We had a very successful Dementia Club UK official launch of its 5th new venue and new partnership with Rotary of Golders Green on Monday 13th March 2017.
Over 70 people attended which included many members of Dementia Club UK, volunteers and some special guests. The launch was opened by the Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff and was also attended by Mr Nigel Wray Chairman of Saracens who is a major sponsor for Dementia Club UK.
Dementia is growing as we all live longer this is affecting not only the sufferers but also the carers and their families. Dementia is a cruel and terrible disease. Dementia Club UK provides respite for the sufferers and carers and families. One of the things that differentiate us from other dementia cafes is that we do exercises and various activities which have been very popular with members and has made a real difference to their lives.
Although all of the Dementia Clubs UK run similarly, this venue will also be an ‘Outreach Location’ and will provide specialist advice to carers from Barnet Carers which includes medical advice by Dementia Club UK’s own GP doctor. This new partnership is an exciting venture and Dementia Club UK is looking forward to developing similar partnerships with other Rotary Clubs to expand its services.
Our Patron Theresa Villiers MP for Chipping Barnet said;
"I would like to send my best wishes to Dementia Club UK and the Rotary Club of Golders Green as you launch what I am sure will be a successful partnership. I hugely admire the work done by Lisa Rutter and Dementia Club UK, bringing support to many families in Barnet. I warmly welcome the commitment by Golders Green Rotary to be part of the Dementia Club success story."
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We had over 30 members again today.
Kevin one of the volunteers who comes with his wife Olivia and his mother in law Mable took the activities part of the session today. He first played chicken charades which was very funny and then played Family Fortunes which again members really enjoyed.
The session then followed with poetry by Cllr John Hart who read some well known poems and also read one in French. Everyone enjoyed the poetry.
I took the opportunity to also talk to members about special religious holidays on Sunday 12th March. I told them about Purim which is a Jewish celebration where people wear fancy dress and drink lots of alcohol and Holi which is a Hindu celebration where people shower each other with coloured water and red and green powder. I also talked about the meaning of Lent which is observed by fasting 40 days and how with the Greek Orthodox religion we have the painting of eggs at Easter.
The last part of the session we had singing and also played catching the ball and then finished off with 5 minutes of stretching exercises and a 5 minute general discussion.
Thank you to Melvyn and Dr Angela our volunteers for their help at the session today and thank you to Olivia one of the carers for assisting.
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This was the first session run by the volunteers at Sha'arei Tsedek. Our thanks to Gilder, Stephen, Justine, Judy, Keith and Dot. To commemorate this beginning new table cloths were purchased which all members appreciated.
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Today the session was very busy with about 40 members. We had a presentation from Maivel Rodriguez Lopez - Senior Adult Carers Support & Outreach officer from Barnet Carers. Maivel explained how Barnet Carers offer advice and information to carers and also informed members of the partnership with Dementia Club UK. They will be attending at the Stephens House & Gardens venue once a month to offer advice and information to carers of Dementia Club UK which will be starting in April.
We also had a visitor today Anne Duggan-Family Liaison Manager from The Fremantle Trust. I invited Anne to say a few words. She explained The Fremantle Trust is a registered charity and not for profit business providing care and support services, residential care and day care services.
The session continued with exercise and dance followed by activities which everyone enjoyed. Thank you to Annette and Melvyn our volunteers for their help today. Thank you also to our doctor- Dr Angela attending and talking to some of the members.
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Today at Dementia Club UK Annette ran the first half of the session, she introduced this session as "Communication".
She played some favourite songs with her record player and then she organised a table of different objects and photos and asked members to pick one object or photo which stimulated a memory and meant something to them.
Annette gave members some time to think before asking each member to talk about what the object meant to them. Members enjoyed listening to each members story and one new member decided to recite a poem which meant a lot to her. This activity was to encourage engagement so that the person living with dementia does not withdraw but participates in conversations and maintaining communication skills.
We also celebrated a birthday today. It was Joan's 90th birthday. It was a lovely surprise when the Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff also popped in to say hello. The Mayor stayed and talked to members who wanted a photo with The Mayor.
We also had 2 London Borough of Barnet council officers who visited today to volunteer. We had Mr Salar Rida - Governance officer Assurance Group and we also had Caroline Glitre - Head of Internal Audit. Members welcomed the volunteers and both volunteers enjoyed interacting with the members including singing and dancing and even enjoyed a Waltz.
The activities with the golf and table tennis was very popular as usual with members. Thank you to Annette for taking the first part of the session. Thank you also to Theresa our volunteer for helping throughout the session.
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