This was a very busy session and it felt like a Spring day especially after ‘the beast from the East ‘ weather we recently had. Lisa decorated the tables with daffodils which all members thought was really lovely.

We had a presentation today from Mr Daniel Bamford Chief Officer from Citizens Advice Barnet. Daniel talked about the various help that is provided which members were pleased to hear. One of the carers mentioned that he had an occasion to use the Citizens Advice and the advice given really helped.

Mr Daniel Bamford Chief Officer from Citizens Advice Barnet
Mr Daniel Bamford Chief Officer from Citizens Advice Barnet

Lisa then gave members a quiz to work out the title of the film from famous lines. The session then followed with social activities. Lisa brought out various games which were enjoyed by everyone. The session ended with Lisa reading a joke.

Report from Session Leader Justine:

The monthly Dementia Club UK meeting was held on the 5th March at Sha’arei Tsedek Synagogue in Whetstone.

At the start of the session, the guests were served tea, coffee and lovely biscuits and were happy chatting to each other.

Jeff Borsack then did some gentle seated chair exercises with our guests and they really enjoyed it. This was followed by a lively session of entertainment provided by the very talented Moshe Tamir.

Jeff Borsack doing some gentle seated chair exercises
Jeff Borsack doing some gentle seated chair exercises

Moshe sang a variety of popular songs to which many of the guests and helpers danced. It was great fun! Approximately 28 guests and carers attended the session with the assistance of six​​ helpers from the synagogue.

Entertainment provided by the very talented Moshe Tamir
Entertainment provided by the very talented Moshe Tamir
Today we received news that the 40th Anniversary Gala of the Rotaract Club of Hampstead, Hendon & Golders Green Event raised £1000. We are very grateful to the organisers of the event for making the evening such a success. We would like to thank everyone who attended the event to raise money to support Dementia Club UK. This money will help towards running more sessions to give Dementia sufferers and their carers and families respite.
Lisa with Carla, Pia and Craig at 40th Anniversary Gala of the Rotaract Club of Hampstead, Hendon & Golders Green
Lisa with Carla, Pia and Craig at 40th Anniversary Gala of the Rotaract Club of Hampstead, Hendon & Golders Green
Lisa talking at 40th Anniversary Gala of the Rotaract Club of Hampstead, Hendon & Golders Green
Lisa talking at 40th Anniversary Gala of the Rotaract Club of Hampstead, Hendon & Golders Green

Pictures copyright of Craig Simons

SESSION CANCELLED BECAUSE OF SNOW

Despite a cold day with snow starting to fall we still had a good number of members. Members enjoyed chair yoga with Richard followed by music entertainment with Clare. As it was John’s birthday (one of the Rotarians) Lisa produced the same instant musical birthday cake and John enjoyed blowing the candles out on the cake.

Members then enjoyed some golf which became a little competitive.

We were also delighted to be joined by Dr Rebecca Hatjiosif who Lisa introduced. Dr Rebecca took some blood pressures and was also able to provide some medical advice. Members were very grateful.

We were pleased to be joined today by the Minister Julian Templeton. A photo shows Julian with Andrew Mills the church warden. It was also a pleasure to see Rotarian Jim McCarthy (the President Elect), and thank all the Rotarians for their help during the session – John, Malcolm, Owen Gates, Victor Kaye and Simon Smith.

Thank you to the ladies for helping with the teas- Marjorie, Dorothy and Sue.