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Next Forum meeting: On:  Tuesday 28th June 2022  2:00pm – 4.00pmTopic:     Safety in the Home – preventing a fire At:           Winkfield Resource Centre, Winkfield Road N22 5RP

Access:      Venue is fully disability-friendly building with onsite parking. Buses 123, 243, W3 pass along Lordship Lane (200m up a slight incline; ask for Court House stop; turning into Winkfield Road is by TESCO express).

Haringey Patieint Participation Groups network meeting 20 JunePPG network Meeting (5)The next PPG Network Meeting (5) is scheduled for Monday 20 June at 6:30pm. The agenda includes:

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

Trolley Tokens – the forum still has some trolley tokens left.  If you would like one cost is £1.00 at meetings or £2.00 if you want us to send it to you.  (If you don’t know about these, they can be used instead of a £1 coin to release a supermarket trolley, then you don’t need change).

University of the Third Age (U3A) Open Day on Thursday 16 June 2022 from 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. at the Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX

HALS Digital Skills Peer Support for Over 50’s– starts June 16th

The course will focus on one-to-one informal support with individual basic digital skills for the over 50s, to enable participants to do things online with computers, tablets or phones. Contact HALS- best in advance – at Wood Green library.
What do you do with a chair when the leg has come loose? A lamp that no longer works? A toaster that doesn’t toast? A holey jumper? Throw it away? No way! Go along to a Repair Café and enjoy an afternoon of fixing and skill-sharing.

Repair Cafés are community events where local people get together to fix broken things and learn new skills. The aim is to help people learn to fix things, to bring about a shift in consumerism and to throw less away; a combination of skill-sharing & community building. Bring something that needs fixing and let’s fix it – we have experienced fixers who can help. Don’t leave it in a cupboard or throw it away – fix it. If you have skills you can share, bring along your tools and help others – just book the first session and let them know what you can do. Book here: 1st Sunday every month 4-7pm (next one is on Sunday 3rd July) at The Café, Lordship Recreation Ground. Last Tuesday every month 1:30-4:30pm (next one is on Tuesday 28th June) at The Broadwater Farm Community Centre.

‘a community based mental health project run in partnership between the Bridge Renewal Trust and Barnet Enfield Haringey Mental Health Trust

The service is for people from 18+ upwards. Activities, which include Mindful Writing, Art Therapy, Baking, Gardening is led by peers with lived experience of mental health distress who empower clients to express themselves, to improve and sustain their wellbeing, and make new connections.’ For more details Contact Project Co-ordinator Adrian: 07745532487 or

Cinema Club         

James is investigating the possibility of a Cinema Club of some sort at the new Finsbury Park Picturehouse.  He’s hoping that he can have things finalised by the end of June and we would love to get the Tottenham and Hornsey pensioners on board too.  The Picturehouse is right at the tube station and just a few metres from the bus station.  It’s a brilliant location for transport links.  One of the perks is that the theatre is offering its members’ lounge so that we can socialise after the film.  Here’s a link.

Haringey Circle Membership offer to Forum Members
We’ve been offered several dozen  free memberships to Haringey Circles.  In order for the chance to be one of those chosen you MUST apply by June 21st.  Send an email to, a text message to: 07915 477009 (or leave a clear voicemail) with your contact details.  Haringey Circle offers its members opportunities for people over 50 to connect with one another socially as well as offering DIY, maintenance & gardening services all at reasonable rates
People NeedParks is an initiative that running throughout the summer until early September in parks all over the borough.  All kinds of activities are offered free to all residents in Haringey, many of them tailored to the over 50s.  You can download/look at the programme by following this link: There’s bound to be something for you to enjoy, become more active, meet new friends and explore our wonderful parks. Although free, some activities may require booking so do check the website for details beforehand! or for more details contact:

Feedback from May Forum Meeting – personal security at home & when out

PCs James Elliott and Craig Carter addressed over 20 people at the Forum’s meeting in Wood Green Library on May 24. The two police officers gave crime prevention advice, covering mainly protecting one’s person and property from thieves and fraudsters both in public places and at home. There was an informative Q and A session and several good ideas also came forward when we divided into small discussion groups.  There were some excellent tips on how to make yourself and your home less attractive to robbers or attackers: –

* Handbags; don’t leave them in shopping trolleys, carry them in front of you with the strap over your head and one shoulder, if possible, under your coat just in case someone seizes or cuts the strap from behind. The police officers offered some screech alarms that you can tie to your bag, which give off a 130 decibel noise if pulled by a snatcher. (to buy a similar one for about £5 see link below)

* Phones; ‘look up, look out’ especially around tube stations which are a hot spot for phone snatches, so avoid using your phone there

* Bank cards; the PCs offered some special holders that block the contactless signal (also easily obtainable from your local bank or online at ). Beware of thieves with machines that can read the chip through your back pocket or bag when you’re in a crowd, and take loads of money out of your bank before you know it.

* Your front door/front garden. Have stickers telling intruders you have a burglar alarm. Don’t answer the door to people you aren’t expecting.  Take photos of callers with a Ring doorbell that uses a CCTV camera. Useful not just for you to see who’s there and who HAS been there, but for the police to get evidence of attempted break-ins or dodgy callers!  Argos has a large selection from around £40 (see ) with videos about how they work (see ).). You may need an electrician for the mains-wired ones, but they only take a few minutes to install.

* Hide valuable things inside your home – our speakers offered fake baked bean tins for money, keys, cards etc. Be inventive along these lines – lots of kitchen containers or books would do. Don’t leave these valuables anywhere obvious like on the hall table! Keep laptops away from accessible windows.

* Your garden boundaries – solid, high fences, prickly hedges!

* Your car – ‘blue badges’ for disabled people are very often stolen; protect them.

Advice was also given about scams – online/over the phone and in person. Hundreds of fake texts have gone around especially during lockdown from places such as Royal Mail and Amazon stating that the person has a parcel to collect. People knock on doors pretending to be the water or electricity company, to gain access to the property or distract the occupant whilst someone burgles at the back door. If something looks and feels dodgy, then it’s likely that it is! Banks never call and ask for personal details. Royal Mail never ask someone to click a link in order to retrieve a parcel.

We asked the audience, in small groups, to think of tips for the police, Haringey Council, and the public. They suggested:-


– we need more police presence in the streets – sadly though this is a question of resources, which the GLA and central government need to address.


– repair security doors and intercom systems which are broken in many council housing blocks. Security cameras would be good too.

– press for more funds for the police

– publish crime prevention information in Haringey People, including police contacts

– design shopping centres with safe places where people can access cash machines indoors near a CCTV camera


– always report a crime to the police. It’s not true they can’t do anything – reporting a bag snatch in one place may lead to a thief being identified by a different officer further down the high street. Be exact about the time and place something happened. Say what the thief or attacker was wearing, or what they were driving. At worst, it goes into police statistics which help support the case for more resources to fight crime in trouble spots

– get photos or video evidence if it’s safe to do so

– don’t carry all your valuables in one bag; spread keys, cards, phone, travel pass/ticket and money between different pockets so you don’t risk losing all at once.

– choose clothing with pockets if possible, or sew them in for yourself inside jackets and coats.

Some other useful links:-

OWL (Online watch link) was discussed – – This allows residents to be kept up to date with what’s happening in their local area by their DWO’s (Dedicated Ward Officers) – This link allows you to input your postcode in and find out who your local Safer Neighbourhoods team are. It also gives crime figures in comparison to other boroughs and London.


Bernie Grant Arts Centre are celebrating Windrush Day this year, with a week-long celebration including music, performance, spoken word & visual arts, culminating in one day, open-air, Windrush Festival, in their courtyard at Paul’s Square. 

From Monday 20th June, you will be able to explore The Windrush Collection; a fantastic installation that offers an authentic glimpse into a Black British Caribbean home, created by Tony Fairweather.

On Friday 24th June, you’ll be able to turn it up with special Simmer Down Friday, featuring multi-disciplinary artist, Apex Zero who will be exploring the themes of his latest project ‘Drummer Warrior Storyteller’, a multi-layered visual album incorporating music, film, dance, photography, painting, metal work and more. The night will include live vocal, interactive dance and Djembe drumming performances, within an installed exhibition.

On Saturday 25 June, join your host, Ashley J (Get-up Stand Up, Jojo & Gran Gran) and party!  Go and hear your favourite reggae, ska and dub classics performed live as Cleveland Watkiss and his band bring you ‘The Great Jamaican Songbook’, check out the hottest up and coming musical talent with MOBO Unsung, get your jazz fix with the incredible Rhythms of the City, and listen to Hear Me Out’s stunning new music created by refugees in detention centres.

Tottenham’s leading dance troupe Steppaz will storm in with a new high energy floor show and Disco Loco – the wild and wonderful family party – are taking over the outdoor square, bringing their unique carnival vibes, hosted by the fabulous MC Chu-i.  Tickets are available by following this link:,OR4K,GG0ZE,315VE,1

Windrush week is also your final chance to see ‘Queens’, a beautiful series of portraits exploring the concept of ‘Queendom’ from a Black British perspective. Showcasing local Black community members as the queens they truly are, presented by Arts Bridge Charity and TeamSASS Productions, in partnership with the Bernie Grant Arts Centre (FREE admission to this exhibition during building opening hours until 30th June).  Celebrate and mark the vital contributions the African Caribbean and African diaspora have made, and continue to make, to life in the UK.

CCG Engagement Network

Next meeting on Wednesday 15 June, 2:30pm – 4:00pm via Zoom.

To get the link, confirm attendance to Noorie Khamani on 07513 124 258 or  Primary care extended access (evening and weekend GP appointments) in Haringey is one of the confirmed items for discussion at the meeting. The full agenda and presentations will be shared nearer to the time.

NHS 111 and out-of-hours service in North Central London – Share your views

North Central London CCG will be awarding a new contract for the NHS 111 Integrated Urgent Care service starting in October 2023. Integrated Urgent Care (IUC) describes a range of services including NHS 111 call handling, clinical assessment and GP out-of-hours services. Planning for this has started with the aim that the future service will be developed based on the latest national guidance and the identified needs of our local population.   They are conducting a survey to understand residents’ experiences of using the NHS 111 IUC service & want to find out about the barriers that may prevent people from easily accessing the IUC service and why people may choose to attend emergency departments rather than contacting NHS 111. You can complete the survey hereThe survey closes at 11.59pm on 19 June 2022. (Hard copies are available on request by calling 020 3688 1905).  Survey feedback will be taken into consideration when the new service is developed to ensure improvements are made if needed.  If you have any further comments, email

Occupational Therapy – update on current service

A survey by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) has found that its members have seen an 82% increase in demand for occupational therapy-led rehabilitation services in the UK over the last six months alone.  As the country begins to ‘live with COVID’, already overstretched, rehabilitation services have seen demand rocket over the past two years due to the COVID pandemic and are now seeing a further rapid increase in patients. The findings raise questions about the prospects of providing timely rehabilitation, for people recovering from short & long term illnesses, & need urgent support to live independently carry out their daily lives. Over 550 OTs working across the UK took part in a survey which found that: 84% are supporting people whose needs have become more complex due to delayed interventions arising from the pandemic82% of respondents noted increased demand for occupational therapy-led rehabilitation over the previous six months.71% felt there were not enough occupational therapists to meet demand.66% reported difficulties in delivering rehabilitation services due to reduced access to facilities, suitable space and equipment.50% are supporting people affected by Long Covid. RCOT Director of Practice and Innovation, Karin Orman said: “It’s clear from this survey that rehabilitation services across the UK are overloaded, with the vast majority of occupational therapists seeing a huge increase in demand and complexity of their caseload over the last six months alone. This simply isn’t sustainable and there isn’t a big enough workforce to currently meet demand
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June 25th 26th Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 27th Knitting & Crochet 1-3pm Coombes Croft Library   28th Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) Broadwater Farm   All Nations Well-Being Group Collage Arts N22 6UJ 12-3pm Call Elaine   HO50s Meeting 2pm – 4pm Winkfield 29th 30th Coffee Morning at Lordship Hub 11-1pm   July 1st Knit & Natter 1:30-2:30pm Winkfield  
2nd 3rd Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 4th Knitting & Crochet 1-3pm Coombes Croft Library   5th Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) Broadwater Farm All Nations Well-Being Group 12-3pm 6th 7th Coffee Morning at Lordship Hub 11-1pm   8th Knit & Natter 1:30-2:30pm Winkfield  
9th 10th Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 11th Knitting & Crochet 1-3pm Coombes Croft Library   12th Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) Broadwater Farm All Nations Well-Being Group 12-3pm   Tottenham & WG Pensioners Meeting 1:30-3:30pm Gold Room, Tottenham Green Leisure Centre 13th 14th Coffee Morning at Lordship Hub 11-1pm   15th Knit & Natter 1:30-2:30pm Winkfield  
16th 17th Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 18th Knitting & Crochet 1-3pm Coombes Croft Library   19th Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) Broadwater Farm All Nations Well-Being Group 12-3pm 20th Hornsey Pensioners Action Group Meeting     1:30 Hornsey Parish Church   21st Coffee Morning at Lordship Hub 11-1pm   22nd Knit & Natter 1:30-2:30pm Winkfield  
23rd 24th Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 25th 26th Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) Broadwater Farm All Nations Well-Being Group 12-3pm 27th 28th Coffee Morning at Lordship Hub 11-1pm   29th Knit & Natter 1:30-2:30pm Winkfield