Memory Lane Club
Free weekly drop in centre supporting people living with dementia and their carers.
Memory Lane Club is a friendly lively social drop-in for local residents with memory loss/dementia and their carers. It is held Wednesday morning, weekly, throughout the year for chat, music, bingo, snooker, refreshments, as well as other various other games and activities held in an informal and welcoming atmosphere. Our aim is to offset some of the loneliness and isolation experienced by carers of those living with dementia through social interaction, fun and mutual support. For those with dementia there are various activities providing stimulus, engagement and entertainment. Entry and all activities are completely free, making the Club accessible to all people living with dementia and their carers .
The Club was opened in March 2015 to address the lack of any practical support in the Wimbledon/Raynes Park area for those with dementia and their carers. Its sole purpose is to provide relaxed social interaction and engagement aiming for a fun environment in which the carer can meet other carers and relax while the person with dementia has the opportunity to join in a range of dementia-friendly activities.
The Club is run entirely by volunteers and relies on donations to fund its activities. A team of 22 volunteers work on a rota basis; all have received Disclosure & Barring Service clearance. Referrals come from local GPs, Carers Support Merton and via word of mouth. The Club has grown in popularity and success during the last two years with attendance each week averaging between 24 - 30 people with dementia plus carers.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
On a weekly basis, the Club funds provide refreshments for members and their carers and small prizes for the games played. Each week a special activity is planned i.e T’ai Chi and Zumba classes to help with fitness and balance, Visits from musicians and singing is very popular. We hold craft sessions, making bird feeders, Christmas, Easter and Valentine cards. Flower arranging is enjoyed by the whole group.
In addition, the Club has two parties each year, a summer tea party, with sandwiches, cakes and music, and a Christmas party with party food, presents and a pantomime. The guests all receive formal invitations to both events. While our wonderful volunteers provide many of the refreshments, the rest comes from Club funds.
Funding from Grassroots Giving would enable the Club to continue with these events, to the benefit of our current members and those new members who join us nearly every week. Sadly, more and more people are diagnosed with dementia and life for their carers is often tough and extremely lonely, so we hope that Memory Lane Club can offer them a small respite each week for many years to come.
"“Funding from Grassroots Giving would help to assure the continuation of Memory Lane Club into the future, enabling us to embrace new ideas for activities without the usual worries about costs and enabling our members to continue to look forward to their Wednesday mornings with us”. Charlotte Bennett, Treasurer"