Volunteer FAQs

How do I sign up to volunteer at a Memory Walk?  

I’d like to volunteer at Memory Walk, what does it involve? 

How much time will I have to commit?

What support will I be given?

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Will food be provided?

What are the benefits of volunteering at Memory Walk?

I volunteered last year/ I am an Alzheimer’s Society registered volunteer. Do I need to complete the registration form again?

I can’t volunteer anymore; please can you cancel my registration?

I have signed up to volunteer, when will I receive more information?

Can I volunteer at a different walk please?

I’d like to volunteer with a group of friends, how do we register?

Can I volunteer with a friend?

Can I take part with my Youth Group?

Can I take part if I am under the age of 18/16?

I lost my pack, can I get a replacement?

Will there be parking on the day?

How do I sign up to volunteer at a Memory Walk?         

Volunteer registration is now open. Register by completing a short registration form: https://www.memorywalk.org.uk/volunteering/ 

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I’d like to volunteer at Memory Walk, what does it involve?     

You will be based either on our event site or out on the route. If you are on the event site, roles could include helping us set up our gazebos, handing out water and medals or selling our Alzheimer’s Society merchandise. If you are out on the route you will be both pointing our walkers in the right direction and cheering them on as they go!

You can read about previous volunteer experiences here.

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How much time will I have to commit?

Most of our volunteer roles will be needed between 08.30 and 14.00 depending on the role. You will receive exact timings from the Memory Walk team closer to the event day, including when to arrive.

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What support will I be given?

You will receive updates from the Memory Walk team in the lead up to the event which will provide you with everything you need to know before event day. You will also receive a useful volunteer pack in the post with more information soon after you sign up. On the day of the event, you’ll be given a briefing by our event manager telling you everything you need to know about your role.

We may also contact you by phone or text message in case we need to update you with vital information.

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Do I need to bring anything with me?

All the volunteering equipment you need, including a radio, hi-vis, volunteer t-shirt, will be provided to you on the day. So you just need to bring yourself and your enthusiasm! Water, a hot drink and some food will be provided, but if you get hungry then bringing snacks are always recommended.

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Will food be provided?

We’ll always provide water, a hot drink and some food. Extra personal snacks are always recommended though just to make sure you have enough to eat on the day!

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What are the benefits of volunteering at Memory Walk?           

You will be a central part of our fundraising effort to walk for a world without dementia. Without the support of our volunteers we would not be able to raise any funds for people affected by dementia. We raised well over £7 million across all of our walks last year, and not a penny of this would have been possible without our volunteers!

At the event you have the chance to meet new and like-minded people whilst having a great day out. Volunteering at a national mass participation event also provides you with new skills and experiences to take into your personal and professional life.

To hear about some past volunteer experiences, you can visit https://www.memorywalk.org.uk/volunteer/why-volunteer/

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I volunteered last year/ I am an Alzheimer’s Society registered volunteer. Do I need to complete the registration form again?

If you are already registered Alzheimer’s Society volunteer, we will need you to register using our online form still. It is essential we have the most up to date details, including vital health and safety information for the day of the event.

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I can’t volunteer anymore; please can you cancel my registration?

If you can’t attend before the week of the event, then please email us on memorywalk@alzheimers.org.uk. You can also phone us on 0300 330 5452.

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I have signed up to volunteer, when will I receive more information?

That’s great that you have signed up to volunteer – welcome to the Memory Walk team! Unless it is very close to your walk, you will receive a welcome pack that will contain more details about your role and the walk. You will also receive an event brief by email and text before your walk (which if you sign up late you will still receive). Your brief will contain all the details you need to volunteer.

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Can I volunteer at a different walk please?        

Yes you can! Please email us on memorywalk@alzheimers.org.uk to confirm what walk you are switching to, and what walk you were doing before. You can also phone us on 0300 330 5452.

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I’d like to volunteer with a group of friends, how do we register?

If you are part of a team eager to help, we would love for you to come along – the more the merrier! All you need to do is simply sign up individually, via the online form, and make sure to mention who you’re volunteering with in the appropriate section. There is no guarantee that we can allocate you both in the same area, but we will try our best!

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Can I volunteer with a friend?

Of course you can! All you need to do is simply sign up individually, via the online form, and make sure to mention who you’re volunteering with in the appropriate section. We will then make every effort to put you together on the day. There is no guarantee that we can allocate you both in the same area, but we will try our best!

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Can I take part with my Youth Group?

All youth groups must have a leader (aged over 18) who is responsible for the group on the day of the event. If you are the leader, you need to fill out the online form as per usual. When filling out the form, please put the name of your group and the number of youths you’re bringing in the ‘volunteering with a friend section’, e.g. scout group x10. This way we will have a better understanding of numbers on the day!

Then please email memorywalk@alzheimers.org.uk to confirm the group you’re bringing, the number of youths you’re bringing and the walk you are taking part in. If there are any changes to the number of volunteers you’re bringing, then please do email again to confirm.

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Can I take part if I am under the age of 18/16?

Definitely! If you are 16 or 17, you will need to email us at memorywalk@alzheimers.org.uk. We can then provide you with a couple of forms to fill out, which you will need to fill out and send back to us. One of them is a parental/guardian consent form.

Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on event day. The parent or guardian also needs to complete the online volunteer registration form.

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I lost my pack, can I get a replacement?

Unfortunately we are unable to send out anymore packs in the post, but don’t worry, you can collect all of your volunteer equipment on the day.

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Will there be parking on the day?

Parking facilities on event day varies walk by walk. Closer to the walk you will receive an event brief that will have more information within it, and will be able to confirm the parking facilities available on the day.

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If you have any other questions, then please don't hesitate to get in touch at memorywalk@alzheimers.org.uk, or on 0300 330 5452.