Members enjoyed singing and dancing to their favorite songs from Roy Blass

Roy Blass entertains at Dementia Club UK
Roy Blass entertains at Dementia Club UK

Today 12 students from National Citizen Service (NCS) visited us. Ansell Cizic who is a teacher and the student's team leader told us about NCS. It was a lovely summer's day so we decided to sit outside for this group photo.

Dementia Club UK members with the students from NCS
Dementia Club UK members with the students from NCS

NCS is a programme in the summer for 15-17 year olds and is about those young people volunteering in the community and learning about their wider community, gaining skills in interacting with different community groups. Teams of young people learn a skill with a professional in that field and then they go out to a community group to work with the group passing on that skill or creating activities.

Group photo of Dementia Club UK and the team from NCS with Ancell sitting in the centre
Group photo of Dementia Club UK and the team from NCS with Ancell sitting in the centre
Moshe Tamir entertaining Dementia Club UK
Moshe Tamir entertaining Dementia Club UK

Moshe Tamir entertained everyone today with a mix of different songs in many different languages. Everybody joined in singing along. It was an electrifying session full of fun. Moshe brought the microphone around to some of the members who fancied singing a few words. Anthony joined in for a duo and a Russian dance.

Moshe and Anthony doing a Russian dance
Moshe and Anthony doing a Russian dance

Dementia Club UK members, family and friends attended the House Commons, Jubilee Room at Westminster on 15th June 2016. The Mayor of Barnet, Cllr David Longstaff attended and was delighted to announce his support to Dementia Club UK as one of his chosen charities during his year as Mayor.

Geoffrey Horton, baritone singing an aria
Geoffrey Horton, baritone singing an aria

Mike Freer MP for Finchley and Golders Green hosted this event. We had some singing from baritone Geoffrey Horton accompanied by his pianist Phillip Enscot whilst enjoying some refreshments and buffet.

Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff, Cllr Lisa Rutter and Mike Freer MP in the Jubilee Room
Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff, Cllr Lisa Rutter and Mike Freer MP in the Jubilee Room

Mike Freer took the group on a tour of the Palace of Westminster finishing in the debating chamber itself. Mike had asked a question that morning in PMQ’s. We were not allowed to take photos or sit down in the debating chamber but everyone had a lovely time and we are very grateful to Mike Freer for an interesting and informative tour.

Mike Freer MP giving us a history lesson in The Great Hall
Mike Freer MP giving us a history lesson in The Great Hall
Saint Stephens Hall
Saint Stephens Hall

Today Diny one of our carers brought a lot of jewellery she has been making over a number of years. She sold a number of pieces to the members and donated the proceeds to our charity – Dementia Club UK. I am very grateful to Diny and thank her very much. Diny said it takes her about 2 evenings to make a piece, she enjoys making them and she believes that the secret of living longer is to keep your mind active by having a hobby you enjoy. Diny will be 90 years young on the 30th of this month. Her mother lived to 102. We had 4 volunteers from Barnet Council Staff who were rushed off their feet as we were very busy today. My thanks to them as I don’t think I could have managed today without their help. Tija our new dance exercise instructor gave us some Spanish dance movements. She explained the 2 ways to clap, the graceful wrist and finger movements and tapping feet.

Diny displaying her beautiful jewellery at Dementia Club UK
Diny displaying her beautiful jewellery at Dementia Club UK
Tija showing us Spanish Dance Movements
Tija showing us Spanish Dance Movements
Diny presenting the proceeds of the Jewellery Sale to Lisa chairman of Dementia Club UK
Diny presenting the proceeds of the Jewellery Sale to Lisa chairman of Dementia Club UK