Alzheimer's Research UK

We are the UK’s leading dementia research charity, dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure.
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http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

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This world-leading charity's mission is to bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025. It also works to support people affected by dementia and keep the condition at the top of the health agenda.

The team supporting Alzheimer's Research UK's pioneering scientists is based on the outskirts of Cambridge, in bright, open-plan offices surrounded by green space and wooded areas.

Reward and recognition is an important part of the culture. Staff may be awarded additional days of holiday as a thank you from the senior leadership team. They are encouraged to nominate colleagues by sending a personalised Thank You Star Award letter. During the pandemic, employees were sent vouchers to reward them for their contribution, whether they were continuing to work or participating in the furlough scheme.

Senior leaders want the workforce to feel empowered and listened to. Many of the charity's environmental and sustainability initiatives have been led by employees, who are encouraged to come up with ideas and improved ways of working.

On the fundraising events front, changes to help the environment include providing running vests made from recycled plastic bottles and finisher medals made from wood from sustainably managed forests.

Regular communication through a variety of channels is an important factor, enabling Alzheimer's Research UK to accelerate progress towards a world that is free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.

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96% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

The first virtual All-Employee Away Day was held in November. Colleagues were each sent a pack that included the agenda, a notebook, teabag and chocolate bar. The day included hearing supporters tell their stories and a Q&A session with senior leaders. A virtual drinks reception completed the event.

Wellbeing

81% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

An online health and wellbeing hub was launched last summer, offering advice on financial as well as mental and physical wellbeing. To reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems, a Personal Stories section was created where the senior leadership team and employees share details of their own experiences.

Giving Something Back

90% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

The charity collaborates with community groups to raise awareness of dementia and develop resources to meet their specific needs. For example, it works with the Sahil Project in Coventry to develop films and resources to increase awareness of dementia within South Asian communities.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1992
Total number of employees
1
Number of UK locations
34
Employee average age
29% : 71%
Male : Female employee ratio
42%
Employees earning £35k+
18%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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