This was our first session today at this new venue. Dementia Club UK is delighted to be working in association with GLL Barnet.

It was a bit of a problem getting to the venue room because of the new building works but to our surprise we had quite a few members and we also had 5 new members.

Although the room was small it was pleasant and it had a great view of the world famous swimming pool which members enjoyed looking at. Lisa welcomed everyone and members enjoyed their teas and coffees and lovely cakes whilst chatting. Annalisa then did some seated exercises with the members which was really good fun. James then arrived with Joy and was ready to provide some musical entertainment. Members really had a great time singing and dancing and also listening to some Christmas songs.

This was a very successful first session and everyone was very happy. However as building works are continuing for a few months at Copthall, the decision is that the sessions will be held at Burnt Oak until the new building is built at Copthall.

We had a very busy session as usual.

Lisa welcomed the members and then started with a picture quiz to name some famous faces. Each table worked as a team. However it didn’t take long when members wanted Lisa to provide some clues which then helped.

Another busy session for Dementia Club UK at Finchley Memorial Hospital
Another busy session for Dementia Club UK at Finchley Memorial Hospital

The session then followed with Lisa’s seated exercises which everyone really looks forward to. Lisa makes sure members exercise from top to toe and also have a sing along to some of their favourite songs.

It was then time for Tovertafel and we also had Mehdi today who was able to show us 2 new games. Members always enjoy playing as it is lots of fun.

New games on Tovertafel
New games on Tovertafel

Those members not playing with Tovertafel play other games which Lisa distributes and also enjoy chatting.

Today's report is from session leader Justine:

Our members were served tea, coffee and lovely biscuits & cake at the start of our session and were happy chatting to each other.

The children from our nursery school then came in & sang some lovely songs about Chanukkah which all our members loved. The children were so cute & happy! They made everyone smile!

Children from the nursery school sang some Chanukkah songs
Children from the nursery school sang some Chanukkah songs

After a short while, a lovely lady called Jane did some fun exercises with our members which everyone thoroughly enjoyed!

Jane leading the exercises
Jane leading the exercises

This was followed by a lively session of entertainment provided by the very talented James LeBec. James sang a variety of popular songs to which many of the members and helpers danced. He also did a music quiz and our members had to guess the name of the song! It was great fun! The atmosphere was fantastic!

After James left, the members continued to chat and there was also table tennis & darts! 22 members and carers attended the session with the assistance of six helpers from the synagogue who were:- Justine, Gilda, Stephen, Dot, Judy & Keith.

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New venue soon
New venue soon
Lesley Imossi, Stephen Carr the local Area Director for Edgware Metro Bank, Lisa and Tracey–Emma Ekanem the local Business Manager
Lesley Imossi, Stephen Carr the local Area Director for Edgware Metro Bank, Lisa and Tracey–Emma Ekanem the local Business Manager

I was invited this evening as a guest speaker to an informal networking event at Metro Bank the Broad Walk Centre in Edgware to talk about my charity Dementia Club UK. I was delighted to meet Stephen Carr the local Area Director for Edgware and also Tracey–Emma Ekanem the local Business Manager.

I was pleased after my talk to meet all the people that attended. I would like to thank Metro Bank for hosting this event and I am grateful for the opportunity to talk about Dementia Club UK to raise more awareness about this terrible disease.