Dementia Awareness Day at Brent Cross Shopping Centre

Matthew Offord MP cutting ribbon to officially launch Dementia Club UK

Matthew Offord MP cutting ribbon to officially launch Dementia Club UK

Anthony and Harley the therapy dog at Dementia Awareness Day at Brent Cross

Anthony and Harley the therapy dog at Dementia Awareness Day at Brent Cross

Dementia Club UK volunteers at Brent Cross during Dementia Awareness Week.

The Dementia Club UK volunteers at Brent Cross during Dementia Awareness Week.

Nigel Wray Saracens Chairman, Cllr Lisa Rutter & Matthew Offord MP at the launch of Dementia Club UK

Nigel Wray Saracens Chairman, Cllr Lisa Rutter & Matthew Offord MP at the launch of Dementia Club UK

Dementia Club UK volunteers just before Brent Cross opened

Dementia Club UK volunteers & kneeling Dr Angela Parker our Dementia Club UK doctor

Gordon Banks and Matthew Offord MP meeting members of Dementia Club UK

Gordon Banks and Matthew Offord MP meeting members of Dementia Club UK

Matthew Offord MP, Lisa Rutter chairman of Dementia Club UK and David Longstaff Mayor of Barnet

Matthew Offord MP, Cllr Lisa Rutter chairman of Dementia Club UK and Cllr David Longstaff Mayor of Barnet

Matthew Offord MP, Lisa Rutter chairman of Dementia Club UK, David Longstaff Mayor of Barnet & Peter Cragg Dementia Club UK Trustee

Matthew Offord MP, Cllr Lisa Rutter chairman of Dementia Club UK, Cllr David Longstaff Mayor of Barnet & Peter Cragg Dementia Club UK Trustee

I am very pleased to report that the Dementia Awareness Day on the 19th May at Brent Cross was a real success. All of our volunteers attended to help with the day. A lot of people approached us to ask questions, to talk about problems they were experiencing and wanted advice and information. People are now seeing more items in the media about dementia such as the recent Horizon documentary about dementia and Angela Rippon on BBC.

Matthew Offord MP officially launched Dementia Club UK ‘DC UK’ by cutting the ribbon and was happy to talk to the volunteers and meet some of the dementia sufferers. We also had Nigel Wray Chairman of Saracens. We are very proud to be associated with such a successful rugby club who cares and does so much for the community.

Cllr David Longstaff who by the time you read this will be the new Mayor of Barnet, he has very generously chosen Dementia Club UK as one of his charities he will be supporting during his Mayoral year. We will be helping him to achieve this and help him raise money

Following the ribbon cutting, a flash mob congregated who were actually the Zemel Choir. A lot of people gathered to hear the Choir which was conducted by the musical Director Dr Benjamin Wolf. The choir sang beautifully and the acoustics were amazing in the centre point at Brent Cross.

Dementia Club UK is a transition from Saracens Dementia Club which is still sponsored by Saracens. Dementia Club UK is a charity formed in January 2016 and is currently running 4 dementia cafes and will soon be launching the 5th dementia café at Hendon Town Hall on Thursday 28th July.

The pictures shows some of our volunteers, our Dementia Club UK doctor – Dr Angela Parker and also Harley the ‘DC UK’ therapy dog. Harley has been great at the dementia cafés. Dementia sufferers find him very soothing. He is loved by all the members and is happy to receive lots of attention.

Although Dementia is unfortunately growing and there is still no cure, Dementia Club UK will continue to help as many dementia sufferers and their carers and families to continue and enjoy life as much as possible.