A very good attendance to today’s session. We had 34 clients including about 17 from the members of Friends in Need. Again, we registered four new persons who became members of the Dementia Club UK.

The session started as usual with members chatting and enjoying their teas, coffees, biscuits and cakes.

Lisa made the following announcements for future events: ·

  • Thursday 2nd of May at 2pm to 4pm – Launch of a new dementia club at Barnet Copthall
  • Thursday 16th of May – 7.15 for 8.00 – Understanding Dementia at St Andrew’s Parish Church in Totteridge
  • Monday 20th of May – Dementia Action Day at Brent Cross Centre from 9am to 8pm in the centre area. Main attractions from 2pm to 4pm.

Simon, our Rotary quiz master, then distributed his quiz, which consisted of 15 faces of famous people to be identified and 9 countries to identify their national flowers. The members found the questions to identify the faces a bit difficult, however, they all did very well with the identification of the national flowers.

After the quiz Richard, our yoga exercises teacher, did about 30 minutes of chair yoga exercises. All attendees joined in and had a very enjoyable time.

 

The yoga session was then followed with our entertainer James Le Bec who sang songs selected by the members. James then asked the members to identify various songs and when they guessed them correctly, they were asked to throw a large dice to get points. The members managed to identify all 10 songs and they got more points than the previous maximum from other Dementia Clubs.

The members enjoyed listening to James’s songs and joined in singing and dancing. James’s assistant Joy helped to get the members to join the dancing. Members Dancing to James’s songs

Thank you to our church volunteers for making teas and coffees, setting up the venue and making the necessary preparations for the session; Dorothy, Sue and Andrew.

Thank you also to our Rotarians from Barnet; Jim (President), John, Malcolm, Simon and Victor plus his wife Barbara. Many thanks to Doctor Angela Parker and to our new volunteer Annette.

Also thank you to Lisa the Chairman of Dementia Club UK, for her continuous support making the Dementia Club at St John’s Church so successful.

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

Lisa decided to arrange the tables differently so that we were using more of the space available. It worked very well and everyone liked the new arrangement.

Members enjoyed the first part of the session as usual, chatting and doing a word search whilst also enjoying their teas/coffees and cakes. Lisa welcomed everyone and gave some updates regarding upcoming events.

Joanna then arrived to do some chair Chi Gong exercises which everyone always find very relaxing. The session then followed with Ronnie’s music entertainment which everyone really enjoys with lots of dancing. As it was Pam’s birthday today (one of the carers) she brought in some chocolates to share which everyone appreciated and Ronnie also played the Happy Birthday tune and we all sang giving our best wishes.

It was an enjoyable session. Thank you to Mark one of the Trustees for helping to set up with the tables and chairs and also to some of the carers who also volunteer to help.

This was our first session today taking over from the Alzheimer’s Society. We had some new members and a few of our other dementia club members who attended.

Lisa started the session welcoming all the members which also included Toffee a therapy dog. She is a greyhound and very loveable. Members enjoyed having her there.

Lisa also welcomed a new volunteer Sarah who used to volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Society. It was lovely to see Theresa one of our Dementia Club UK volunteers who also attended.

Members tucked into their sandwiches and biscuits and enjoyed chatting whilst also colouring some pictures with crayons. Richard then arrived to do some chair yoga which everyone really enjoyed as Richard makes it fun.

The session then followed with some poetry reading with Lisa and members were happy to take turns to read a verse. The last part of the session was social activities with magnetic darts, skittles, table tennis and Putting golf which members also really enjoyed. It was a fun afternoon and everyone left with a smile.

A very successful first session. Thank you to our volunteers for their help and also Mark one of our Trustees who was also very supportive and helpful.

Today's session was written by Charlyn Duru (Rotary Club of Hendon Club Secretary)

Today’s session was super special as it was the official launch of The Rotary Club of Hendon Dementia Club in Association with Dementia Club UK. Members arriving were pleased to see sandwiches of all sorts, drinks and teas and coffees.

The number of attendees was phenomenal. The room was full to the point that there were no seats left for volunteers. The afternoon started with a welcome address from Lisa the Chairman and introducing guests.

This was followed by a speech by our special guest the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Caroline Stock who stood in for the Mayor Cllr.Reuben Thompstone who had sent his apologies. She then did the honour of cutting the beautifully presented launch cake with the support of Eugenia the Rotary President and Lisa. Everyone enjoyed the cake which was really delicious.

The afternoon continued with fun exercises from Eon our exercise guru who took us through our paces followed by live music performance from our resident musician James Bernard.

There was a lot of dancing and sing along by members, guests and volunteers. Helen one of the carers was presented with a birthday cake and everybody sang and wished her a happy birthday which she very much appreciated.

This session was also extra special because for the first time we had eight guests from Barnet African Caribbean Association who expressed interest to become members of Dementia Club UK.

Other guests included Rotarian Presidents from Rotary Club of Pall Mall - Sylvia Ponce, Rotary Club of Wembley - Julie Caesar, Rotary Club of Enfield Chase - Lovina Kalu and Mark Rose from Rotary Club of Northwick Park.

Sylvia Ponce presented and donated colouring books and pens on behalf of the Pall Mall Rotary Club.

The afternoon would not have been successful without the help of our committed volunteers Theresa, Annette, Melissa, Bob and carer Marina. Also thanks to volunteers from Rotary Club Hendon - with Session Leaders Charlyn and Eugenia of Hendon, Michelle, Ayo, Franca and Rita.

Also of course thank you to Lisa our Chairman for organising the event and Mark one of the Trustees for helping throughout the session. One member described the session as one of the best she has ever attended.

This was an arts and crafts session today and lovely to see so many artistic talents.

Lisa welcomed everyone and explained the Greek Cypriot traditions with the eggs. Lisa boiled lots of white hard boiled eggs the night before and brought them in for members to paint.

She also explained how they can knock the eggs and play a challenging game. The egg that doesn’t get smashed is the winner.

Lizzy our volunteer also mentioned that in Northern Ireland they also have a similar tradition but eggs are rolled down a hill instead, the eggs not broken are put in a fairy circle to grow mushrooms. Everyone was very busy in this session concentrating on their art work.

We also did some singing with song sheets and Ernie one of the carers read out some funny short stories.

The last part of the session then followed with Tovertafel which everyone enjoys. Thank you to our volunteer Lizzy today who was very helpful throughout and Mark our Trustee and carers who always step in to help.