Members at the Finchley Memorial Hospital on Wednesday 1st February enjoyed listening to music favourites played by Egon the guitarist.

Members enjoyed listening to music favourites played by Egon the guitarist
Members enjoyed listening to music favourites played by Egon the guitarist
Joseph celebrates his birthday
Joseph celebrates his birthday

Members were delighted to meet the volunteers today from Barnet Council including the Chief Executive Mr John Hooton who were very helpful and joined in all the activities. Lisa the Chairman extends her thanks to all the volunteers.

Council Officers from the London Borough of Barnet volunteering at Dementia Club UK
Council Officers from the London Borough of Barnet volunteering at Dementia Club UK

Members enjoyed 2 quizzes today. One was about the 1960's which Lisa introduced and the other one was to name some famous faces which was introduced by Kevin one of the Dementia Club UK volunteers.

Lisa then showed members how to make flowers out of pink coloured tissue paper which all members enjoyed doing including our Barnet Council volunteers.

Members and volunteers making paper flowers
Members and volunteers making paper flowers

The session then followed with exercise to music which also involved some challenging dance steps and then activities, golf putting, ball catching and a new game of table tennis which was really enjoyed.

 

Everyone had a great afternoon and members also thanked our Barnet Council volunteers for all their help.

  • Mr John Hooton - Chief Executive of London Borough of Barnet Council
  • Mr Stephen Evans - Chief Operating Officer
  • Mrs Sara Elias-Bassett - Community Engagement Participation & Strategy Lead
  • Ms Lesley Holland - Equalities Policy Officer
  • Ms Sophie Leedham - Strategy Officer Community
  • Mr Danny Slater - Strategy Officer Community
  • Ms Hannah Chillingworth - Strategy Officer
  • Mr Jason Latouche - Data Analysis

We had a nice e-mail from Danny Slater who went on to say:

“Eight employees from Barnet Council, including the Chief Executive John Hooton and Interim Chief Operating Officer Stephen Evans, spent an afternoon helping out at the Dementia Club UK session on Thursday 26th January, as part of the Business Responsibility programme that allows officers two days of volunteering each year. We took part in two great 60s-themed quizzes – although I’m not sure how helpful we were to the members in getting any answers right! We also enjoyed making tissue paper flowers, doing a group dance and work-out, and a spot of table tennis and golf, all in the surroundings of Hendon Town Hall. Thanks to Councillor Rutter for inviting us along, and to everyone else for making us feel welcome.”

Some members of Dementia Club UK had an opportunity to visit Number 10 Downing Street
Some members of Dementia Club UK had an opportunity to visit Number 10 Downing Street

This session was run by Annette Edozian who has been a loyal long standing volunteer right from the start and newly installed and gifted Trustee Tija Hubej. It was a full house. Members enjoyed this session immensely. After the usual tea and cakes, Annette started off by having an in-depth and thought provoking discussion about two very important pieces of technology in our lives, Telephones and Cameras. This was stimulating and kept everyone interested.

Annette Edozian and Tija Hubej led the session at Finchley Memorial Hospital
Annette Edozian and Tija Hubej led the session at Finchley Memorial Hospital

Then in the second half, Tija led the group in a lively dance and movement session. She started by reading three pieces of text that each contained information about a previous decade. The members then had to figure out which decade she was referring to and Tija played dance music from that decade. It was fun and got everyone warmed up. We were most fortunate to also have Dr. Angela, Nurse Karen, volunteer Melvyn, and of course Therapy Dog Harley to help make the afternoon a success.

Members had a great time singing and dancing with James Le Bec and his music entertainment at Sha'arei Tsedek
Members had a great time singing and dancing with James Le Bec and his music entertainment at Sha'arei Tsedek