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Next Forum meeting:
On: Tuesday 26th July 2022 2:00pm – 4.00pm –

At: The Business Lounge, Wood Green Library, High Road, London N22 6XD.
Cold drinks and biscuits will be provided and you are invited to visit a café in the Mall if you wish to stay and chat over tea after the meeting.
Speaker: Arlene Martin, Founder of Dignity Magazine
a bi-monthly publication for people aged 50 and older. Dignity’s July/August edition will feature an interview with the contemporary furniture designer Alexander Miles, who has used his furniture building skills to design a pillow for people with a musculoskeletal disorder. Arlene will be sharing some of his tips for getting a good night’s sleep. Arlene is always eager to hear what older people would like to read about, and suggestions for future issues of the magazine will be very welcome

Your HO50s Membership Sub may now be due
Please remember that if you receive your newsletter with an X on the envelope it means that your annual subscription is due. Please note that the annual subscription is now £8.00. If you have paid since the last newsletter, please let us know. A lifetime membership is £40.00 and saves the bother of annual payments. You can pay by cheque payable to Haringey over 50s Forum, or by cash – and either drop your payment to us via Public Voice (address at top of front page) or at one of our monthly meetings. You can also pay via bank transfer or set up an annual standing order. Our bank details are:-
Coop Bank, account name: Haringey over 50s Forum (use full name);
sort code: 08 92 99 account number: 65525931

Feedback from June Meeting – Fire Safety in the Home

KNOW WHERE YOUR ESCAPE ROUTE IS AND KEEP IT FREE FROM FURNITURE AND CLUTTER.
KEEP THE KEYS TO EXIT DOORS CLOSE TO THEM…. BUT SECURE AGAINST THIEVES, FOR EXAMPLE NOT JUST HANGING ON AN EASY-TO-FIND HOOK OR ON A TABLE. PUT KEYS IN A CONTAINER, PREFERABLY OF METAL.
MAKE SURE EVERYONE IN THE HOME KNOWS WHERE THE ESCAPE ROUTE IS AND HOW TO OPEN IT.
• NB IF YOU SECURE YOUR DOOR WITH A CHAIR OR BOLT, SOMEONE TRYING TO LET YOU OUT MAY HAVE GREAT DIFFICULTY – THERE WILL BE DELAY AND POSSIBLY A BROKEN DOOR.

HOW (MOST) FIRES IN THE HOME START
• ELECTRICAL FAULTS – GET YOUR WIRING CHECKED! ESPECIALLY, GET A CHECK IF WATER GETS INTO A CEILING NEAR TO A LIGHT FITTING. (AND GET THE LEAK REPAIRED FAST).
• GAS LEAKS – IF YOU SMELL GAS, TURN IT OFF AT THE METER AND CALL BRITISH GAS FAST (THE GAS EMERGENCY NUMBER IS 0800 111 999).
• MEANWHILE DON’T SMOKE, USE A FLAME OF ANY KIND OR SWITCH ANYTHING ELECTRICAL ON OR OFF BECAUSE THAT MAY MAKE A SPARK. OPEN WINDOWS TO LET THE GAS OUT. KNOW WHERE THE METER IS AND HOW TO TURN THE GAS OFF.
• COOKERS – BEWARE OF LEAVING THINGS ON TO BURN OR LEAVING A TEA TOWEL CLOSE TO THE STOVE.
• BE VERY CAREFUL WITH CIGARETTES AND CANDLES. DON’T FALL ASLEEP WHILE SMOKING!

PUTTING FIRES OUT
NEVER PUT WATER ON OIL OR ELECTRICS. FOR AN OIL FIRE (E.G. A CHIP PAN) USE A FIRE BLANKET TO SMOTHER THE FLAME. SO YOU NEED TO HAVE A FIRE BLANKET AND KNOW HOW TO USE IT. FOR AN ELECTRICAL FIRE, TURN THE CURRENT OFF AT THE MAINS (KNOW WHERE IT IS AND MAKE SURE YOU CAN REACH IT SAFELY). THE FIRE BRIGADE SPEAKERS COULDN’T COME BECAUSE THEY WERE CALLED OUT TO FIGHT A FIRE! WE USED THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ON WHAT SHOULD WE DO TO PREVENT A FIRE, THE MAIN CAUSES OF FIRES IN THE HOME AND HOW WOULD WE GET OUT OF OUR HOMES IF THERE WAS A FIRE. PEOPLE MADE A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT POINTS:-
ESCAPE ROUTES

Questions for the Fire Brigade:-
We could do with advice about ladders & rope ladders to escape from first floor flats.
What services can they provide about installing and checking smoke alarms and fire hazards in your home? Do they have leaflets on fire safety that we could circulate?

Questions for the Council:-
What is the process for making sure new blocks of flats, whoever builds or owns them, are really safe? Especially, people are worried about older and less mobile people in tower blocks and in sheltered housing. It may be dangerous to live far from the ground if you can’t use stairs to get out in an emergency. Who would take care of people who can’t easily use stairs and need to get out before the fire brigade can arrive to rescue them? Do sheltered housing schemes have proper regular fire drills for residents as well as staff?

Things to do: Forum Events:

FORUM SUMMER PICNIC
TUESDAY 23RD AUGUST 2-4PM
PAVILLION CAFE, BRUCE CASTLE PARK, LORDSHIP LANE N17 8NJ
• WE CAN MOVE INDOORS/UNDER CANOPY IF IT RAINS)
• BRING YOUR OWN FOOD; TEA, COFFEE, CAKES, SOFT DRINKS & BOTTLED WATER AVAILABLE TO BUY IN THE CAFÉ
• SEATING IS IN THE GARDEN – BENCHES AROUND TABLES FOR 4 TO 6 PEOPLE.
• THERE ARE TOILETS AND THEY ARE WHEELCHAIR-FRIENDLY
IF YOU HAVE DIFFICULTIES OR CONCERNS ABOUT GETTING THERE, PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE OR BETTER STILL A TEXT ON 07915 477009, AND HOPEFULLY WE’LL BE ABLE TO FIND A SOLUTION .

Forum Cinema Club
Tuesday 6th September at 2pm
James met with the manager of the new Picturehouse Cinema in Finsbury Park and they agreed on a start date for the Cinema Club.
Finsbury Park Picturehouse Unit 1, 17 City North Place, London, N4 3FU
We’ll get details of the film being shown one week before the screening. Cost is £7.90 and there is coffee/tea and biscuits. We can also meet in the members lounge afterwards.

Local Music Events
Music in the Gardens
Sunday 17th & Sunday 24th July. These events are free and for all the family. The gardens are open from 2–5pm, with music starting around 3pm. Drinks, cakes and snacks are available for a small price. If it rains, the event will move indoors.
Muswell Hill Methodist Church, 28 The Stables, Pages Lane, Muswell Hill, London N10 1PP. If you have any questions please call 020 83652466 or email community@mhmc.org.uk

Fatisa restaurant & lounge is also Wood Green’s wonderful and not very well-known music venue. On Friday evenings (in July) you are welcome to go along and hear some amazing musicians and bands in the relaxing and ambient setting (Jazz, Motown, Soul); Free entry, but it’s best to reserve seats in the lounge. Food is available, but not compulsory, if going to hear the music.
Friday 15th and Friday 22nd July, 8.30pm – 10.30pm
Tel: 020 8888 9008, Fatisa Restaurant & Lounge, 292 High Road, London N22 8JZ

Lockdown Lunch is a warm and weekly online community sharing writing, live performance 7 connection. It was the pandemic offspring of Social Lunch, but it has evolved into something quite of its own. Facilitated by Clair Chapwell (founder of Spare Tyre Theatre Company), Clair sets guests a new theme every week such as ‘Masks’, ‘Hands’ or ‘Summer in The City’, and they use it as a stimulus to create poems, paintings, stories and songs to perform to the group at the next Lockdown Lunch. The results have been staggering! Talents unlocked, community formed, and the most beautiful creations composed and performed each week. They even have a soap opera with weekly instalments that is written and directed by Clair, and acted entirely by lunch club participants.
To JOIN and get involved,

email admin@jacksonslane.org.uk.
Every Thursday, 2 – 3:30pm
Where: Zoom
Who: Any person over 55
Price: FREE

This online oasis of creativity and kindness has been a shining light amidst all the uncertainty.

Hornsey Vale Lunch Club
is back every first Wednesday of the month. The next one is on Wednesday 3rd August. Go along and enjoy a two-course lunch with refreshments. £5 on the door (cash / card). To book a place and advise of any dietary requirements, call Emma on 020 8348 4612 or email info@hornseyvale.org

Tottenham Green Night Markets are back …
There will be street food, local bars, DJs, vibes, workshops, and snacks.
Sat 9 July, Sat 13 Aug, Sat 10 Sept.
5pm- 10-pm (Kids Disco 5pm-5.45pm)
Town Hall Approach London N15 4RY

Park Events;Tottenham Cemetery Tour
Victorian Marvels, Memorials & Monuments – a two part tour on Sat 23rd July
Explore Tottenham Cemetery on two different walking tours with Deborah Hedgecock, Curator of Bruce Castle Museum and Archive. Tottenham Cemetery is a peaceful haven, as well as an important record of the social history of the area.
Each of the 2 tours will last 1.5 hours. The walk is gentle but do wear comfortable footwear. Meet at the clocktower entrance of Bruce Castle Museum and Archive:
Part 1 – 10.15 for 10.30am start and Part 2 – 1.45 for 2pm start
You can join both tours if you like, no need to book, just turn up

Piece for Newsletter – your own creative writing?

Have a poem, story, experience, picture to share? For the next six months after this newsletter, we’ll have an extra page for members’ own writing. We just got funding for printing this.
It can be about anything; holiday snaps, memories, your own creative writing, soap-box pieces about issues for our age group. But especially, we want to build up a record of members’ experiences during the pandemic. If it comes back, we need to be prepared. It also helps to tell policy makers (NHS, Council, etc.) what issues people faced, what helped them cope, what help was missing, what we’ve learned about how to cope if COVID or something like it comes back.
As a fun way to do this, you might want to think about it like this: Imagine the ‘self’ that you were in January or February 2020, before COVID began. Write a letter to that ‘self’ from the person you are now, telling them how it was and what they need to do or be aware of. Rather like what your parents might have written to you if you had asked them, ‘how did you cope in the second world war and how would we cope now if there was another war?’
(And let’s hope for no more disasters of either kind!).
You can e-mail or post your writing to us (see address at the top of the first page). Or talk it through – leave a message on 07915 477009 and Anne or Saskia will call you back.

Out of hours GP service consultation – NHS seeks your views on ‘enhanced access’ changes

Enhanced access is the provision of appointments outside of a GP practice’s core hours of 8am to 6.30pm (e.g. evenings and weekends). This service will now be delivered by Primary Care Networks.
What is changing with GP appointments out of hours?
North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (NCL CCG) has stated that there will be no reduction in the overall amount of primary care appointments available for people across the week and on bank holidays as a result of these changes. However, there may be changes in the way that you access these appointments – for example, how you book them & where you might go to be seen.
• Saturday evenings, Sundays and Bank Holiday appointments are not in the new specification, but NCL CCG is seeking to address this
• There may be fewer appointments for same day care and fewer appointments which 111 can to book patients into
• Patients may not be able to access a hub outside of their PCN area
If you go to the Healthwatch Haringey website there is an online survey you can complete. Your views and experience are valuable in helping Primary Care Networks make their plans. You’ll have to be quick as the deadline is 10th July.
https://www.healthwatchharingey.org.uk/news/2022-06-24/out-hours-gp-service-consultation-nhs-seeks-your-views-enhanced-access-changes

Campaign for provision of public toilets

Three years ago a group of people came together through Positive Ageing in London (PAiL) to discuss London’s public toilet crisis. Greenwich campaigner Jane Hopkins had taken up the issue and argued both that older people had been left out of the debate and that local authorities were failing in their public health duties to vulnerable people. Working with Jane, PAiL and Kilburn Older Voices Exchange published the Toilet Manifesto for London on World Toilet Day in November 2020. The pandemic then made access to toilets a political issue across the country and the subsequent broad-based campaign (now spear-headed by Age UK London’s campaigns team) has made progress. Members of the Greater London Assembly have pushed the Mayor to take action and are engaging with London Councils.
Nowhere has this gone better than here in Haringey. As the Ho50’s Forum representative on various committees Gordon Peters brought the Manifesto to the attention of councillors, council officers and NHS commissioners. Paul Allen, the Head of Integrated Commissioning, has taken the lead on this and there is now a working group. They will look at where to provide new toilets and how to make better arrangements with businesses prepared to offer non-customers access to toilets through a Community Toilet Scheme. Meanwhile, local politicians have come under a lot of pressure from disabled people and parents who want better facilities in parks. Officers have said they are willing to talk to the Forum. We won’t get a better opportunity to bring older people’s concerns directly to bear on the Council and NHS. Nothing is going to change dramatically because toilets are expensive to run but we can demand better standards, better signage and information and real action in the parts of the borough where provision is inadequate (which is basically everywhere but Wood Green). Let’s remember just how badly some of us are affected by this problem: one in five older people avoid leaving home because of the ‘loo leash’ – concern about the lack of an available toilet. And 30% of London’s loos don’t have disability access.
Written by John Miles: 25/06/2022
You can do a survey for the Age UK campaign about more and better public toilets at
https://bit.ly/3MZUjhL
You can watch an 8 minute video of Anne interviewing John Miles about the campaign and the situation in Haringey on
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YjkaAjMekHODTwHsxKkvaERUEuM5sV-t/view?usp=sharing

Useful Contact Information of organisations mentioned in previous Newsletters

Coffee and Computers – offer advice and digital support
www.coffeecomputers.org

07999 0742 497
Haringey Learns (formerly known as HALS) – offer many courses both online and in person, which are currently free to Haringey residents

Tel: 020 8489 2596
Email hals@haringey.gov.uk

Silverfit – offers many exercise opportunities for the over 50’s
Email: info@silverfit.org.uk
Tel: 0208 123 7879
Wise Age – offers employment help and advice for the over 50’s
www.wiseage.org.uk
Email contact@wiseage.org.uk
3 Birkbeck Street, London E2 6JY

Haringey Heritage Walks for people 60+ (free), Walks vary in duration & are easy
To Book:
Tel: 07986 504894
Email oonagh.gay@icloud.com

Hoarding UK – offer a monthly hoarding support group, every 2nd Thursday of the month (next one 14th July) 1-3pm
Tottenham Fire Station,
49 St Loy’s Road, N17 6UE
Email kimi@hoardinguk.org
Tel: 0207 551 2255
Lauderdale House – an exhibition, concert and workshop space in Waterlow Park Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill | London N6 5HG
Tel: 020 8348 8716
Email: enquiries@lauderdale.org.uk

All Good Bookshop – more than just a bookshop, offers regular groups, events and workshops 35 Turnpike Lane, London N8 0EP
www.allgoodbookshop.co.uk
Tel: 020 8341 0783

Tottenham Talking – community based mental health project for adults offering activities such as Mindful Writing, Art Therapy, Baking, Gardening
Contact Project Co-ordinator Adrian
Tel: 07745532487 tottenhamtalking@bridgerenewaltrust.org.uk

University of the Third Age (U3A) a membership organisation offering activities (mental and physical) for people no longer in employment https://cedu3a.org.uk/

All Nations Wellbeing Group
meets at Collage Arts, N22 6UJ. Contact Elaine
Tel: 07506 204012

Sat Sun Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri
JULY
9th
Tottenham Night Market 5-10pm 10th
Wolves Lane open 1-3pm

11th
Knitting & Crochet
Coombes Croft Library
12th
Silverfit

All Nations Well-Being Group
Collage Arts, N22 6UJ

13th 14th
Coffee Morning Lordship Hub 11-1pm

Hoarding Support Group – Totten Fire Station 1-3pm 15th
Knit & Natter
Winkfield 1.30-2.30

16th 17th
Wolves Lane
(See above)

Music in the Garden 2-5pm see p 18th
Knitting & Crochet
(See above) 19th
Silverfit(see above)

All Nations Well-Being Group
(See above)
20th
21st
Coffee Morning Lordship Hub 11-1pm 22nd
Knit & Natter see above)

23rd 24th
25th 26th
All Nations Well-Being Group
(See above)
Repair Cafe
Broadwater Farm
1.30-4.30pm
HO50s Meeting
2pm – 4pm
Wood Green Library 27th 28th
Coffee Morning Lordship Hub 11-1pm 29th
Knit & Natter see above)

30th 31st AUGUST
1st 2nd
All Nations Well-Being Group
(See above)
3rd
Hornsey Vale Lunch Club 4th
Coffee Morning Lordship Hub 11-1pm 5th
Knit & Natter see above)

6th 7th
Repair Cafe, Lordship Rec 4-7pm 8th 9th
All Nations Well-Being Group
(See above)
Tottenham & WG Pensioners Meeting 1:30-3:30pm Gold Room, Tottenham Green Leisure Centre 10th 11th
Coffee Morning Lordship Hub 11-1pm 12th
Knit & Natter see above)

13th
Tottenham Night Market 5-10pm 14th 15th 16th
All Nations Well-Being Group
(See above)
17th
Hornsey Pensioners Meeting 1:30pm Hornsey Parish Church 18th
Coffee Morning Lordship Hub 11-1pm 19th
Knit & Natter see above)

20th 21st 22nd 23rd
All Nations Well-Being Group
(See above)
Forum Picnic – Pavillion Cafe , Bruce Castle 2-4pm
24th 25th
Coffee Morning Lordship Hub 11-1pm 26th
Knit & Natter see above)

Sat Sun Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri
JULY 9th Tottenham Night Market 5-10pm 10th Wolves Lane open 1-3pm     11th Knitting & Crochet Coombes Croft Library   12th Silverfit   All Nations Well-Being Group Collage Arts, N22 6UJ     13th 14th Coffee Morning Lordship Hub 11-1pm   Hoarding Support Group – Totten Fire Station 1-3pm 15th Knit & Natter Winkfield 1.30-2.30  
16th 17th Wolves Lane (See above)     Music in the Garden 2-5pm see p 18th Knitting & Crochet (See above) 19th Silverfit(see above)   All Nations Well-Being Group (See above)   20th   21st Coffee Morning  Lordship Hub 11-1pm 22nd Knit & Natter see above)  
23rd 24th   25th 26th All Nations Well-Being Group (See above) Repair Cafe Broadwater Farm 1.30-4.30pm HO50s Meeting 2pm – 4pm Wood Green Library 27th 28th Coffee Morning  Lordship Hub 11-1pm 29th Knit & Natter see above)    
30th 31st AUGUST 1st 2nd All Nations Well-Being Group (See above)   3rd Hornsey Vale Lunch Club 4th Coffee Morning  Lordship Hub 11-1pm 5th Knit & Natter see above)  
6th 7th Repair Cafe, Lordship Rec 4-7pm 8th 9th All Nations Well-Being Group (See above) Tottenham & WG Pensioners Meeting 1:30-3:30pm Gold Room, Tottenham Green Leisure Centre 10th 11th Coffee Morning  Lordship Hub 11-1pm 12th Knit & Natter see above)  
13th Tottenham Night Market 5-10pm 14th 15th 16th All Nations Well-Being Group (See above)   17th Hornsey Pensioners Meeting     1:30pm Hornsey Parish Church 18th Coffee Morning  Lordship Hub 11-1pm 19th Knit & Natter see above)  
20th 21st 22nd 23rd All Nations Well-Being Group (See above) Forum Picnic  – Pavillion Cafe , Bruce Castle 2-4pm   24th 25th Coffee Morning  Lordship Hub 11-1pm 26th Knit & Natter see above)