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Welcome to Haringey Over 50s Forum

February 2021 Hope you are surviving well in this more than usually dismal winter and that most people over 75 will by now have had their first dose of COVID vaccine.

In this edition:-

* Next meeting

* Latest COVID and vaccination news

* Survey about GPs going into online or phone consultations

* Help with tablets, mobile phones and computers

* Fun stuff – new exercise programmes, theatre online, arts and cooking

* Park survey

* Paying your sub

Next Forum meeting 22 February

Stand by for our next meeting on Zoom – Monday 22 February at 2pm. We’ll send out the agenda a few days beforehand to those who have joined in before. The Zoom link is:-

Meeting ID for Feb 22: 931 7688 9160 Passcode: 306758

One tap mobile: +442034815240,,93176889160#,,,,*306758#

Or dial 0203 481 5240.

For any help needed with accessing the meeting from a phone please call Paulina on 0203 196 1900

COVID update – Vaccinations

Most people over 75, and certainly those over 80, should have had their first vaccine dose by now. Quite a few under 75s have been offered one already too. If you’ve missed out, contact your GP to check if some communication went wrong. Or there is now online vaccine booking available (Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (

We’ve heard of people missing out because they didn’t open a letter. If you have a mobile phone that your GP knows about, you’ll probably get an invitation by text. Be sure any text about vaccination really is from ‘NHS-no reply’ and refers you to the NHS web site for more information. It will say ‘click to book online here’ and/or give you a landline to phone. If it’s from another address or number, and especially if it asks you for money or to send personal details, be aware it’s probably a scam! There are sadly lots of scams going round.

If you need help getting to the place to have your vaccination, the Council may be able to arrange you a lift. When booking your appointment over the phone, ask for any support you need with travel arrangements to get to the appointment. This may mean support booking a taxi or being linked in with a volunteer driver, if needed. If you book online, call your GP surgery afterwards to discuss a lift if you need it. If stuck, call Reach and Connect on 020 3196 1905.

Survey about GP consultations and booking systems going online

Healthwatch asked us to tell you about the survey they are doing to explore the impact on patients of the changes to GP services brought about by Covid and lockdown. They want to examine patient experiences of:

– contacting their GP and booking an appointment, and

– the move from face-to-face GP consultations, to phone or video consultations.

The project is focusing on 3 groups:-

1) People aged 65 or over

2) People with disabilities

3) People with language barriers, whose first language is not English.

They are looking for patients in any of these three categories who do not have smartphones or access to the internet at home. They must be patients who have tried to contact their GP and book an appointment at some time since April 2020. They would want to speak to them for about 30 minutes.

The conversations would be completely confidential. They will not name people or practices in their report. They simply want to capture people’s experiences and get some honest feedback on how they have found GP services in recent months. They are not going to ask about personal or medical issues – they are only going to ask questions about how they found contacting their GP, booking an appointment, and how they found the phone/video consultation.

The purpose of the interviews, and of this work, is to improve GP services for patients in the future. So, as lockdown continues, they want to ensure patients are able to contact their GP, book an appointment, and have a consultation that works for them.

Tablets, mobile phones and computers

Don’t forget we still have some Huawei Android tablets for sale at £30 (large size) and £10 (small size). Text Anne on 07915 477009 for details.

Online access is becoming ever more important as lockdown continues. We understand Healthwatch are assisting people to get online if they really need it to be in touch with the NHS – for a particular hospital appointment for example. You need to be referred for this scheme by a GP or a hospital. If accepted, they can send you a volunteer to help you get set up, or lend you a tablet for a while. For more information, if you can get online at all to read it, try

Or contact Reach and Connect on 020 3196 1905 and ask to be put in touch with the Healthwatch digital team.

Anyone can also get help on the phone from Coffee and Computers – phone the Public Voice office at 020 3196 1900. If you can get online at all but have some particular problems, they have trouble shooting workshops on Thursday mornings at 10.30. This is a regular weekly get-together for help with your specific tech issues, any burning questions you have, or just a general chit-chat with other C&C members. The Zoom meeting ID is 857 3856 6709; passcode: 694503. See

for helpful guides too.

Exercise, bingo and art online

Tuesday 2:30-3:30pm Telephone Bingo (9 Feb – 23 March)

Dial in for a game of bingo and a chat! Call/email Naomi on the

details below to register and we will post a set of bingo tickets to you

Thursday 1:15-3:00pm Reggaetivity on Zoom (21 Jan – 25 March)

1:15-1:45 Chair Based Yoga

1:50-2:30 Dance Fitness

Stay around until 3pm for a chat!

Join Zoom Meeting: pwd=M0NZRkllQ2lvOUNOQXB4c1piajVyZz09

Meeting ID: 836 0889 5940

Passcode: Jahla

Friday 10:30am-12:00pm, Chat and Make

(5th Feb – 26th March)

Join Pauline and Christina on Zoom to make some simple yet creative works of art using items from around your home. Sessions are for all abilities, easy to follow and a time to have a chat and a laugh with the group! Register with Naomi via the details below to receive the Zoom link and weekly instruction sheets.

For more information, to register or for phone support to set up

Zoom on your device, please call Naomi on 07736 135260 or email

Online cookery lessons

Fed up with cooking the same things? Contact or call 077959 500485 to find out about an online cookery course where you can learn how to make channa masala, special pasta sauce, or Middle Eastern pilaf for a change. Some people may be able to get a present of free ingredients too!

Theatre online:

The National Theatre has a big list of new offerings. See

There’s some Shakespeare, the Chechov – inspired but Nigeria-set modern drama Three Sisters, Mosquitoes, Julie, Amadeus … and still the Dick Whittington panto, which doesn’t end till 22 Feb. Better still, they now have a subscription service through which you can watch as many plays as you like for £9.99 per month. AND a watch-with-captions option which is brilliant for those of us who are losing our hearing a bit.

Walking in Bruce Castle Park

Some of us are going for a regular walk in Bruce Castle Park, where the daffodils and snowdrops are beginning to raise their pretty heads to remind us that despite the cold grey days, spring is coming soon. Meet at the gate in front of the museum at 11am on Wednesdays or Fridays. Check in with Rebecca Ellis or the whatsapp group to see who’s going and whether it’s snowing too hard. We try to make sure there’s an even number of people so that everyone can walk with one other, not alone, but not in a group in order to follow COVID regulations. We can arrange this through the Forum WhatsApp group – if you’re not already on it see below about how to join.

The Forum Whatsapp group

This is becoming an ever larger circle swapping news and opinions about all sorts of things. It’s a great way to get to know each other better when there are so few opportunities to actually meet. Leave a text message with your name and mobile number on our phone, 07915 477009, and James will put you on.

Survey about parks

The Council are carrying out a survey about facilities and events in parks. Please have your say on

They are developing a ‘Parks and Ageing Well’ pilot project to map, identify and develop new activities and opportunities for people aged 50+ in two parks: Lordship Recreation Ground; and Albert Road Recreation Ground.

Paying your sub

If there’s an x at the top of your e-mail or on your envelope, that means your subscription is due. It’s still only £5. Cheques please to the address at the top of this newsletter, or bank transfers to Haringey over 50s Forum, sort code 08 92 99, account number 65525931. Thanks!


Come to the Haringey PPG (Patients Participation Groups) Network Meeting on 22nd February (on Zoom)
All Haringey patients and carers are invited to attend our PPG network meeting on Monday 22nd February at 6.30pm. The agenda includes ‘Haringey COVID-19 vaccine rollout’ with Dr Peter Christian and ‘How is E-consult working for you?’.

Six ways to Improve Your Wellbeing

(produced by the GLA):

See for advice on Vitamin D, staying active, eating well, surviving lockdown in mind as well as body. Some nice bits….

‘Where possible, try to keep up with normal everyday activities and interests, especially keeping in touch with friends, family and neighbours. Keeping active with interests and hobbies we enjoy keeps our mind well. Trying something new can be a great thing to do. …It is important to stay connected and remember others are likely feeling similar so sharing and being kind will help. For most of us, these feelings will pass. ….Finding joy each day can really help, such as noticing the things we appreciate like blossom or flowers, a call from a friend or family member, a good cup of tea, completing a word search, baking, taking in some fresh air, watching a sunset.’

Silver wellness – online yoga and helpful breathing exercises