Overview

Our vision is to create a network of Community Speakers across the country, who will act as ambassadors for the charity, helping to increase the understanding of dementia and raise awareness of our vital work to make breakthroughs possible.

We’re seeking proactive individuals who are ready to connect with community groups and organisations in their local areas to help spread awareness of the charity and breakdown stigmas surrounding dementia.

You’ll be involved in important activities and opportunities including:
• Identifying opportunities for talks in local organisations and community groups.
• Identifying and developing potential fundraising opportunities within local groups.
• Giving talks to local organisations and community groups in your region.
• Engaging with community organisations who have 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 community groups.
• Acting as an ambassador for ARUK through building community networks.
• Regularly updating your local Regional Fundraising Officer with your planned and completed volunteering hours.

In return, as one of ARUK’s fantastic Community Speakers you’ll benefit from:
• Becoming part of a movement that believes we can make breakthroughs possible
• The opportunity to develop your leadership, communications, fundraising, PR and organisational skills.
• Slides, information and updates on dementia and the work of ARUK.
• Full training and guidance prior to your first public speaking event.
• Having your expenses paid within agreed guidelines.

Although you don’t need to have previous experience of a similar volunteering role within a charity ideally, you’ll have the following:
• An interest in Alzheimer’s Research UK and the work that we do.
• A proactive approach and have confidence in liaising with groups and organisations.
• Good communication skills.
• Strong organisational skills.
• Honesty and reliability.
• Passion and enthusiasm

This role is really flexible and can fit around other commitments. You’ll need to put some time aside to research your talks, venues and organisations you would like to approach. We envisage community speakers to give approximately five talks in a year- but it’s up to you how involved you want to be.