Dr Amy Burrell
Research Network Volunteer (co-ordinator – West Midlands)
Place of work / study:
Alzheimer’s Society (volunteer)
What does your role involve:
Inductions for new members of the Research Network in my area, Support for Network members, Review of funding applications, Support with Alzheimer’s Society events.
How is your work funded?
The generosity of the public – through donations!
Tell us a little about yourself:
I started volunteering at the Alzheimer’s Society after my dad’s diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s in 2014. Aged just 57 it was a lot for us to take in. I initially joined the Society as a way to find out more about dementia and volunteered at memory café’s and singing for the brain sessions. I later joined the Research Network – I am a researcher myself (albeit in a different field) and felt I could contribute to the Network and have been happily involved ever since.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I flew a plane before a drove a car. I also used to have a part time job as a registrar and have conducted 90 ceremonies (weddings, renewals of vows, and even a baby naming ceremony).