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Welcome to Haringey Over 50s Forum

NEWSLETTER AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2020

In this edition:-                          

* Online wellbeing workshops

* Help to run your Forum

* Next meeting details

* Update on library services

* A friendly phone call – new befriending scheme

* How to meet and chat with other Forum members

* Challenging  online-only companies with no phone service

* Scams to beware of

* Energy advice – to help you spend less and keep warm

Free Online Wellbeing Workshops for Over 50s in Haringey 

Five one-hour online workshops held on Zoom to help you stay fit, well and active. 

Every Wednesday in September, 11am – 12pm. 

  • Sign up and attend to all five sessions to receive your goody pack and certificate of participation. 
  • Limited places available, booking required by 31st August 2020. 

    1. How to keep your mind healthy – Wednesday 2nd September.
    2. Food growing on a windowsill – Wednesday 9th September. 
    3. Volunteering for older people – Wednesday 16th September.
    4. Stretch your way to fitness (this session involves light exercise) – Wednesday 23rd September. 
    5. Becoming digitally savvy – Wednesday 30th September. 

    These sessions are organised and run by Groundwork London and Haringey Reach and Connect. 

    To find out more and to register visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/five-ways-to-wellbeing-tickets-115870859861 

HELP TO RUN YOUR FORUM

Our AGM is obviously long overdue, but it can’t happen until large face to face meetings are again permitted. Meanwhile we have a number of vacancies on our committee. If you can help with any of the things we need to do  like phoning round members, keeping the membership and subscription details up to date, compiling the newsletter, taking minutes, attending (probably online) meetings of things like the Greater London Forum for older people, helping to set up Facebook and Whatsapp groups, do please get in touch with us on info@ho50s.org.uk or call Paulina, our support worker in the Public Voice office, on 0203196 1900. More details on the web site, www.ho50s.org.uk.

NEXT MEETING

Still on ‘Zoom’ , committee and activists will come together to discuss past, ongoing and future activities and issues of concern on Monday, Sept. 14 at 2pm. Do join us on the following ‘zoom’ link:-

https://zoom.us/j/98977946595;   Meeting ID: 989 7794 6595

One tap mobile; 02080806591,98977946595

LIBRARIES – UPDATE ON SERVICES

Haringey libraries are gradually coming to life again. Most of them are now offering the following services, but you can’t stay to sit or browse:-

  • Drop Box – users can return books in a designed ‘drop box’ situated just inside the library.(No fines for late returns, for the time being!)
  • Click and collect – collection of books that have been pre-ordered online or by phone to 020 8489 2700
  • Ready Reads – a new way to borrow books from Haringey libraries. Simply submit your Haringey Library card details and let them know what you like to read using the dedicated Ready Reads order form, and they’ll choose a selection of books for you.
  • Limited Computer use – the number of computers available in each library will be limited and customers will be able to use them for up to one hour.

Only Hornsey and Coombes Croft libraries are still closed. Others are open at least till 2.30pm Monday to Saturday, with Marcus Garvey and Wood Green open till 4pm.

A FRIENDLY PHONE CALL

We have been trying to call members from time to time to keep in touch and make sure people are ok in these trying times. Now Haringey Reach and Connect offer free calls to people in Haringey who would like to receive regular weekly calls from a friendly and supportive volunteer. The calls last approximately 30 minutes, on the same day, at the same time, each week.  

They match older people and volunteers carefully, to ensure they have some common interests, and friendships are reviewed regularly to ensure that both parties find them enjoyable.  

If you would like to have, or become, a telephone befriender, please contact Reach and Connect who are running a special expanded service to respond to COVID-19, using this link: https://reachandconnect.net/get-support/telephone-friendship. Or you can phone on 020 3196 1905.

GETTING TOGETHER WITH OTHER FORUM MEMBERS

We discovered two park cafes which are good hangout spots whilst the nice weather lasts. Chestnuts Park is one (opposite St Ann’s Hospital) and the Lordship Rec Hub another. If you’d like to meet other members for a tea or coffee, leave a message or better still a text on 07915 477009. Or join the Whatsapp group which is being set up by James – leave a phone message from your mobile, or drop an email to info@ho50s.org.uk. Whatsapp is good for chat or exchange of all sorts of information …give it a go. Weather permitting, Anne Gray will be sitting outside at the Chestnuts Park café between about 11am and noon on Friday 11 September and would love to meet some other members there.

CHALLENGING  ONLINE-ONLY COMPANIES

The world seems to be on the internet these days – council inquiries, shopping, even some NHS services. If you feel the internet is not for you, or you lack a web-capable phone or computer, you may feel left out. Sadly, we have to have Forum meetings online but we are now at least allowed to meet in small groups in cafes, especially outside. As for shopping, banks and public utilities, if you come across any company that doesn’t offer a phone number as an alternative, do tell us. We’re trying to build up a list of commercial organisations that need to be spoken to about this. Leave a message on 07915 477009 and we’ll call you back about it.

Coffee and Computers is there to help those who are trying to do things online but having some difficulty with their apparatus or its software. Email  info@coffeecomputers.org or see their various how-to-do-it guides on http://coffeecomputers.org/.

SCAMS TO BEWARE OF

Online shopping scamsare happening regardingthe use of sites such as eBay, Facebook and Gumtreeto buy items such as mobile phones, vehicles, games consoles, Airpods, Macbooks and footwear, that don’t then arrive.  

There’s a fake text going around, saying something like “We were unable to process your latest bill. In order to avoid fees, please update your payment information, via….”NEVER click on links sent by text.

National Insurance refund scam;Scammers are trying to steal personal details by sending out very convincing -lookingfake emails, promising a National Insurance refund. The emails look very similar to sections of the ‘gov.uk’ website and claim to be from the taxman. They tell people toclick on the link given to claim the cash, but this takes themto a page asking for their bank details.The scammers then use these details to steal people’s identities andtake out credit cards or loans in that person’s name.

Reporting the details to Action Fraud:

A special police department deals with this; https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Or phone 0300 123 2040.

ENERGY ADVICE – TO HELP YOU SPEND LESS AND KEEP WARM

Reach and Connect have organised some online ‘workshops’ for the over 50s.

Your questions answered about how to make your home more energy efficient and have lower bills.Places are limited, so please register on the links below foreither of the following online workshops. Or you can e-mail hello@reachandconnect.net or phone 020 3196 1905.

Tuesday 8th September

Click https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/energy-advice-workshop-for-over-50s-3-on-zoom-tickets-112079290174

Tuesday 15th September

Click https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/energy-advice-workshop-for-over-50s-4-on-zoom-tickets-112079438618