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Welcome to Haringey Over 50s Forum Newsletter

Dear Members and Supporters:
Here some events in the next week that we thought you should know about.
Monday, Mar 16 – Meeting with Councillor Khaled Moyeed at the Civic Centre at 5pm has been CANCELLED due to the coronavirus.
Tuesday, Mar 17 – Bingo at the Tottenham Leisure Centre at 2pm.  Cards cost £10.  Cash prizes.  
Thursday, Mar 19 – Morrison’s Monthly Chatter at the Morrison’s Cafe Wood Green from 10:30am to 12noon.  Come have a chat about things that concern you.  Make your voice heard.  
Journalist Len Williams is writing an article for Engineering and Technology magazine about how cities can become more age-friendly.  Len is looking for locals to talk to about living in the borough and what can be done to make the urban environment friendlier to older people.  Len’s deadline is March 20.  If you want to talk to him, you can call him on 07423 553 106 or email him on
I hope you are able to make one of the events or talk to Len.
Have a great Friday and weekend.
James CowlingHO50s secretary

Dear Members and Supporters;
March 6 – Cinema Club – The Last Tree; Bernie Grant Arts Centre at 2:30pm.
March 10 –  Just a reminder of the Advice Day that Public Voice is putting on at the Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, London N22 8LE from 1pm to 4pm.  For more information call 020 3196 1900 or email

March 16 – Noel Park Councillor Khaled Moyeed has asked to meet HO50s members of his ward of any other ward to talk about issues that matter them.  This is his initiative.  It’s a good chance for Noel Park residents to meet their councillor and put the issues that matter to him.  Face to face is always best.  Cllr Moyeed is also the  chair the Housing and Regeneration Scrutiny Panel.  The meeting will be held in room 1 and 2 of the Civic Centre from 5pm to 6:30pm.  Please do come also.  It’s a chance to make your voice heard. I would like to get at least 20 people there, members or non-members.  Please sure this with your friends and neighbours.  
Thank you for your continued support.
James CowlingHO50s secretary

Dear Members and Supporters;
I just received this amazing opportunity to be on a Channel 4 TV show next Thursday.  They are looking for people who get nuisance telephone calls.
Please have a read of the message below.  It looks like it would be a lot of fun. 
If you do go, please let me know and I can add something about your experience in the next newsletter.
James CowlingHO50s secretary

I hope you don’t mind me getting in touch. I work for a television production company which makes the Channel 4 series ‘Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back’. It’s a programme focused on consumer issues presented in an entertaining and comedic way.

We are looking for a group of people to join us for some filming next Thursday 27th February and I wondered if any of the Haringey Over 50s forum members might be interested?

We’re doing an investigation into the many nuisance calls lots of people receive on a regular basis. As part of this we are looking for 5-10 people to join us who regularly receive nuisance calls and are fed up with it!

Joe Lycett, our presenter, will be giving some advice to this group on how they might be able to deal with and fightback against nuisance calls, particularly how to waste the caller’s time! We hope this will form part of an entertaining film that ultimately sheds light on a very important topic. If this is anything you think of your members might be interested in, I would be more than happy to give you some more information. Thank you for your time. Best wishes, Charlotte .

Charlotte Hawkins Assistant Producer Joe Lycett’s Got Your Rumpus Media | 296 High Holborn | London | WC1V 7JH


February/March Update & Events

Dear Haringey Over 50s Forum Members and Supporters;                

I hope you are all well. The weather has been pretty good this winter and, fingers crossed, spring is just around the corner.  I hope you enjoy the newsletter. 

Scams have now become part of our daily lives.  Unfortunately, they come in all shapes and sizes, so they often can be hard to detect.  If you have been scammed, you are not alone.  Everyone has a story to tell about something that has happened to them.  If you have been scammed, please do report it so that the authorities so they can try to stop it.  Given that, it’s important to know how to contact your local police. Neighbourhood policing officers play a vital role in keeping London’s communities safe, whether they’re working face to face with the general public or patrolling the streets preventing crime.  You can contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team via telephone by borough ward.

Alexandra – 07920 233 788
Bounds Green – 0271 618 382
Bruce Grove – 07919 553 420
Crouch End – 07785 632 835
Fortis Green – 07876 038 059
Harringay – 07920 233 786
Highgate – 07785 608 632
Hornsey – 0208 721 2905
Muswell Hill – 07760 170 127
Noel Park – 07920 233 785
Northhumberland Park – 07887 823 426
Seven Sisters – 07920 233 793
St Ann’s – 07920 233 794
Stroud Green – 0208 721 2837
Tottenham Green – 07766 206 234
Tottenham Hale – 0208 345 0715
West Green – 07766 206 244
White Hart Lane – 07843 065 863
Woodside – 07769 640 683

We have included a Scamwise leaflet in this addition of the newsletter.  It’s courtesy of Independent Age.  It gives you tips on spotting, avoiding and reporting scams.  Please have a look through it and keep it handy.

REACH & CONNECT is up and running.  The new borough-wide service provides information and support for local people over 50.  If you would like to talk to a community connector or you would like to refer someone to the service please use the website or call 0203 196 1905 for more information. 

HO50s texting service – One of our members has suggested a texting service which would especially help members not on email to get reminders of upcoming events.  If you would not like to be texted, please get in touch and we will not add your mobile number to the list.  If all goes well, we can set this running in the next few weeks. 

Dignity magazine review by Anne Gray
From my first issue alone, I learned several interesting things. There was a great feature about Haringey’s new Reach and Connect programme; a most informative piece about the national social care funding crisis; some useful advice on benefits and ‘warm home’ grants and most surprising to me, all about eating and growing mushrooms. I had no idea how good they are for us.

Forum members can get a discount of £3 on the £18 annual sub to this locally produced magazine. A few of you may have met its editor, Arlene Martin, when she dropped into our Christmas social.

You get 6 issues a year and my first one (Nov/Dec 2019) is well worth £2.50 – health benefits more than a latte any day.

Local Policing Update from Enfield & Haringey Police

What happens when an elderly person with dementia goes missing?

Anyone who follows our social media accounts will know that we often put out appeals to the public to help find older residents who have gone missing – very often because they suffer from dementia and have walked out of a care home or their own home and have forgotten how to get back. North Area Police has a busy Missing Persons Unit based at the police station in Edmonton with six designated officers in the unit. At any given time they can be dealing with 60-70 missing people across Haringey and Enfield with the majority usually being juveniles or the elderly. Both these categories are mainly classed as high-risk individuals.

So, what happens when someone is first reported missing? Initially an officer will either attend or phone to take a first report and for the first 48 hours the case will stay with uniformed officers with an Inspector constantly risk-assessing it – this is because the majority of people will appear again or be found within 48 hours.

Once a physical search is on a lot of Met resources can be made available to trace missing people. Safer Neighbourhood Teams will go out on foot patrols through the borough, marked and unmarked police cars will also search, the police helicopters can be called out, dog units and the River Police might attend plus the six officers in the Missing Persons Unit will also take to the streets and for a high risk case such as an elderly dementia sufferer all the above might be swung into action.

Afterwards the police often continue to work with partners in the health organisations and local authorities, if applicable, to put preventative measures in place to try to address any recurring problems. Our officers work round the clock, and hand in hand with the public, to make sure people with dementia who go missing are found as quickly as humanly possible.

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Film: The Last Tree

Film: The Last Tree Date:  March 6 2020 Venue:  Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Rd, Tottenham

ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL*     To book email: call: 0208 341 2238 Cost: £4.90** *Seats are limited and will be on a first come first served basis**Including Tea/coffee & snacks for those who book Limited disabled parking isavailable to book. Call for details: 020 3196 1900

On March 6, we will be showing The Last Tree which follows the story of Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London.