Torrential rain kept some members away today but those that came all had fun. It was lovely to see the tables with some pretty table cloths today.

Lisa started the session with some activities of golf and a quiz. Members also like to do some colouring pictures too. It was then time for some exercise yoga with Richard which everyone looks forward to as Richard makes it fun.

Chair yoga with Richard
Chair yoga with Richard

The session then followed with James Le Bec and again this is always fun especially when James does his music quiz with the big dice. By the time the session ended members were pleased that the rain had stopped.

Thank you to our lady volunteers making teas Dorothy and Sue. Thank you to our Rotarians John, Malcolm, Victor, Jim - Rotary President Elect, Andrew - Church warden & Tony- Church secretary.

Lisa - the Ageing Well & Mental Health Champion of the Borough of Barnet organised a Dementia Awareness Day at Brent Cross Shopping Centre today. The last few years this was organised in the centre but this year Lisa decided to stand in the balcony area which looks down in the centre.

Risom, Lisa and 5 Brent Cross security team ready to start the day
Risom, Lisa and 5 Brent Cross security team ready to start the day

I would like to thank Brent Cross and 5 of their volunteers from the security team for helping with the bucket collections. They helped for 4 hours. I also like to thank the following; Risom who helped out for 5 hours continuously, Dr Angela one of our Trustees, Danielle from Rotary Club Edgware & Stanmore and of course my husband Mark who is also one of the Trustees. It was a pleasure to see Gordon Banks from Saracens who came to show his support. We wish the Saracens all the best tomorrow at their game in Twickenham.

Lisa and Gordon Banks from Saracens
Lisa and Gordon Banks from Saracens

We had quite a few people approach us to ask questions about someone they know with dementia. Over the years it is evident that we have been successful in raising awareness about dementia which is good. I am grateful to Brent Cross for their continued support.

Final lineup with Dr Angela Parker
Final lineup with Dr Angela Parker

Lisa was invited by the Rotary Club President of Northwick Park to their dinner meeting as their speaker. It was a pleasure to meet all the Rotary members.

Lisa with Past District Governor Helen & President Mollie
Lisa with Past District Governor Helen Antoniou & President Mollie Hacking MBE

Lisa talked a little about her career background and when she was Mayor of the Borough of Barnet, her chosen charities and how she started Dementia Club UK. Lisa then talked about DCUK in association with the Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore and how since they started in March and now Northwick Park also joined in the last 2 sessions both Rotary Clubs are working well together and the dementia club is really doing well which is growing with quite a few new members.

Lisa also mentioned how delighted she is that both Rotary Clubs are now organising a launch party on 18th July 2018 Lisa would like to thank President Mollie Hacking and Past District Governor Helen Antoniou for inviting Lisa and her husband Mark to the meeting and also thank the Rotary Club for the lovely meal.

A busy session as normal and we also had a few visitors who came along with some of the carers.

We had a quiz as normal to start with and then James wanted to talk to members about something he recently experienced.

James talking to the members of Dementia Club UK
James talking to the members of Dementia Club UK

We celebrated 2 members birthdays for Mel and Ken and then the session followed with social activities and Tovertafel which is a favourite for members.

Thank you to our volunteers Dr Angela and Mark two of our Trustees and Eva a student who has been attending regularly to help.

Today’s session was led by Eleanor:

"We started off with two quizzes, ‘Find The Football Teams’, with gaps left for letters to be filled in and ‘Complete The Proverb’ where the last word of the saying was missing. Both proved popular and there was fierce competition between the members at each table!

Eleanor then read an extract from ‘Somebody I Used to Know’, a book recently published by Wendy Mitchell who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2015 at the age of 58. It was a very moving account of the day Wendy got lost in her office at work. There wasn’t a sound in the room as Eleanor read.

Next it was time for a sing along to some old favourites, including It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles and Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner. It was lovely to see so many members joining in and the gentleman and ladies responded to the challenge of singing a verse each on their own!

We finished with two games of card bingo which is popular with everyone.

My thanks to our volunteers, Melvyn and Eva, and to all the carers who helped set up the activities and cleared up afterwards"