All Together Better Burnt Oak a local community group that aims to reduce isolation and loneliness formed a partnership with Wood Court Care Home and put on a 3 day holiday event for seniors from Wednesday 3rd August to Friday 5th August.

Dementia Club UK was invited to setup a stall to provide information about dementia
Dementia Club UK was invited to setup a stall to provide information about dementia

Dementia Club UK was invited to setup a stall to provide information about dementia on Friday 5th August. Lisa also joined in with some of the activities with the residents.

Lisa joining in with the activities at Wood Court Care Home
Lisa joining in with the activities at Wood Court Care Home

Alan Mordue from Barnet Council's Adults and Health Transformation Programme Commissioning Group came to give a talk about a recent questionnaire which is part of a public consultation to Barnet residents on the way the council delivers and organises adult social care in Barnet.

Alan Mordue from Barnet Council's Adults and Health Transformation Programme Commissioning Group
Alan Mordue from Barnet Council's Adults and Health Transformation Programme Commissioning Group

A further talk was followed by Susan Blackburn from Barnet Council's Sheltered Housing department who spoke to us about social housing and also about a new development in Mill Hill which will soon house people with mental health problems including dementia. More details will be provided in the near future which will include eligibility criteria.

Susan Blackburn from Barnet Council's Sheltered Housing department
Susan Blackburn from Barnet Council's Sheltered Housing department

We are delighted to have another new venue at the prestigious Hendon Town Hall. The launch was opened by the Mayor of Barnet Cllr. David Longstaff accompanied by the Mayoress Gillian Griffiths.

Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff officially opening the 5th Dementia Club UK venue at Hendon Town Hall
Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff officially opening the 5th Dementia Club UK venue at Hendon Town Hall
Trustees Peter Cragg & Anthony Cohen, Harley the therapy dog, Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff & Chairman Cllr Lisa Rutter
Trustees Peter Cragg & Anthony Cohen, Harley the therapy dog, Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff & Chairman Cllr Lisa Rutter

Also attending, Theresa Villiers MP for Chipping Barnet, Dr Rhonda Cohen sport and exercise psychologist who is head of London Sports Institute & Professor Trish Hafford-Lechfield both from Middlesex University. Dawn Wakeling Director of Adult Social Services, Nicole Babic from Barnet Carers Centre, members from Dementia Club UK, volunteers and Harley our Dementia friendly therapy dog. The chairman and Trustees thanked everybody for attending the launch.

Tija and Isabelle two of our volenteers
Tija and Isabelle two of our volunteers
Harley interacting with some of the members
Harley interacting with some of the members

We were very lucky to have the Ionian Clarinet Quartet who are part of a larger group - The Ionian Clarinet Choir who perform over North London and Hertfordshire fundraising for charities. We were delighted they were able to support and play at our event today. The quartet consisted of Rita, Ian, Ken and Adele.

Rita, Ian, Adele and Ken from the Ionian Clarinet Quartet
Rita, Ian, Adele and Ken from the Ionian Clarinet Quartet

Big thanks to Saracens for their continued support and thanks to the Mayor for choosing Dementia Club UK as one of his charities during his Mayoral year.

Trustee Anthony Cohen, Cllr Helena Hart, Theresa Villiers MP, Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff, Cllr Lisa Rutter Chairman of Dementia Club UK, Cllr Alison Cornelius & Mayoress Gillian Griffiths
Trustee Anthony Cohen, Cllr Helena Hart, Theresa Villiers MP, Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff, Cllr Lisa Rutter Chairman of Dementia Club UK, Cllr Alison Cornelius & Mayoress Gillian Griffiths

The Hendon Town Hall venue will be available every last Thursday of the month.

Following the previous visit by NCS on 6th July another 12 students from the drama group visited the Britannia Centre venue led by Rebecca Reed. The students interacted with the members listening and noting some of their favourite stories from their lives. The students had 10 minutes to prepare a drama whilst we did some other activities.

NCS drama group introducing themselves to Dementia Club UK
NCS drama group introducing themselves to Dementia Club UK

The drama group decided to re-enact a summer holiday at the beach. It was an apt subject as it was a hot lovely afternoon and choc ices were distributed to all.

Rebecca wrote later that: "The young people said some lovely comments about the club members and were very moved by the stories they heard"

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