Lisa was invited by the Rotary Club of Golders Green to their annual Christmas dinner to speak about dementia and to announce the forthcoming collaboration between Dementia Club UK and the Rotary Club of Goldrers Green. This will be a further new venue to be held at Stephens House and Gardens (formally known as Avenue House).

See programme for details.

Moshe entertained members at the Britannia Community Centre with a variety of Christmas songs and other favourites and also played a few requests which went down very well. We also celebrated Melia's birthday. Everybody was up and dancing.

Lisa was invited by the Mayor as one of his charities to read a Lesson at the Mayor's Carol Service at St Marks Church in Barnet Vale
Lisa was invited by the Mayor as one of his charities to read a Lesson at the Mayor's Carol Service at St Marks Church in Barnet Vale

Lisa thanked all the volunteers who have helped during the year and also thanked those members who raised money for Dementia Club UK. Big thanks to Justine, Diny, Melvyn, David and Pantelis. We had a jewellery sale to allow members to buy any last minute stocking fillers. All proceeds went to Dementia Club UK.

We sang some Christmas Carols and ate lots of mince pies.

Today at Sha'arei Tsedek we celebrated Hanukkah. Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Justine read to members the story of Hanukkar which everyone found interesting. She also introduced one of the games that is played during the 8 days of Hanukkah called Dreidel. This year the first day of Hanukkah starts on Christmas Day.

Anthony our trustee who is also a baritone sang a traditional song and the kindergarten children sang 3 delightful songs.

Kindergarten children entertaining us
Kindergarten children entertaining us

We also had 4 students from the University of Westminster who are currently planning a documentary project about Dementia and the effects that is has on its sufferers. The students thought it was a great session and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

In addition we had a visit from 2 care navigators from the Barnet Integrated Locality Team, "BILT". This is a new role within the NHS. They will receive referrals from GPs, assess them and forward them to the voluntary sector that can provide them the best support.