Today was a very busy session at Finchley Memorial Hospital, we also had 15 students from National Citizen Service ‘NCS’ visit.

They came with film cameras and video equipment to show members and also to build a rapport so that they could create a short documentary/ promotional video to be used on the Dementia Club UK website showing what Dementia Club UK is all about.

Matt from NCS introducing themselves to the members of Dementia Club UK
Matt from NCS introducing themselves to the members of Dementia Club UK

We had the following leaders from NCS - Matt (Practitioner who facilitates all the workshops), Hayley – Senior Mentor Jade – Programme Leader. All the students were absolutely fantastic with the members – chatting to them and taking videos. We did some poetry reading which members enjoyed. A favourite poem is called ‘A Smile’

The session then followed with singing and then exercises with Lisa as a warm up before Richard arrived to do the yoga. Members were worn out by this time but had happy smiles and were looking forward to seeing the students again tomorrow at the Town Hall.

Members of Dementia Club UK doing their chair exercises watched by students from NCS
Members of Dementia Club UK doing their chair exercises watched by students from NCS

The students were already waiting for me at the Town Hall entrance when I arrived.

Thank you to Eleanor and Dr Angela for their help during the session.

Tuesday saw another exciting afternoon at DCUK Fairway Hall. We gained a few more members 19 members and 9 volunteers.

We welcomed the Woodmen Brian and Nick Male (past Rotary club President of Elstree & Borehamwood) entertaining us with 60s music.

Brian and Nick entertaining us with 60s music
Brian and Nick entertaining us with 60s music

Sarah led the exercises. Our Town mayor Eric Silver popped in to see how we were getting on. The session then followed with a quiz for members identifying now defunct pubs. Some members struggled and others showed signs of their misspent youth and had a perfect score.

Sarah leading chair exercises
Sarah leading chair exercises

Thank you to Lisa for reminding us of old adages.

We look forward to seeing everyone on next meeting Tuesday 8th August and Tuesday 22nd August. (written by Pat Strack, session leader)

I was invited by The Rotary Club of Radlett as a guest speaker to talk about Dementia Club UK at The Aldenham Social Club, Church Lane, Aldenham, Hertfordshire, WD25 8AY.

I was greeted by members and introduced to The President of the Rotary club Mr Clive Daley. It was a pleasure to meet everyone and had a chance before the meeting started to have a few chats with members.

The President of the Rotary Club of Radlett Mr Clive Daley presenting a cheque to Lisa Chairman of Dementia Club UK
The President of the Rotary Club of Radlett Mr Clive Daley presenting a cheque to Lisa Chairman of Dementia Club UK

My thanks to Rotarian Mr David Rose who initiated this meeting and for me to have the opportunity to talk about my charity. I was nicely surprised at the end of my speech to receive a cheque donation from the The President. My thanks to the Rotary Club of Radlett for their generous donation.

Dr Angela Parker one of our Trustees for Dementia Club UK was instrumental in organising through the Church committee of Christ Church, Church of England parish church in Waterfall Road, The Green Arnos Grove Southgate N14 7EG a fundraiser lunch in the Church House hall. The committee choose different charities and decided on this occasion to choose Dementia Club UK.

Members of Christ Church Southgate having lunch with the committee dressed in colourful Rwanda aprons
Members of Christ Church Southgate having lunch with the committee dressed in colourful Rwanda aprons

Angela said a few words about Dementia Club UK and then Lisa expressed her thanks to the committee and all that attended the lunch. There was also a raffle drawn by Lisa. Lisa had the pleasure to talk to most of the people who attended. The lunch was very successful and raised a good amount. My thanks to Angela.

Lisa and the members of the Church committee of Christ Church, Southgate
Lisa and the members of the Church committee of Christ Church, Southgate

The pictures show the committee with some wearing colourful Rwanda aprons. There is also a photo with Raymond Harris who was also a pleasure chatting to.

Raymond Harris and Lisa at Christ Church, Southgate
Raymond Harris and Lisa at Christ Church, Southgate

Dementia Club UK had a stall today at the garden fete at Stephens House & Gardens. It was a warm muggy cloudy day but lots of people attended and it was lovely to also see many Dementia Club UK members.

There were many interesting stalls selling various items. There was also the Barnet Band group who played some lovely classics.

On our stall we had costume jewellery, lace tablecloths, beautiful tea pots, mugs. Handkerchiefs and many other items including Diny's hand made beaded jewellery. Diny is one of the carer members who sometimes attends the cafe.

Diny in the foreground who made some of her beaded jewellery for Dementia Club UK to sell
Diny in the foreground who made some of her beaded jewellery for Dementia Club UK to sell

Dementia Club UK would like to thank Elaine and Louis who not only donated these items to Dementia Club UK but they also attended to help for the day. A huge thank you to them both for giving up their day to help. Elaine and Louis have been very supportive.

We also had our partners Rotary Club of Golders Green and their new President Adrian who had a stall next to ours. They had a very interesting ball game which attracted a lot of people. It was quite challenging.

Rotary Club of Golders Green with their stall
Rotary Club of Golders Green with their stall