This section in the website has some history about how Dementia Club UK was formed, followed by a list of our trustees and finally a link to our sponsor at the end of this page.

 

History of Dementia Club UK

Lisa who is a qualified fitness instructor was running the very successful Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Café monthly for about 2 years and as members increased she wanted to provide more sessions.

A fundraising event at Saracens Allianz Park in December 2014 resulted in the Chairman of Saracens wanting to support and provide funds for Lisa to be able to run weekly sessions. The Saracens Dementia Club was launched in April 2015 and weekly sessions started on 22nd April 2015.

Lisa has now created a registered charity called Dementia Club UK which continues to be sponsored by Saracens and sessions continue to run weekly at the Finchley Memorial Hospital and other venues have also been opened at different locations in the Borough of Barnet to help more people.

We run Dementia Club sessions at 7 venues in the Borough of Barnet. People suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are welcome to attend with their carers, friends and families and also welcome are those who have lost someone with dementia and are now lonely.

Each session aims to provide you with professional advice and information, gentle exercise to music and fun activities in a social atmosphere with cups of tea/coffee and lovely cakes. Various speakers will attend the sessions and also two GP's and nurse volunteer their time and are available to answer any medical concerns.

Charity No: 1168397

Plaque outside room at Finchley Memorial Hospital where Dementia Club UK hold sessions
Plaque outside room 61/62 at Finchley Memorial Hospital where Dementia Club UK hold sessions

 

 

Our Trustees

 

Cllr. Lisa Rutter  

 

 Cllr. Lisa Rutter is a Councillor for Brunswick Park Ward in the London Borough of Barnet. She was the Mayor of the London Borough of Barnet from 2011/2012. In her Mayoral year one of her charities was the Alzheimer’s Society. With the money raised Lisa founded the first Alzheimer’s Society dementia café in the London Borough of Barnet which was launched in August 2013 at the Finchley Memorial Hospital.

Chairman and Founder of Dementia Club UK
Peter Cragg  

 

 Peter spent thirty years in Education administration around the country. Since his retirement he has chaired various voluntary organisations; Barnet Age Concern, Friern Barnet Voluntary Care for the Elderly, Victim Support and currently is Chairman of Barnet Seniors' Association.

Trustee
Nick Rutter  

 

 Nick is a Business Analyst working within the mortgage industry. He is an amateur photographer and manages our social media and advertising materials

Trustee
Dr. Angela Parker  

 

 Dr Parker qualified from University College and Hospital Medical School before specialising in General Practice and spending 34 years as a family doctor in North Finchley. She retired in 2015 and has been a volunteer with DCUK since 2016.

Trustee
Mark Rutter  

 

 Mark is an IT Consultant and has worked on a number of high profile contracts.

Trustee
Valerie Chodosh  

 

 I was born in the East End of London, I worked from 15 as a Secretary. I went on to become PA Secretary to MD in a top Fashion House where I also helped run their sales Showroom/Catwalk and then started off and ran a new, successful Fashion business. I then worked as a temporary PA/Secretary for top executives and Celebrities (including The Beatles) through an exclusive agency. I went on to own my own Antiques Shop for over 20 years. I have two married daughters and I am the proud grandmother of 15 year old twin grandsons and a 9 year old granddaughter.

Trustee

 

Our Sponsor

 

        Proud to be sponsored by Saracens