Dementia Club UK members enjoyed an outing today to The Clink Brixton prison restaurant. The weather was also surprisingly sunny and warm. This was a most unusual visit for members especially on Valentines Day. It was an amazing experience for members which was thoroughly enjoyed.

A full session as usual. As this was the day before Valentines Day, Lisa decorated the tables with table cloths and each table had a vase with flowers and Valentines balloons.

Members were pleasantly surprised as they arrived and walked into the room. Lisa welcomed everyone and then started the session with some jokes which members look forward to listening.

We also had 2 visitors today from Carlton Court Care home - Pam the activities coordinator and Pat one of the residents. Lisa then distributed to members some Valentine poems and asked various to members different verses.

Moshe the music entertainer then arrived and everyone had a really wonderful time singing and dancing. This was a very enjoyable Valentines session.

Thank you to our volunteers Melvyn and Dr Angela for all their help during the session. Thank you also to Mark for his help setting up and during the session.

Today was as usual a very busy session. I was unfortunately short of volunteers. Melvyn thankfully set up for me but had to leave and I was grateful that Lizzy our new volunteer was also available. As always however some of the carers step in to help making the teas and coffees which I am very thankful.

Lisa started with a quiz about classic films which members found very interesting and led to discussions. The session then followed with Lisa reading some jokes making everyone laugh. Members always look forward to the jokes. Two poems were then given out to members and Lisa asked for different members to read verses from the poems.

At this point Mark arrived which was great for some extra help. The session then followed with singing from song sheets and some dancing to musical favourites. The session ended with Tovertafel which is always enjoyed by members.

Everyone left with a smile. Thank you to my volunteers – Melvyn, Lizzy and Mark and also to some of the carers.

Stephens House venue is always a favourite for members as they are always spoilt by Risom. The room is always prepared and ready with various teas and coffee and lovely cakes and Risom is always ready to serve the members as they arrive.

We had quite a few members today and also some Rotary members from Golders Green attended - Valerie who is also a Trustee, Dick, Kuljit with his wife Satwant and Ian.

Lisa started with a picture quiz asking members to identify names of various biscuits which they enjoyed. It was then time for exercises. As Richard was away today, Maxine Levy covered the chair yoga exercises.

The session then followed with music entertainment by Helen Tierney and as Valentines Day is in a few days time, Helen decided to play various love songs and everyone also sang and danced.

Everyone left very happy. Thank you again to Risom and the Rotarians and also to Mark the Trustee for helping Lisa with the session.

The session was led by Helen today and was one of fun and laughter.

Everyone enjoyed the activities which included colouring-in, golf, poetry reading with Lisa, two quizzes (one of which was a musical quiz), and Chair Yoga led by Richard our "Yoga Master".

The musical part of the afternoon got everyone singing and dancing. Thank you Joy for supporting James Lebec with his uplifting musical entertainment, and for a great end to the afternoon dancing the Hokey Cokey.

Thank you to the team from Edgware and Stanmore: Dr Nandini Varma, Margaret Matchet, and Sonia Hirsh. and Daryl Heard (Business Manager Metro Bank) and the team from Northwick Park: Mollie Hacking, Ritu Kapur, June Nathan and Helen Antoniou all made the afternoon go with a swing. The refreshments were very welcome on arrival with everyone sitting and enjoying the company and the conversation.

We had 2 visitors - Daryl Heard (Business Manager from Metro Bank) and first time visitor, Natalie Crampton from Appletree Court Care home in Burnt Oak. Both our visitors really enjoyed the session and joined in with the activities. Thank you Mark and Lisa for your help and support: a most enjoyable afternoon!!

We had quite a few members today including some new members.

Lisa welcomed everyone and then started with a short picture quiz for members to identify movie titles. This was a little challenging but became easier with a little help from Mark.

Lisa then gave members some poems to read and asked members to read verses. Members enjoyed reading the poems.

Lisa then introduced Maria a visitor from McAlpine Care which is based in Barnet. Everyone welcomed her and she explained a little about the services they provide.

The session then followed with exercises led by Annalisa which is always very enjoyable and then followed with James Le Bec and his music entertainment and music quiz. Everyone had a lovely time singing and dancing.