Today was even more busier than ever. Lisa welcomed everyone and kept everyone busy with word searches, crosswords and painting whilst also enjoying their teas/coffees and cakes.

We had a visitor today which everyone welcomed – The Revd Tristan Chapman, team Vicar of St Stephen’s, Bells Hill and St Mark’s, Barnet Vale.

 

Lisa then provided everyone with some updates informing them that the Waitrose Community Matters raised £468. Members were delighted to hear this news. A new programme was also given out to members which goes to the end of this year.

The session then followed with a game of Bingo which everyone enjoyed with great concentration. Revd Tristan in fact helped by calling out the numbers with me. He needed no microphone as his voice was very loud.

Lisa then did a True or False quiz about the human body which was very interesting as the questions raised some medical questions regarding vaccinations and the importance of having them. Our Doctor Angela was able to explain to members the full details of vaccinations.

It was then time for the Tovertafel and members were gathered around the table eager to play. The football game is very popular as members get very excited and enjoy the challenge playing against each other. Other games were also enjoyed especially the flowers and the fish swimming.

There was time for another quiz and this time Lisa read out questions with multiple choice answers. The quiz brought some memories for some with the war and Laurie one of our members told us of his experience and just before he was going to learn how to fly he caught Polio and was in hospital for months.

Everyone enjoyed the session. Thank you to our volunteers – Melvyn, Dr Angela, Melissa, Arzu, Eric and of course Mark

The meeting on 3rd September at the Baden-Powel Centre , John Keeble Church,was one of fun and laughter.

A warm welcome followed by refreshments and a chat was the start of a fun and interactive afternoon. Mabel and Gunam showed us their creative skills with their water colour art.

On Richard's arrival for his Chair Yoga session,everyone including the team of helpers, positioned their chairs and took part. It was Chair Yoga with a twist, Richard made his exercises entertaining by adding in some Cricket Umpire hand gestures and arm movements and explained what each one meant.

James Le Beck entertained us with his music, and his music quiz,and lifted our spirits by getting us all on the dance floor!!! His music quiz is always great fun and very competitive. The aim for each member is to throw and get a six but sometimes interventions are necessary. You know when it has becomes very competitive when James would run after the dice as it rolls to tackle Helen who is helping the dice to land as a six.

The team of helpers from Northwick Park Rotary club were, Helen, Mollie, June, Ritu and President Rochelle, and from Edgware and Stanmore were Selwyn and Suresh Thank you to all named for making the afternoon great fun not only for our visitors but also for themselves.

Our monthly Dementia Club UK session was held on the 2nd September at Sha’arei Tsedek Synagogue in Whetstone.

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

The lovely Jane then took an exercise session with our members which they all participated in and enjoyed.

This was followed by the very talented James LeBec! and his assistant Joy. 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 very funny & very competitive! James told us that we had won last month’s competition with an amazing score of 131 point!!! 3 cheers for Sha’arei Tsedek Dementia Club UK!

18 members and carers attended the session with the assistance of seven helpers from the synagogue who were:- Justine, Gilda, Stephen, Caroline, Mark, Dot & Judy.

PICTURES TO FOLLOW...

Took this picture today which is the last day that Waitrose are collecting tokens. We want to thank Barnet Spires Waitrose and it's staff for allowing us to be one of the charities for the month of August. Thank you also to Waitrose customers who put their tokens in the Dementia Club UK slot.

This is one of the dementia clubs which we have taken over from the Alzheimer’s Society and pleased to report that this dementia club has now increased in numbers.

Our Rotary Club volunteers from Mill Hill attended – Jeanette and Graham, Jane, Rotary President Desmond and his wife Bobsie and their visitor Ray.

We also had 2 new members. Lisa welcomed everyone and gave out some magic painting pictures with paint brushes and also gave out some word searches which are always popular. Everyone enjoyed doing those whilst chatting and drinking their teas/coffees and eating their biscuits.

Whilst some of the members were working hard on their magic painting pictures Lisa also decided to do a multiple choice quiz for the rest of the members. Lisa read out the questions and members working in a team of 3 tables wrote the answers on a piece of paper. As usual members always claim the quiz is too hard but they all enjoy the challenge and enjoy multiple choice quizzes.

After enough exercising for our brain, it was now time for some fun. Lisa did some music and singing with the usual favourite songs which members enjoyed and then it was time to unveil to OM interactive. This was the first time today. Lisa bought the mobile OM interactive for the charity with the support of Saracens so that it can be taken to all the dementia clubs.

Lisa has chosen to name the mobile OM interactive – OM - R2D2 which fans of Star Wars would know. Mark was supervising and showing the various games and all members in turn including our Rotarians were happy to have a go. It brought many smiles to everyone and some challenging moments. It was a very enjoyable session.

Thank you to all our Rotarian volunteers for their help during the session. Thank you to Sarah who always attend and helps with the teas and coffees and of course thank you to Lisa the Chairman who led the session and Mark one of the Trustees for his help throughout the session.