We took 34 members on a trip to Southend today. We had a lovely email from one of our members as follows:

"What a perfect day to go to the seaside with the sun shining with Lisa and Dementia Club UK members. First stop was a hearty fish and chips meal and for some a vegetarian option which went down very well. Then it was off on a train ride on the worlds longest pier at 1.34 miles. As Sir John Betjeman said the pier is Southend and Southend is the pier. At least we can say we have been to sea. All in all a wonderful day and I can say we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with thanks to Lisa and Mark for making it a memorable day."

Our monthly Dementia Club UK session was held on the 1st July at Sha’arei Tsedek Synagogue in Whetstone and taken by Justine Khedoory

Our members were served tea, coffee, lovely biscuits and cake at the start of our session and were happy chatting to each other.

The very talented Jane then took an exercise session with our members which they all engaged in and enjoyed. It was Dottie, one of our fabulous volunteers birthdays at the weekend and she very kindly brought in yummy chocolates for all our members and volunteers. We all sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her!

The lovely Norma was also celebrating her birthday and she brought in a delicious chocolate birthday cake for everyone to eat! We put a huge sparkler in it & sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her!

This was followed by a great session of entertainment provided by the very talented James LeBec. James sang a variety of popular songs to which many of the members and helpers danced. He also did a music quiz and our members had to guess the name of the song! It was great fun & very competitive! The atmosphere was fantastic!

After James left, the members continued to chat and there was also table tennis, golf and darts for those that wanted to play! 22 members and carers attended the session with the assistance of five helpers from the synagogue who were:- Justine, Gilda, Stephen, Dot & Judy. Kind regards.

Lisa was invited as a special guest today to attend the care home’s fun open day.

It was lovely to see so many residents and their families at the Open Day. The sunny hot weather made it even more special. Lisa attended with Mark her husband and they were looked after by Fran the Manager and Kaye one of the management staff and offered some refreshments.

Everyone was having lovely time with music entertainment. The entertainer was dressed in a Pearly King outfit and played and sang some old songs.

Fran then introduced Lisa to say a few words. Lisa was informed that all the residents took part in painting a very big painting of The White Cliffs of Dover. In fact some residents still had paint on their hands. Lisa was also shown another painting that residents made previously from the film The Sound of Music.

Lisa congratulated the residents for their beautiful works of art. Lisa was then presented with a beautiful pot of flowers which was a lovely surprise.

Before leaving Lisa went to talk to some of the residents and families and just before leaving, care staff surprised Fran with a birthday cake. Fran celebrated her 70th birthday last year and had no idea Care staff were going to surprise her again this year. Fran was very overwhelmed by the surprise birthday.

Lisa would like to thank Fran the care home manager and Kaye for the invitation today. It was so lovely to see all the residents having so much fun and also wonderful to hear from the families what an outstanding care home it is and how lucky they are to have such an amazing care home manager and great care staff.

It was lovely to see quite a few new members which also included members from our other venues.

Sarah and the Rotarians made sure members were served their teas and cakes and Lisa distributed some word searches and a quiz for everyone to guess the names of some old well known brands. They found the quiz very interesting and some of the brands were not so easy to guess.

It was then time for chair Yoga exercise as Richard arrived. Everyone enjoyed the exercises as Richard always makes it fun.

Chair Yoga at Eversfield Centre with Richard
Chair Yoga at Eversfield Centre with Richard

The session then continued with Lisa doing some social activities which included playing some of the favourite songs like ‘She’ll be coming round the mountain’, The Birdy song’ and the ‘Hokey Cokey’ Members also sang some other favourites from the song book Lisa provided.

Lisa also got members to play catch with the 2 fluffy balls which everyone really enjoyed. It was a fun afternoon and everyone enjoyed their time.

Thank you to Sarah, Rotarian's President Desmond and his wife Bobsie, Jeanette, Jane and Ken and of course Mark my husband and Trustee who helped with the tables and chairs.

Summer is finally upon us and members of Dementia Club UK at today’s session in Hendon Town Hall felt the heat. Refreshments were ready to be served as members arrived needing to cool off.

Members and their carers preferred to have long and interesting conversations amongst each other rather than any other activities. This is one of the beauty and flexibility of the sessions at Dementia Club UK and session leaders being able to adapt to members wishes.

The session would not be complete without Eon our exercise guru putting us through our paces with soft exercises. However he decided today to increase the pace a little and got us all working a lot harder. We were out of breath at the end of the session but it was thoroughly enjoyable.

Our resident musician for Dementia Club UK - Dennis was also in attendance. Dennis performed different genre of music to delight members, carers and volunteers who danced and sang along with pleasure.

Special thanks goes out to volunteers from Rotary Club of Hendon Charlyn and Eugenia who are also session leaders, Stella a friend of the Club, Lisa and Mark Rutter and other family carers present.