We are delighted to have another new venue at the prestigious Hendon Town Hall. The launch was opened by the Mayor of Barnet Cllr. David Longstaff accompanied by the Mayoress Gillian Griffiths.

Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff officially opening the 5th Dementia Club UK venue at Hendon Town Hall
Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff officially opening the 5th Dementia Club UK venue at Hendon Town Hall
Trustees Peter Cragg & Anthony Cohen, Harley the therapy dog, Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff & Chairman Cllr Lisa Rutter
Trustees Peter Cragg & Anthony Cohen, Harley the therapy dog, Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff & Chairman Cllr Lisa Rutter

Also attending, Theresa Villiers MP for Chipping Barnet, Dr Rhonda Cohen sport and exercise psychologist who is head of London Sports Institute & Professor Trish Hafford-Lechfield both from Middlesex University. Dawn Wakeling Director of Adult Social Services, Nicole Babic from Barnet Carers Centre, members from Dementia Club UK, volunteers and Harley our Dementia friendly therapy dog. The chairman and Trustees thanked everybody for attending the launch.

Tija and Isabelle two of our volenteers
Tija and Isabelle two of our volunteers
Harley interacting with some of the members
Harley interacting with some of the members

We were very lucky to have the Ionian Clarinet Quartet who are part of a larger group - The Ionian Clarinet Choir who perform over North London and Hertfordshire fundraising for charities. We were delighted they were able to support and play at our event today. The quartet consisted of Rita, Ian, Ken and Adele.

Rita, Ian, Adele and Ken from the Ionian Clarinet Quartet
Rita, Ian, Adele and Ken from the Ionian Clarinet Quartet

Big thanks to Saracens for their continued support and thanks to the Mayor for choosing Dementia Club UK as one of his charities during his Mayoral year.

Trustee Anthony Cohen, Cllr Helena Hart, Theresa Villiers MP, Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff, Cllr Lisa Rutter Chairman of Dementia Club UK, Cllr Alison Cornelius & Mayoress Gillian Griffiths
Trustee Anthony Cohen, Cllr Helena Hart, Theresa Villiers MP, Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff, Cllr Lisa Rutter Chairman of Dementia Club UK, Cllr Alison Cornelius & Mayoress Gillian Griffiths

The Hendon Town Hall venue will be available every last Thursday of the month.

Following the previous visit by NCS on 6th July another 12 students from the drama group visited the Britannia Centre venue led by Rebecca Reed. The students interacted with the members listening and noting some of their favourite stories from their lives. The students had 10 minutes to prepare a drama whilst we did some other activities.

NCS drama group introducing themselves to Dementia Club UK
NCS drama group introducing themselves to Dementia Club UK

The drama group decided to re-enact a summer holiday at the beach. It was an apt subject as it was a hot lovely afternoon and choc ices were distributed to all.

Rebecca wrote later that: "The young people said some lovely comments about the club members and were very moved by the stories they heard"

Members enjoyed singing and dancing to their favorite songs from Roy Blass

Roy Blass entertains at Dementia Club UK
Roy Blass entertains at Dementia Club UK

Today 12 students from National Citizen Service (NCS) visited us. Ansell Cizic who is a teacher and the student's team leader told us about NCS. It was a lovely summer's day so we decided to sit outside for this group photo.

Dementia Club UK members with the students from NCS
Dementia Club UK members with the students from NCS

NCS is a programme in the summer for 15-17 year olds and is about those young people volunteering in the community and learning about their wider community, gaining skills in interacting with different community groups. Teams of young people learn a skill with a professional in that field and then they go out to a community group to work with the group passing on that skill or creating activities.

Group photo of Dementia Club UK and the team from NCS with Ancell sitting in the centre
Group photo of Dementia Club UK and the team from NCS with Ancell sitting in the centre
Moshe Tamir entertaining Dementia Club UK
Moshe Tamir entertaining Dementia Club UK

Moshe Tamir entertained everyone today with a mix of different songs in many different languages. Everybody joined in singing along. It was an electrifying session full of fun. Moshe brought the microphone around to some of the members who fancied singing a few words. Anthony joined in for a duo and a Russian dance.

Moshe and Anthony doing a Russian dance
Moshe and Anthony doing a Russian dance