Volunteer with the research team

You don't need a scientific background to help our work towards a cure - we have opportunities for everyone.

What will I get out of volunteering?

You'll have the chance to:

  • find out more about Parkinson's research and the work we do
  • meet other people affected by Parkinson’s who are interested in research
  • gain valuable experience

Find out more about volunteering with Parkinson's UK

Current roles

We have roles to suit everyone. Some are home-based, while others will give you the chance to go to meetings and work with other people affected by Parkinson's. 

Research Champions

As a Research Champion, you'll be the key contact for research within your local branch or group. You'll help the research team communicate news, events and opportunities to people in your area.

Our Research Champions are all members of our Research Support Network, and we send them all the information they need to put research on the agenda at their branch or group meetings.

Lay Grant Reviewers

As a Lay Grant Reviewer, you'll use your personal experience of Parkinson's to help us decide which grant applications to fund. Every research grant application we receive is reviewed by both scientific experts and people affected by Parkinson’s – our Lay Grant Reviewers.

Our Reviewers help make sure the research we fund reflects the priorities of people affected by Parkinson's. 

Anyone affected by Parkinson's – including those with a loved one with the condition – can be a Lay Grant Reviewer, no matter what their background or experience.

Patient and Public Involvement Volunteers

As a Patient and Public Involvement Volunteer, you'll work alongside researchers to design and shape vital Parkinson's research.

This could include helping researchers to identify important research questions, commenting on study documents or contributing to the design of study protocols.

Find out more about how volunteers are shaping research

Public Involvement meeting 2015

Get involved

Join the Research Support Network to find out about our latest volunteer opportunities, or email us at [email protected]