Every 3.2 minutes someone develops dementia in the UK

Dementia specialists, we look after the elderly and vulnerable in their own homes and work everyday with those affected by the disease. Today, around 850,000 people in the UK suffer from dementia and by 2025 that number is estimated to rise to 1 million, unless we find better and faster ways to combat the condition.

Currently, the only way to beat the condition is through medical research.

Clive Nicholson - join dementia research in Yorkshire - Riccall CareClive Nicholson is a senior research nurse working across Yorkshire for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). The institute supports the research of the NHS. It’s through research that new treatments and cures can be found and Clive drew our attention to how anyone can get involved with something that could make a huge difference to the lives of people, not just in this region but around the UK and wider.

  • 139 NHS, university & commercial research organisations involved in dementia research
  • 663 trained researchers
  • 81 research studies seeking volunteers … can you help?

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in partnership with Alzheimer ScotlandAlzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society have developed Join Dementia Research, a service which allows people to register their interest in participating in dementia research and be matched to suitable studies.

Everybody now has the chance to see what dementia research is taking place, both in their local area and across the nation.You can play an important part, helping people who live with dementia now, as well as helping to prevent people from developing it in the future.

Be part of this vital research, join Director of Riccall Care, Gill Conroy and her mum Shelia, who opened our award-winning family business’s first care home, as volunteers along with thousands of others around the UK.

Gill Conroy of Riccall Care and mum Shelia

Director of Riccall Care Gill Conroy and mum Shelia

To register your interest as a volunteer simply visit the Join Dementia Research website.

Anyone, with or without dementia, can register as a volunteer or sign-up for someone else, providing that you have their consent. Signing up is the first step in becoming involved in supporting vital research studies across the nation. On the website you will also find more information about the research, people’s stories, guides and latest news. Click on the buttons to get started.



Join Dementia Research - Riccall Care, York home care


If you would like free promotional material or to talk to Clive directly about current research, contact:  clive.nicholson@nihr.ac.uk.



If you know or look after someone with dementia, you are welcome to join us for sociable chat and activities every first Thursday of the month at our Community Care Café. You can get free advice and support around all issues of independent living, home care and dementia from our experienced team who host the relaxed and fun afternoon from 2pm – 4pm. There is free parking and disabled facilities. Discover more about our dementia café here. If you would like training in areas of dementia care we also offer dementia training courses for both family and professional carers.