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 twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, this is what we do;
- An email is sent to you on the day of the Zoom session at about 2pm with the Zoom ID number and Password for you to join the session
- Although the session officially starts at 3pm everyone can join from 2.30pm so that they can meet other members to say hello and have a chat
- Everyone has 30 minutes to chat and get prepared with their cup of tea/coffee, biscuits/cakes or other refreshments
- You will also need to prepare with pen and paper for the quiz later and make sure you have your Bingo numbers ready. (Every new member is given 6 unique Bingo numbers when they join. You must keep these numbers for every session.)
- At 3pm everyone is Muted and the sessions starts with a welcome by Lisa with any updates/news and other information
- Our music entertainment will then start for 30 minutes followed by 30 minutes of chair exercises and then a quiz
- On Mondays it’s music entertainment with Ian James followed by Eon Walters with chair exercises
- On Wednesdays we have James Le Bec singing followed by a music Quiz and then we have Richard Kravetz with the chair Yoga exercises. Richard also follows with a 10 minute quiz.
- Before the session ends the Lisa reads a couple of short story jokes and then calls out the Bingo numbers.
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
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!
|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 is an IT Analyst working within the technology industry. He is an amateur photographer and manages our social media and advertising materials.
|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.
Mark is a retired IT Consultant.
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.
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.
|Proud to be sponsored by Saracens|