Dementia Research - It's Ok to Ask

Raising awareness of research into dementia and explaining how the public can get involved in clinical trials through the National Institute for Health Research’s ‘Its Ok to Ask’ campaign will be the focus of an event in Leeds on May 20. 

The event, in the Albert Room at Leeds Town Hall, is being held to mark International Clinical Trials Day and Dementia Awareness Week (May 17-23).

Research organisations from across the city of Leeds will be on hand to talk to visitors about what it takes to undertake research and how the public can get involved. Staff from Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Leeds will showcase some of their collaborative research and demonstrate how they work together to tackle challenges of health research, in particular dementia research. 

The M&S Company Archive, based at the University’s campus, will be showcasing its historical collection and demonstrating how new resources are used with groups to facilitate reminiscence activities for those with Dementia, building on M&S’ partnership with Dementia Friends. 

Dementia Friends training will be on offer for the public at noon and 2pm led by a specially-trained nurse, and Giving Voice, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust’s choir for people with neurological conditions, will close the event at 3pm on the Town Hall steps. 

Alicia Ridout, Innovation Development Manager at the University of Leeds, said: “We want to de-mystify research and show people it is ‘ok to ask’ about health research, and show them how they can get involved. 

“Come along and have a cup of tea at our pop-up Dementia Friends Cafe to learn more about the exciting research which is taking place and how it can help.” 

Mike White, Alzheimer’s Society Operations Manager for West Yorkshire, said:

“People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. Dementia Friends is this country’s biggest ever project to change the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about dementia. 

“There are already thousands of Dementia Friends across Yorkshire and Humber but we want to see many more people signing up and helping us to make our communities dementia friendly. Dementia Friends is about turning understanding into action, from helping someone to find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia on social media, every action counts.” 

The drop-in event will start at 10am and finish at 3pm in the Albert Room at Leeds Town Hall. 

The event is sponsored by the University, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Research Network. 

Further information 

Contact Ben Jones in the University of Leeds press office on 0113 343 8059 or email