NCS students returned today at Hendon Town Hall for the second day. Members were very pleased to see them again. We also had some new members.

Members from Dementia Club UK and students from NCS on the stairs of Hendon Town Hall
Members from Dementia Club UK and students from NCS on the stairs of Hendon Town Hall

The students started with some singing from Lisa’s song sheets and Stefan the mentor brought in his guitar to play along as everyone sang. The session then followed with a game of charades by the students. The members were very good at getting the answers. Tina one of the Carers also had a go.

NCS students singing at Dementia Club UK
NCS students singing at Dementia Club UK

Members enjoyed playing charades and laughed so much. Lisa then took the exercise part of the session and then followed with games as usual. The students really enjoyed interacting with the members and playing table tennis. Lisa then suggested to give the students a little guided tour of the Town Hall showing them the Mayors pictures and the Chamber.

They were very grateful. Before saying goodbye to our students we all grouped together on the stairs for a photo. As usual NCS students were amazing and the members really enjoyed having them for 2 days.

Lots of laughter for everyone as charades is played
Lots of laughter for everyone as charades is played

Thank you to our volunteers Melvyn who attended today and also the Mayor’s secretary Mary who had time to volunteer today.

We had a very busy session today with a visit from 12 students from National Citizen Service ‘NCS’ The students were led by their senior mentor Stefan Filby and Nora Perone.

We also had some birthdays to celebrate. It was Pantelis birthday celebrating 81 years. His wife brought a huge fresh cream cake and other special biscuits which everyone really enjoyed.

Pandelis celebrates his 81st Birthday at DCUK
Pandelis celebrates his 81st Birthday at DCUK

We also celebrated another belated birthday for Ruth who is 66 years old. All members sang Happy Birthday to both Pantelis and Ruth and of course celebrated with a firework candle.

Ruth celebrates her 66th birthday at Dementia Club UK
Ruth celebrates her 66th birthday at Dementia Club UK

The students were great as usual with the members interacting and helping during the session. The leaders introduced themselves informing members that they would be putting together a drama for tomorrow’s session at Hendon Town Hall and this would be based on what they have heard and learnt from members during today’s session.

NCS visit us again at the Finchley Memorial Hospital
NCS visit us again at the Finchley Memorial Hospital

The session then followed with Richard taking the chair yoga exercise with everyone and even the students joined in. The last part of the session we took out the games and the students were happy to play with members. Lisa then read a couple of jokes before everyone left and also gave members some new badges today.

Our thanks to our volunteers Eleanor, Melvyn, Dr Angela and we also had a new volunteer today Maureen.

Today we all had interesting conversations about 'scams'. One of the carers has recently had a phone call pretending they were from the inland revenue informing the member they were being investigated for fraud and needed information from him. Luckily our member had good sense and put the phone down.

This led to a conversation where members described similar situations, Lisa passed on further safety tips from the Safer Neighbourhood Police team who reported new scams about car key fobs and their weaknesses. Eleanor showed members her RFID blocking wallet/case that prevents data being stolen from credit cards. Lisa also gave further safety tips ready for the Christmas season holiday.

We had a visitor from Ashford Place in Brent, Gabby Horecka, a Dementia Cafe coordinator who wanted to see how we run the club as she has had instructions to open more clubs in Brent.

The session continued with yoga exercise with Richard, some quizzes, singing and games.

All members enjoyed this informative session.

Lisa took the session today with Eleanor. The session started with 2 challenges. The first challenge was all members to copy a picture of a house and a stick man in the middle. The challenge was to keep the pencil on the paper without lifting it when drawing the stick man. This was not easy for members but when Lisa showed them how it could be done they were very surprised and amused. The second challenge was to guess how many sweets in a big jar. The person who guessed the nearest figure was given a prize.

Today was also celebrating World Polio Day and Sasha made some purple cupcakes to commemorate Rotary who have nearly helped to eradicate polio worldwide. When children are immunized against poliomyelitis the little finger is dipped in purple ink. This colour has now been carried World-wide as a symbol of the battle to finally eradicate polio. Members got together for a group photo holding up a purple cupcake.

Members holding up purple cup cakes baked by Sasha to celebrate Rotary's fight against Polio
Members holding up purple cup cakes baked by Sasha to celebrate Rotary's fight against Polio

The Town Mayor, Eric also joined us in the photo. The session then followed with chair exercise with Sarah and then some singing and a music quiz led by Eleanor.

Our GP was unable to attend today as she had an emergency but we had a visit from an Admiral Nurse Hayley Cooper who introduced herself and informed members that she would be happy to speak to anyone who needed any help or advice.

Our thanks to our volunteers Sandra, Yvonne and Marijke for helping with the teas and washing up. Also thanks to Eleanor for taking the latter part of the session. 

We want to thank Ionian Clarinet Choir who are giving a concert in aid of Dementia Club UK. The concert will be at St Andrews Church, Chase Side, Southgate, N14 5PP.

There will be refreshments provided by the church in the interval.

Ionian Clarinet Choir at St Andrews Church, Southgate.
Ionian Clarinet Choir at St Andrews Church, Southgate.

Lisa was invited to speak at the Rotary London UK District 1130 conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon on Saturday 21st October 2017.

Lisa presenting at the Rotary London UK District 1130 conference
Lisa presenting at the Rotary London UK District 1130 conference

Lisa spoke about dementia and Dementia Club UK to 400 Rotarians who attended from different London clubs. There were other speakers during the weekend including the District Governor Mike Hodge who spoke before me so that he could introduce me as the next speaker.

Rotary District Governor Mike Hodge with Lisa
Rotary District Governor Mike Hodge with Lisa

In his speech he announced that his charity during his year was Dementia and wanted to encourage all Rotary clubs to consider setting up a dementia café especially as 2 Rotary clubs have already set up dementia cafes in partnership with Dementia Club UK.

Lisa and Valerie at the Dementia Club UK stand
Lisa and Valerie at the Dementia Club UK stand

Lisa was very pleased at the end of my speech she had a number of people who approached the DCUK Stand and wanted to know how to go about setting up a dementia café in partnership with Dementia Club UK.