Sounding Boards, you’ll benefit from:

  • Opportunities to share your experience, ideas and opinion on policy issues which affect people living with and affected by dementia
  • Support to understand the policy issues you will be involved with
  • Having your voice heard to shape our current policy work and future direction of work
  • Opportunities to build personal confidence and develop your communication skills
  • Connecting with a wider community affected by dementia
  • Reimbursement of reasonable out of pocket expenses
  • Having your experience valued as part of a worldwide movement to overcome dementia

About you:

You do not need to have previous volunteering experience, ideally you will have the following:

  • Direct or indirect experience of dementia
  • Good listening skills
  • Willingness to represent people living with dementia and make a difference
  • Confidence to share your personal experiences and ideas
  • Friendly demeanour and willingness to work with the policy team
  • Interest in patient-centred approaches
  • Interest in the current political landscape
  • Interest in medical research/life sciences and the National Health Service
  • A passion for Alzheimer’s Research UK’s work

If this sounds like you and you’re looking for an opportunity that is fun and rewarding, then apply today!