Today’s session was so full. I was so pleased to have all my volunteers – Melvyn, Eleanor, Arzu, Dr Angela and her friend Melissa and of course my husband Mark.

Lisa welcomed everyone and informed them of the new dementia club starting on Monday 21st January at Borehamwood and also informed them about some exciting outings being organised.

Lisa started off with reading some jokes and as always this is well received and everyone laughs a lot. She then introduced 2 guest visitors – Juliana Martins who is Head Chef at Carlton Court care home in Barnet who was accompanied by Steven who is activities coordinator at the care home.

Steven and Juliana from Carlton Court Care Home with Lisa holding a box of home made cookies
Steven and Juliana from Carlton Court Care Home with Lisa holding a box of home made cookies

Juliana is well known for her excellent culinary skills as she used to work for Gordon Ramsay. The residents at Carlton Court care home are very fortunate to have Juliana. Juliana gave Lisa some home cooked cookies she made and a couple of cupcakes and presented them in 2 beautiful glitter boxes also personally made. The cookies were absolutely delicious and were shared with the volunteers.

It was then time for some singing and Lisa gave all the members the song sheets. Every one enjoyed choosing their favourite songs and Terry and Joan sang together a Frank Sinatra song called ‘You make me feel so young’. A Vera Lynn song called ‘We’ll meet again’ was also played and Laurie one of the members stood up and told everyone how he once met Vera Lynn.

The session then followed with some exercise to music. Whilst Lisa ensures that all parts of the body are being exercised, Lisa always makes sure it is also fun.

It was then time to start the Tovertafel and everyone is always keen to play. Kevin one of the carers was in charge of the games and everyone really enjoyed it. There was also time for a short quiz which is also good fun.

My thanks again to all my volunteers who worked so hard looking after all the members needs and everyone left very happy.