Kennington Memory Club opened in September 2018 to meet the need for a local Dementia Day Care Centre for people living in the area which includes Kennington and Abingdon, the Hinkseys, Botley, Cumnor, Wootton, Marsham, Radley, and surrounding villages.
With qualified and experienced staff and a team of dedicated volunteers, we aim to provide a safe and supportive meeting place for people with dementia. Our members have the opportunity to exchange memories and opinions, take part in a choice of stimulating activities, as well as enjoying the fellowship of shared meals. We give their families respite and the offer of support, advice and comradeship.
Our activities include gentle exercises, reminiscence, musical bingo, card games and lots of memory games. There is plenty of opportunity for conversation with other members, staff and volunteers, and music and singing are popular. A hot lunch is available for members at modest extra cost. If they want to, carers can go to the carers’ support groups that take place every two months.
The club has had a very successful first year. As one of our volunteers wrote in our newsletter, “The members certainly enjoy themselves and there can be lots of laughter. They go home relaxed and cheerful and the carers can seem positively reinvigorated by their few hours of respite”.
The club meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 9.30 to 3.30 in Kennington Methodist Church, Upper Road, Kennington, Oxford, OX1 5LR.
Members must have a diagnosis of dementia, and we welcome enquiries by them or by carers on their behalf.
For enquiries about vacancies, membership and cost, please phone our Organiser Helen on 07852883496
Or visit our website at www.kenningtonmemoryclub.org.uk.
If you think you might like to become a volunteer at the club, please phone Helen. We can provide safeguarding and dementia awareness training and arrange for volunteers to have DBS checks.