Jewish Care has teamed up with Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) to launch Memory Matters, a new outreach club to support people experiencing memory loss who live in Northwood and Pinner and other surrounding areas. The club started in January and will run fortnightly offering local people in the community the opportunity to get together to enjoy a hot lunch and participate in a range of stimulating activities.
Angela Peters, Care Co-ordinator at NLPS explains how the new club came about. She says, “The Care Team at NPLS felt that some of our members might benefit from attending the Synagogue on a regular basis for a hot meal and companionship. We approached Graham Freeman, Jewish Care’s Dementia Locality and Centre Manager, and this evolved into a discussion which led to setting up Memory Matters at NPLS.”
Graham, who is based at Jewish Care’s Leonard Sainer Centre for People Living with Dementia in Edgware continues, “The club aims to reach out to people who live alone or with a loved one in the Pinner and Northwood area and is the ideal opportunity for participants to find a new hobby, revisit a favourite pastime and build friendships The aim is to enhance their health and well-being, combat loneliness and isolation and build confidence.”
Activities range from arts and crafts to current affairs discussions and from singing to light exercise and there is support at hand to make sure everyone can get involved.
Talking about Memory Matters, Rabbi Aaron Goldstein of Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue said, “We are developing a meaningful and much needed programme for the community in the local area”.
In addition to welcoming the local community to Memory Matters, Jewish Care is looking for volunteers to support the team, including car drivers and people with specific activity skills.
Memory Matters takes place on Thursdays, fortnightly, 11am – 2.30pm at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, cost: £12 (including lunch). Forthcoming dates on 26th Feb, 12th March, 26th March, 23rd April.