COVID-19 pandemic

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Dementia Club UK have had to stop our regular club sessions. We are now running - Virtual Zoom sessions 4 times a week on Mondays, Tuesday (afternoon & evening) and Wednesdays:

  • An email the day before the session which has the Zoom ID number and Password for joining the session
  • Although the session officially starts at 3pm, people can join from 2.30pm so that members can meet and have a chat
  • Members have 30 minutes to chat and also prepare their refreshments and also make sure they have pen and paper for the quiz later and their Bingo numbers.
  • At 3pm everyone is muted. Lisa welcomes everyone and gives any updates/news and other information.
  • On Mondays 2.30pm – 4.30pm – there is music entertainment with Ian James followed by chair exercises to music with Eon Walters and then a general knowledge quiz with Lisa.
  • On Tuesdays 2.30pm – 4.30pm – it's ‘The Lisa and Mark Karaoke Show’ this is a sing-along session. This is then followed with exercise to music with Sian Kenrick and then a quiz with Lisa.
  • On Tuesday Evenings at 7pm – 8pm – we have a carers zoom session. Time for carers and families to talk, share advice and ask questions.
  • On Wednesdays 2.30pm -4.30pm– there is music entertainment with James le Bec followed by a music quiz and then we have chair Yoga exercises with Richard Kravetz followed with a 10 minutes fun General Knowledge quiz.
  • Before the end of each of the above sessions, I read a few short story jokes and then I call out the Bingo numbers. (Every new member that joins will receive 6 unique Bingo numbers to use at every session. When a member gets 3 wins they will receive a small gift. A new Bingo game will then start again.)

History of Dementia Club UK

Lisa who is a qualified fitness instructor was running the very successful Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Café monthly for about 2 years and as members increased she wanted to provide more sessions.

A fundraising event at Saracens Allianz Park in December 2014 resulted in the Chairman of Saracens wanting to support and provide funds for Lisa to be able to run weekly sessions. The Saracens Dementia Club was launched in April 2015 and weekly sessions started on 22nd April 2015.

Lisa has now created a registered charity called Dementia Club UK which continues to be sponsored by Saracens and sessions continue to run weekly at the Finchley Memorial Hospital and other venues have also been opened at different locations in the Borough of Barnet and Camden to help more people.

We run several dementia club sessions in various locations. Details of all the venues and session dates can be found on our programme. People with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are welcome to attend with their carers, friends and families and also welcome are those who have lost someone with dementia and are now lonely.

Each session aims to provide you with professional advice and information, gentle exercise to music and fun activities in a social atmosphere with cups of tea/coffee and lovely cakes.

Various speakers will attend the sessions and we also have 2 GPs who volunteer their time and attend most sessions. Our GPs take blood pressures and also answer any medical concerns.

Charity No: 1168397

Plaque outside room at Finchley Memorial Hospital where Dementia Club UK hold sessions
Plaque outside room 61/62 at Finchley Memorial Hospital where Dementia Club UK hold sessions

 

Our Mission Statement

Dementia Club UK goes above and beyond to provide help and support to those suffering with dementia and also their carers and families to put smiles on their faces and give them a better quality of life.

Our aim is to raise more awareness and stamp out the stigma associated with dementia. We will deliver professional advice and information, in a social environment where our members can relax and make friends and find a friendly ear when times are hard.

Most of all, we will provide Hope!

Our Trustees

 

Cllr. Lisa Rutter  

 

 Cllr. Lisa Rutter is a Councillor for Brunswick Park Ward in the London Borough of Barnet. She was the Mayor of the London Borough of Barnet from 2011/2012. In her Mayoral year one of her charities was the Alzheimer’s Society. With the money raised Lisa founded the first Alzheimer’s Society dementia café in the London Borough of Barnet which was launched in August 2013 at the Finchley Memorial Hospital.

Chairman and Founder of Dementia Club UK
Nick Rutter  

 

 Nick is an IT Analyst working within the technology industry. He is an amateur photographer and manages our social media and advertising materials.

Trustee
Dr. Angela Parker  

 

 Dr Parker qualified from University College and Hospital Medical School before specialising in General Practice and spending 34 years as a family doctor in North Finchley. She retired in 2015 and has been a volunteer with DCUK since 2016.

Trustee
Mark Rutter  

 

 Mark is a retired IT Consultant.

Trustee
Valerie Chodosh  

 

 I was born in the East End of London, I worked from 15 as a Secretary. I went on to become PA Secretary to MD in a top Fashion House where I also helped run their sales Showroom/Catwalk and then started off and ran a new, successful Fashion business. I then worked as a temporary PA/Secretary for top executives and Celebrities (including The Beatles) through an exclusive agency. I went on to own my own Antiques Shop for over 20 years. I have two married daughters and I am the proud grandmother of 15 year old twin grandsons and a 9 year old granddaughter.

Trustee
David Longstaff  

Cllr. David Longstaff was Mayor of Barnet from 2016 to 2017. He chose Dementia Club UK as one of his charities during his mayoral year. He succeeded in raising awareness about Dementia and the work Dementia Club UK does. We are pleased that he has agreed to be a trustee.

Trustee

 

Our Sponsor

 

        Proud to be sponsored by Saracens