Dementia Club UK is working towards a new partnership with Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood. Today was the first session which saw 10 new members.

Fairway Hall Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council
Fairway Hall Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council
Inside Fairway Hall
Inside Fairway Hall

We also had some visitors, Cllr Eric Silver Deputy Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, Nick Male President of Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood, Jane Andrews and John Day from Home Instead in Welwyn Garden City, Sarah Donnelly exercise instructor, Pam Cousins from Hertsmere Borough Council, Hollie Rauber and Alice Billin from Hertswise (Independent living service) & Kira Booth from Quantum Care.

Cllr Eric Silver Deputy Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, Lisa Rutter and Nick Male President of Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood
Cllr Eric Silver Deputy Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, Lisa Rutter and Nick Male President of Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood

This session was organised by Cllr Pat Strack, Cllr Sandra Parnell, Sasha Capocci & Huw Jones, Town Clerk. The session started with Tea/Coffee and fresh home made cakes made by Sasha. Pat welcomed and introduced everybody, Lisa talked about Dementia Club UK - DCUK. Sarah then did some chair exercises which everyone enjoyed.

Fresh home made cakes made by Sasha
Fresh home made cakes made by Sasha

This was followed by a short quiz based upon Radio Times covers, after this we did singing without music led by Nick who had a very good voice. This got a few members up to dance and one member did her own rendition of "Big Spender".

A few members having a dance
A few members having a dance
Nick leading the session with Cllr. Sandra Parnell, Sasha the exercise instructor & Cllr Pat Strack holding hands with the members
Nick leading the session with Cllr. Sandra Parnell, Sasha the exercise instructor & Cllr Pat Strack holding hands with the members

This was a successful first session.

Haven Bistro & Bar in Whetstone sponsored Dinner for Dementia Club UK
Haven Bistro & Bar in Whetstone sponsored Dinner for Dementia Club UK

We were delighted that Julius the owner of the The Haven Bistro & Bar in Whetstone sponsored a dinner with entertainment for guests of Dementia Club UK. We were entertained by singer James Bernard who sang Frank Sinatra ballads.

We would like to thank all the guests including the Deputy Mayor of Barnet Cllr Sury Kkatri and his wife Tara who attended. We would especially like to thank Julius and his staff for making this a successful evening which was enjoyed by all.

All proceeds of the dinner and raffle went to the Dementia Club UK charity.

We had 6 new members today as a result of the Dementia Awareness day (the previous day at Brent Cross Shopping Centre). Lisa brought the bag of 'goodies' from Boots at Brent Cross and arranged them on a table. There were a selection of cloth shopping bags, men's wash bags, ladies hand bags and lots of sample perfume testers. Members were very excited and pleased to receive them.

Elenor's music quiz
Elenor's music quiz

Eleanor Fretten did a music quiz with members - name the song, the artist and in some cases which musical it was from. All the members really enjoyed this and this will be repeated again soon. Lisa then continued with singing favourite songs which everyone sang along to, she finished the session with some jokes.

We held a Dementia Awareness Day for the third year at Brent Cross Shopping Centre during national Dementia Awareness Week. We were pleased to share our tables with Polly Frayne and Alison Hibbard from Alzheimer’s Society and Mark Robinson from Age UK. We thank them for their support.

Some of our volunteers and carers attended to help with the day including our new partners, the Rotary Club of Golders Green. The Mayor of Barnet and charity patron Theresa Villiers also attended.

Dementia Awareness Day at Brent Cross 2017
Dementia Awareness Day at Brent Cross Shopping Centre 2017

We were nicely surprised to receive a "bag of goodies" from Uday Mistry the Deputy Manager & Ahmed Pre-registration Pharmacist of Boots who support Dementia as part of their charities. They asked us to distribute the 'goodies' to members and carers at one of our sessions.

Our thanks to Tom Nathan General Manager of Brent Cross Shopping Centre for allowing us to host Dementia Awareness Day
Our thanks to Tom Nathan General Manager of Brent Cross Shopping Centre for allowing us to host Dementia Awareness Day
Volunteers and partners at the Rotary Club of Golders Green, President Martin Schramm, Founder and Chairman of Dementia Club UK Lisa Rutter, Valerie Chodosh & Geoff in the background
Our new partners the Rotary Club of Golders Green, President Martin Schramm, Founder and Chairman of Dementia Club UK Cllr. Lisa Rutter, Past President Valerie Chodosh & Jeff Borsack in the background.
Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff helping to collect donations
Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff helping to collect donations
Lisa with volunteers Pam, Justine, Gilda and Angela
Lisa with volunteers Pam, Justine, Gilda and Dr. Angela
Our star collector Risson with 3 members of the Zemel Choir
Our star collector Risson with 3 members of the Zemel Choir

Charity founder Cllr. Lisa Rutter said: “A lot of people approached us for advice and information and some people mentioned how they have been struggling looking after someone with dementia and were relieved to know that help is available."

“Dementia is now the biggest killer and whilst there is no cure, Dementia Club UK will continue to provide respite for dementia sufferers and their carers and to give them hope.”

Musicians aiding the cause included the Ionian Clarinet Quartet, part of the Ionian Clarinet Choir, they performed throughout the afternoon. We also had the the Zemel Choir, a mixed voice Jewish choir who sang twice a number of stirring songs.

The charity runs dementia cafes at five different venues across the borough and aims to expand to help more people.

Ionian Clarinet Quartet, Adele, Rita, Sue and Craig
Ionian Clarinet Quartet, Adele, Rita, Sue and Craig
Zemel Choir, UK's Leading Mixed Voice Jewish Choir
Zemel Choir, UK's Leading Mixed Voice Jewish Choir

The Times Series of newspapers has written an article about the day, click on the link below:

http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/15290896.Dementia_awareness_campaign_comes_to_Brent_Cross/

Dick reciting some stories about when he was a Registrar
Dick reciting some stories about when he was a Registrar

We had a talk today by Dick Selby a Rotarian from The Rotary Club of Golders Green. He told some real life funny stories about a few of the marriages he performed when he was a registrar. There were some interesting questions from members and the of the stories you would not believe if you read in a newspaper. Members really enjoyed listening to the stories and had a good laugh.

We also had a visitor from Rotary London Hampstead, Utz Reiff who wanted to see the session as he was interested in getting his Rotary to do similar as The Rotary Club of Golders Green.

A big thanks to Dick for sharing his stories.