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Welcome to Haringey Over 50s Forum

July 2021 In this edition:-

⦁ Next meeting Tuesday
⦁ HO50’s Events: Summer Picnic – Monday 26th July
Next Meeting – Tuesday 27th July 2021 at 2pm
AGM – Wednesday 22nd September (details to follow)
⦁ Advice, guidance and other community Groups
⦁ Ideas of things to do
⦁ Public transport
⦁ Health – Let’s Grow Tottenham, COVID test sites
⦁ Anne’s travels around Britain
⦁ Letter to Grant Schapps re Freedom Pass

Next Forum meeting Tuesday 27th July at 2pm
Our next meeting will be again on Zoom – Tuesday 27th July at 2pm. We’ll send out the agenda on e-mail a few days beforehand, and it will be available during the meeting as well. The Zoom link is:
 Meeting ID: 999 3491 6127 Passcode: 558153
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Dial in:  0203 901 7895 or 0208 080 6591
For any help needed with accessing the meeting on Zoom or by phone, please call Paulina on 0203 196 1901     

HO50’s Events
SUMMER PICNIC- all members welcome
a great opportunity to come and socialise in an outdoor setting

⦁ Monday 26th July 2pm – 4pm
⦁ Bruce Castle Park, garden of park cafe, (indoors or under canopy if it rains)
⦁ Bring your own food
⦁ tea, coffee, cakes and soft drinks & bottled water available to buy from 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. 

Monthly Forum Meeting
Tuesday 27th July 2pm (day after the picnic) zoom details on front page

Annual General Meeting
Our AGM will be on Wednesday 22nd September – time and venue TBC
Your Stories & Experiences
We would love to hear what you’ve been up to during the last few months. So if you would like to contribute a story, travel item, poem, photos then please feel free to submit something. We always welcome hearing about your experiences and how you’ve been keeping yourselves busy over the last few months. Angela Robinson, one of our members, recently went to Doncaster to catch up with friends; ‘I stayed in a hotel and met up with my friends every day. I was a bit scared going on the tube as I hadn’t done that for ages but it was fine and I had a great time’.
Your HO50’s Membership Subs 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. It’s £5.00 for the year.

Working in the Community with other groups
We want to continue to work closely with other organisations in Haringey
Many of you already know Paulina, the Project Officer for Public Voice Haringey. For those of you who don’t know her, her role is to work closely with community groups (such as the Forum) and to share information about services and social activities in the borough. Part of this includes working with Haringey Advice Partnership. Paulina explains that: HAP is an information, advice and guidance service; we do outreach and engagement, we identify needs in the community and target specific community groups who are less familiar with information, advice and guidance services. We have particular regard to the needs of people over 50 years of age and vulnerable people across the borough enabling them to navigate services and systems that maintain their independence and if needed will advocate
Need guidance, advice or help with any of the following then please get in touch
⦁ Consumer advice
⦁ Debt & Money advice
⦁ Discrimination
⦁ Domestic Violence
⦁ Employment
⦁ Family & Children ⦁ Health & community care
⦁ Housing & homelessness
⦁ Immigration & nationality
⦁ Legal Advice
⦁ Welfare benefits
⦁ Other services FREEPHONE Adviceline on 0808 278 7966 (Mon – Fri 10-4pm).

Inspiring and connecting over 50’s
Haringey Circle offers opportunities for people over 50 to connect with one another as well as offering DIY, maintenance & gardening services all at reasonable rates. Currently it costs £35 per year to join, however It is likely that this fee may increase, (we hope that if it does it will include a Forum sub for those who join the Circle). So do look at what they offer and join. You can still join the Forum separately if you prefer Tel: 020 3196 1894

Ideas of things to do
locally …

Has now re-opened; they offer a Thursday lunch club many other activities – too many for me to list here but you can have a look at the website:
Tel: 020 8348 4612
further afield …
“Explore the connections between science, medicine, life and art through our permanent and temporary exhibitions”.
Admission is always free”.
To see what’s on visit the website:
Tel: 020 7611 2222

… even further afield but on the Piccadilly Line

1As it is today

2As it was in the 1950’s RUISLIP LIDO
Resevoir Road, Ruislip HA4 7TY
⦁ Sandy beach & lido
⦁ Play areas with pirate ship, outside gym & waterpark
⦁ Woodland Walks
⦁ Ride on the UK’s longest Miniature 12” guage railway
Pack a picnic and enjoy a great day out with family, friends and grandchildren for more details, no phone

GLF Transport Sub-Committee
Are you interested in public transport issues?  Then Join the Sub-Committee and be part of the solution. The Greater London Forum for Older People has formed a Transport Sub-Committee to focus on older people’s public transport priorities. The objective is to identify transport issues that cause serious concerns and can affect the wellbeing of older Londoners.  To work with Transport for London, Transport for All, the Greater London Authority, Age UK London and Borough Councils to resolve the issues.
Please contact Zara Ghods to register your interest on by emailing her at or call her on Tel: 07443647222

Assisted Travel Services – Staff Training Video
Age UK London has been asked by TFL to identify older Londoners to help them in developing videos that would be part of staff training (particularly customer-facing staff) for assisted travel services and wider TFL services. TfL are looking for older Londoners willing to be filmed talking about their experiences of travel.   The filming will take place at the end of the month and it is expected that each shoot will take no longer than five hours. A payment of £200 will be given to each participant to cover time and travel costs. They’re looking to share a range of journeys and would like to understand if any of our members would like to feature in a video sharing the experience of an older customer or someone living with dementia and/or a customer who travels with a carer. The video will not be scripted. The production crew will provide guidelines on questions participants might need to prepare for as part of the filming & aspects that will need to be included, to ensure staff have enough information about how to provide different services. We also hope to use some of the content for wider communications purposes and to raise awareness among passengers about our Travel Kind campaign.

If you are interested contact
Also do let Zara Ghods know if you will be participating in this programme (contact details above)

 Future of the Freedom pass is still uncertain …
On the back page is a draft letter that you can tear off sign & send to the Transport Secretary expressing your concern that the continuation of senior Londoners’ concessions on London’s Public transport is only guaranteed until October

Let’s Grow Tottenham
This is an exciting programme designed to deliver social therapeutic horticulture sessions, to support adults that have been socially isolated, struggling with anxiety/depression and complex needs. The programme will run for 6 sessions, once a week, Tuesday afternoons and the next group will start on the 20th of July and each session will have one of the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ as a central focus. Julia, the project co-ordinator, says “We will have hands-on gardening tasks, as well as space for wellbeing conversations and reflections. As we will have a person-centred approach, we will keep the group small (6/8 people).  To take part, we will be accepting referrals from local GP clinics, as well as self-referrals. After a chat with me, people will be asked to complete an online form”.

If you are interested contact Julia & have a chat! TEL: 07961 086 317

Do you support anyone affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use?
Improving Access to Psychological therapies (IAPT) are running a stress management session as part of their series of monthly family workshops. On Thursday 22nd July 12pm – 1:45pm on Zoom
Contact Emily TeL; 07548 999 414

And finally, as we come out of Lockdown,

Government advice is that everyone (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) should do a lateral flow test twice weekly, because it is possible that you may still carry the virus and can therefore pass it on; this applies even if you have no symptoms (asymptomatic).
⦁ Lateral Flow Home Test Kits are distributed at various outlets – pharmacies, schools, shopping centres

If you test positive after doing a rapid lateral flow test you will need to get a PCR test to confirm this.
⦁ PCR Tests are available at: 3 locations: Alexandra Palace, Irish Centre and Stamford Hill Primary School. You do need to book in advance.
Call 119 to book an appointment.

… remember to be kind to yourself and to those around you, the last 18 months have had an impact on everyone in many different ways and will continue to affect people for some time to come…

Anne’s Travels around Britain
Your treasurer has just returned from an amazing three – part staycation. “I’m in love with the English coastline and despite reports of huge price hikes and overcrowded beaches, we managed to have cheap accommodation, good train and bus rides, and kept away from crowds and infection throughout”.

Trip 1: A friend said “let’s go to the Isle of Wight”. So off we set by train and ferry. We stayed in a two roomed cabin (self-catering, with outside toilet and shower block shared with one other) at the Ventnor Botanic Garden, for only £350 for the week. We enjoyed delightful walks in the huge garden with its many exotic sub-tropical plants (see the first photo of the many Agapanthus), when we felt more energetic, we braved some challenging, steep cliff walks. 

Trip 2: Another friend invited me to visit her friend in Weymouth. We found a splendid seafront with lots of sand, shallow water and outdoor cafes, lovely bus rides and walks on Portland Bill with superb views, an interesting marina, fresh seafood cooked in Spanish style by a Spaniard, a swannery, and a half day bus tour on our Freedom Passes through beautiful Dorset villages to eat ice cream and visit little art galleries at West Bay. Again, only 3 hours direct train from Waterloo with a good discount using a seniors’ railcard. We had a private twin room in a backpackers’ hostel, spotless and friendly for only £25 each per night. 

Trip 3: with third friend, involved the luxury of being a passenger in her car all the way to the island of Seil, near Oban in the Scottish Highlands. Bit of a splurge on a farm cottage at £800 per week, still cheaper than many hotels and with a lovely kitchen and patio to sit out. Walks were flat and easy – along lanes with hardly any traffic – or very steep, following the sheep’s footprints on a mountainside with the loch and lots of islands laid out below. Ferry trips to nearby islands were exciting and found us wild orchids, a chatty village green and interesting old slate quarries with lots of seabirds. 

And only half a day’s rain in 21 days!  Wonder why I used to bother with airports. I could spend the rest of my life exploring the UK.

Isle of Wight Portland Bill Seil Island

To The Rt. Hon Grant Shapps, MP, Secretary of State for Transport,
c/o House of Commons,
London SW1A 1AA
 Dear Sir,
Londoners’ Freedom Pass
I write to you to express my extreme concern that continuation of senior Londoners’ concessions on London’s public transport have only been guaranteed until October.
Free tube and overground train travel, as well as free bus travel, is vital to the wellbeing of older people in our city. It is also crucial to those of us who continue to work, of whom there are many thousands. We carry on working in an unpaid capacity as well as a paid capacity. Please remember that dozens of thousands of London parents depend on grandparents for childcare whilst they work. Punctual journeys often to distant districts are needed for grandparents to continue this important role. Older people also contribute millions of pounds worth of unpaid work to the country’s economy every year, working as volunteers in community facilities, food banks, advice centres, green spaces and hospitals to name but a few key services. The ‘big society’ that your party sometimes dreams of would collapse without them. Yet volunteering may be significantly deterred if older people in London, where distances are vast, could not use trains free of charge.
Post lockdown, mental health and loneliness are issues of major concern throughout the population. Surely this is no time to put financial barriers in the way of family visits?
Whilst bus travel concessions are enshrined within national law, we understand that train travel concessions depend on the fragile finances of TfL. But subsidies towards public transport in London are very low by international standards. Trains have to run anyway for the whole population, so that their use by older people even at peak times does not increase the running costs of the system.
Please do the right thing by older Londoners – remembering that 14% of the city’s population are over 65 and our voting power is considerable – and promise to continue the concessions we so badly need.
Yours sincerely

Your Name: ……………………………………… (signed)