Sycamore Club

Background: Since 1978 the Sycamore Club has met Thursdays weekly as a joint community project of the churches of Amersham and Chesham Bois. Since 2018 the Club has come under the umbrella of COTHA (‘Churches in Amersham on the Hill’). The Club has always been and continues to be run by volunteers.

The key aims of the Club are:

1. to provide an enjoyable and stimulating day of activities and company to those aged 65 years+, with a diagnosis of dementia, who are living at home in the local area

2. to provide some respite on a regular basis to the families who care for these individuals

When does the Club operate? The Club operates on Thursdays weekly (with holiday breaks) from 10am to 3pm and is based at Amersham Free Church, Woodside Rd, Amersham HP6 6AJ. The premises used are on the ground floor with easy access from the church car park. Transport to and from the Club can be made available through the Club’s use of the Amersham Good Neighbours’ minibus.

Club membership: the maximum number of Club members is ten. Potential members will be aged 65 years and above who have a diagnosis of dementia and live locally (i.e. Amersham, Chesham Bois, Hyde Heath, Little Chalfont) and at home (i.e. not in a care home).

The day’s activities: activities at the Club are made as interesting as possible for members with a mix of regular ones such as singing, playing dominoes and quizzes together with sessions run by visiting entertainers/performers such as Chiltern Music Therapy. A two-course lunch is provided around noon with drinks and biscuits/cake in the morning and afternoon.

How does referral to the Club work? Referral to the Club follows a standard process involving the completion of a Club referral form by a Health/Adult Social Care Professional (such as from a GP Practice or Community Health Team). The next of kin/nominated responsible person will then be contacted by the Club and arrangements made for an informal initial visit to the Club by the prospective member and relative/nominated person when next steps will be discussed.

Vacancies & daily attendance cost: the availability of vacancies at the Club is inevitably dynamic and can change quickly. The Club is non-profit making and relies heavily on the Amersham on the Hill churches for financial support along with donations from generous supporters and grants (including from Buckinghamshire County Council). The daily charge is £10 per member (where transport on the local Good Neighbours’ minibus is used) and £9 where the member is brought/collected by family. These monies are used towards the costs of lunch and refreshments.

How to find out more information: if you would like more information about the Club since you feel that the person you care for could benefit from becoming a Club member please contact the Club Co-ordinator on Amersham Free Church telephone 01494 725339. Please leave a message with your name and contact details (please do not leave details regarding the person you are caring for) and we will get back to you.