Today was our first session at Stephens House & Gardens (Avenue House). It was a beautiful sunny day which everyone appreciated looking out through the window at the lovely gardens.

Dementia Club UK will be having a launch event on 13th March at the same venue to celebrate Dementia Club UK's partnership with the Rotary Club of Golders Green. This is a very exciting venture. At the session we had 32 members who attended. I was also delighted to welcome a number of Rotarians including the Rotary President, Martin Schramm.

Today's session was a Valentine special. Everyone enjoyed listening to Tanya our violinist who played some romantic classics and other popular music which everyone enjoyed singing to. I had already prepared some of the lyrics to some songs which everyone appreciated. The session followed with exercise to music and then activities which everyone including our Rotarians enjoyed taking part.

Tanya (in the background) playing some romantic classics and other popular music
Tanya (in the background) playing some romantic classics and other popular music

My thanks to my volunteers today Annette and Theresa who came to help and also to our Rotarians who all came to support this session today.

Dementia Club UK volunteers Annette and Theresa
Dementia Club UK volunteers Annette and Theresa

My special thanks to Valerie who initiated this partnership with the Rotary Club of Golders Green. Lastly my thanks to the staff at Stephens House & Gardens.

Rotary members, Dick, Judith, Martin the current President and Valerie past President
Rotary members, Dick, Judith, Martin the current President and Valerie past President
Members as usual enjoyed the music entertainment by James Le Bec. The conga line proved very popular
Members as usual enjoyed the music entertainment by James Le Bec. The conga line proved very popular

Members at the Finchley Memorial Hospital on Wednesday 1st February enjoyed listening to music favourites played by Egon the guitarist.

Members enjoyed listening to music favourites played by Egon the guitarist
Members enjoyed listening to music favourites played by Egon the guitarist
Joseph celebrates his birthday
Joseph celebrates his birthday

Members were delighted to meet the volunteers today from Barnet Council including the Chief Executive Mr John Hooton who were very helpful and joined in all the activities. Lisa the Chairman extends her thanks to all the volunteers.

Council Officers from the London Borough of Barnet volunteering at Dementia Club UK
Council Officers from the London Borough of Barnet volunteering at Dementia Club UK

Members enjoyed 2 quizzes today. One was about the 1960's which Lisa introduced and the other one was to name some famous faces which was introduced by Kevin one of the Dementia Club UK volunteers.

Lisa then showed members how to make flowers out of pink coloured tissue paper which all members enjoyed doing including our Barnet Council volunteers.

Members and volunteers making paper flowers
Members and volunteers making paper flowers

The session then followed with exercise to music which also involved some challenging dance steps and then activities, golf putting, ball catching and a new game of table tennis which was really enjoyed.

 

Everyone had a great afternoon and members also thanked our Barnet Council volunteers for all their help.

  • Mr John Hooton - Chief Executive of London Borough of Barnet Council
  • Mr Stephen Evans - Chief Operating Officer
  • Mrs Sara Elias-Bassett - Community Engagement Participation & Strategy Lead
  • Ms Lesley Holland - Equalities Policy Officer
  • Ms Sophie Leedham - Strategy Officer Community
  • Mr Danny Slater - Strategy Officer Community
  • Ms Hannah Chillingworth - Strategy Officer
  • Mr Jason Latouche - Data Analysis

We had a nice e-mail from Danny Slater who went on to say:

“Eight employees from Barnet Council, including the Chief Executive John Hooton and Interim Chief Operating Officer Stephen Evans, spent an afternoon helping out at the Dementia Club UK session on Thursday 26th January, as part of the Business Responsibility programme that allows officers two days of volunteering each year. We took part in two great 60s-themed quizzes – although I’m not sure how helpful we were to the members in getting any answers right! We also enjoyed making tissue paper flowers, doing a group dance and work-out, and a spot of table tennis and golf, all in the surroundings of Hendon Town Hall. Thanks to Councillor Rutter for inviting us along, and to everyone else for making us feel welcome.”

Some members of Dementia Club UK had an opportunity to visit Number 10 Downing Street
Some members of Dementia Club UK had an opportunity to visit Number 10 Downing Street