Another successful Virtual session today with 36 participants and their families totalling over 70 people.

Thank you to everyone with their lovely feedback messages. We have added 2 feedback messages from members below. Lisa welcomed everyone – Members, Volunteers, Friends and Trustees and introduced 2 special guests – Medhi from Tovertafel who members know very well and also a new guest Ian Smith who was visiting as he saw our BBC1 film in February and was interested to visit us. Thank you both for attending and you are both very welcome any time.

Lisa in her new virtual studio
Lisa in her new virtual studio

As this week is also Carers Week, Lisa asked everyone to give themselves a big hug. Lisa also mentioned that today is Prince Philip’s birthday and is 99 years old. All the members at Dementia Club UK and Trustees would like to wish Prince Philip a very Happy Birthday and look forward to his 100th Birthday next year with health and happiness.

Today’s session as seen in Lisa’s Virtual background was at The Finchley Memorial Hospital. Our entertainment with James le Bec as usual was excellent and members enjoy the music quiz challenge. This was followed with Richard Kravetz chair Yoga session and got all the members following all the moves. Richard also followed with a 10 minute – 10 questions General Knowledge quiz which had a ‘Numbers’ theme. The winner who got 9 out of 10 was Pamela. Well done Pamela.

It was Pamela’s lucky day today as her numbers also won in the Bingo with another member Maria De Vito with her daughter Gianna. Well done both of you.

Lisa ended the session reading a few jokes as usual and some words of advice to stay safe and well and wear masks and gloves when going out to shops.

Our next Virtual dementia club session is on Monday 15th and Lisa’s Virtual background will be at The Finchley Cricket Club. We are hoping that Julian Powe the Chairman will also be attending.

Thank you to my IT support engineer Mark for making sure the session is run smoothly with no technical issues.

Dear Lisa,

I just wanted to tell you how brilliant that Zoom Dementia club was. So much fun, variety and stimulation for my parents and all the other people in a kind, supportive setting.  I am very grateful to all involved for providing this wonderful service. Sometimes,  as a carer - albeit not a full-time one in my case- it’s easy to feel very isolated, as if everything is on your shoulders, especially during lockdown, so it was lovely to spend sometime with my parents just having fun.

Many thanks,

R_____ M_______

"Dear Lisa

Thank you for another enjoyable session this afternoon. We really look forward to seeing everyone and joining in with James and Richard. So sorry I didn’t know how to unmute myself after the bingo I did try pressing the red mute icon but it didn’t seem to work. So pleased you have organised another session for Monday and look forward to joining you then.

Much love P_____ and J___"

Due to the success of our new virtual Dementia club sessions we have had lots queries from prospective new members on how to join the sessions. We have written a Zoom guide to help people.

Zoom Guidelines
Zoom Guidelines

Click on the image on the left to view our shared download folder. Click on the "guidelinesForZoom.pdf" to download


Our second session today and our virtual background was set at Finchley Memorial Hospital to give our members a sense of familiarity. Lisa made sure the tables were set up with the plates of biscuits Another tremendous virtual session.

Lisa with green screen playing virtual Bingo
Lisa with green screen playing virtual Bingo

Lisa welcomed members, volunteers and Trustees and gave a few updates. Lisa mentioned the new updated website and social media and donations page updates. She also informed members about the recent disappointing response from BBC refusing to allow our charity to show our film which was featured on InsideOut London on the 10th February this year.

Lisa then thanked all the volunteers as this week is Volunteers week. She also announced Joan’s birthday which was today and everyone sang and wished Joan a Happy Birthday.

It was now time for James Le Bec to perform and as usual James soon got everyone’s attention singing and swinging. James’s music quiz at the end is always a big hit especially as there are points to score. James was happy to report that we scored 20 points today and the highest so far.

James Le Bec viewed from one of our members iPad
James Le Bec viewed from one of our members iPad

Thank you James for a wonderful performance. Lisa then introduced Richard Kravetz and as usual Richard got everyone exercising every part of the body. His style and techniques of teaching makes exercising fun. Thank you Richard.

Richard Kravetz taking us through a chair yoga routine
Richard Kravetz taking us through a chair yoga routine

Lisa then read out a few jokes as “laughter is the best medicine” It was then time for the Bingo. Lisa called out the numbers and soon one of the members called out "Bingo". Well done Jo, Grazia and Enzo.

Thank you to Mark my technical assistant next to me and also Nick for his background technical support which is invaluable.

On the 10th February 2020 we were delighted that our charity Dementia Club UK was featured on the BBC1 Inside Out London Programme.

People that missed the film have been asking us where they can view the film as it is not on the iPlayer any more. 

Unfortunately we have been told by the BBC that they will not allow us to show the film despite much correspondence. In their words they said; “We have checked this with the appropriate areas and have been advised that this material should not be licensed for use on your charity’s website due to the sensitive nature of the material, and the fact that such use might imply BBC endorsement of the charity”

The whole purpose of the film was to raise awareness of dementia and help as many people as possible. This is very disappointing and a real shame especially as dementia is now the biggest health concern and is increasing at an alarming rate.

We had a tremendous response to our first virtual Dementia Club session today with 37 participants with their families which equated to about 70 people engaged in the session.

Lisa did her usual welcome which initiated a lot of waving and everybody chatting and trying to talk at the same time. It was lovely to see so many familiar and new faces after such a long lock down. It was very overwhelming for everybody.

Lisa running the first virtual session from her office
Lisa running the first virtual session from her office

Lisa then introduced our musical entertainer, James Le Bec who was pleased to see everyone. He did a number of favourite sing-a-longs and although everyone was muted during his performance you could see everyone was singing and waving their arms.

James then did his usual music quiz which everyone enjoyed. Everyone was un-muted for this part of the session which produced a lot of excitement from members shouting out answers.

Lisa then introduced Richard Kravetz who gave fun yoga chair exercises. It was hard work for some members due to the lack or exercise during lock down but there were still lots of smiles and laughter. Everyone thanked James and Richard for their fantastic performances.

To finish off Lisa read a couple of jokes as Lisa has always said to members "laughter is the best medicine" and finally got everyone to sing their favourite song - "She'll be be coming round the mountain", then wishing everyone a safe journey "home".

Due to the success of this session we will be running this every Wednesday at 3pm. We will consider more sessions if there is a demand.