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April 2022 Newsletter

Next Forum meeting On:  Tuesday 26th April 2022 2:00-4:00pm

Topic: ; Keeping your home warm & healthy in times of rising costs

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).

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.  Please note that the annual subscription is now £8.00. If you have paid since the last newsletter please let us know. If you would like to know about having a lifetime membership (which is £40.00) then please contact us either by email or text message (details at the top of this page).  You can pay by cheque payable to HO50’s, or by cash – and either drop your payment to us via Public Voice (address on 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; sort code: 08 92 99;     account number: 65525931

Paper parking permits/vouchers

James Cowling writes: Despite popular belief, paper parking permits are still available if you are not online, have a disability, or cannot manoeuvre the online system.  If you want them, you need to go into Wood Green Library and fill out a form.  You can either fill the form out there and pay, or take the form home and send it off to Sheffield (don’t ask me why) for payment.  I went through this process in March and received day and hourly permits in the mail.  If it’s urgent, tell them and you should be able to get them the next day.  Remember, you may be entitled to a 50% discount too.  If you encounter any problems, just mention the name Sue Marshall, she told me to tell you that, and that should help if you run into problems.  Sue is a manger in the parking department.  DO NOT let anyone tell you that you can only do it online.  It’s just not true especially if you are an older person.  

Residential yearly permits

Although this is now all online, you can still do apply with paper forms if you are not on the internet or cannot manoeuvre the online system.  Once again, you need to go into the library and get a residential permit form and fill it in and pay.  You can also call customer services on 020 8489 1000 and request a paper form which will be mailed to you.  Once you pay and/or send it off, you will get confirmation through the mail that you have paid, but it’s all online so you won’t receive a sticker or anything like that.  Keep the confirmation in case you have any problems.  Once again, mention Sue Marshall’s name if you run into a problem.

All ‘everyday’ stamps will be scrapped from 31 January 2023

The move comes after Royal Mail announced that it will   ‘everyday’ stamps featuring the profile of the Queen – from 31 January 2023. After this date only barcoded stamps with the Queen’s profile on, or non-barcoded Christmas or special collection stamps can be used.  There are ways in which you can swap these stamps for the new ones – check the following link for what to do if you have stamps left over after the deadline.

Paper £20 and £50 notes to be discontinued – end September 2022

Time to check if you still have any of the old paper £20 and £50 notes, as these will be discontinued at the end of September 2022.  The latest figures from the Bank of England show there are £17.6 billion’s worth still floating around. These notes will no longer be useable from 30 September 2022 and many shops are already not accepting them. The same deadline also applies to £20 and £50 notes still in circulation that have been separately issued by various Scottish and Northern Irish banks (although AIB Group has said it will stop accepting these notes from 30 June this year). The move follows the release of new polymer versions in 2020, which were created to try to reduce counterfeiting.

Trolley Tokens – we have a supply of trolley tokens.  You can purchase these from us for £1.00 each at a Forum Meeting/event or for £2.00 if you wish this to be posted to you.  Please leave a message on Tel. 07915 477009 or email info@ho50s.org.uk

100,000 older Londoners on low incomes missing out on pension credit

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Age UK London have joined forces to support eligible Londoners to apply for Pension Credit.  This comes amid the worsening cost of living crisis, with data revealing older people in London are amongst those worst affected.

Even before the latest crisis, more than a million older people in Britain were already living in fuel poverty and many more risked their health by rationing food and heating to keep bills down. The Mayor continues to do all he can to support Londoners and help tackle the cost of living crisis in the capital, including starting record numbers of affordable homes, quadrupling the number of Living Wage accredited employers and continuing the TfL Hopper fare. He also urges the Government to do more to tackle the rising cost of living and help those most in need.

More information on Pension Credits can be found here 

If you would like to speak to someone for more information on Pension Credit, please call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 055 6112. 

Along with extra income, Pension Credit entitles recipients to:

A £25 Cold Weather Payment (when the temperature is 0°C or below for seven days in a row).

Housing Benefit to private renters

Possible help with mortgage interest, ground rent and service charges to homeowners

Council Tax discounts (unless other people live with them).

Carer Premium; or Carer Addition, if they have caring responsibilities

A free TV licence, if they are aged 75 or over.

Possible access to low-cost broadband and phone services.

Whittington Health

Consultation on proposal to move services to Wood Green – There’s still time for you to have your say – survey closes May 18th 2022
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Whittington Health has two adult community health service hubs in the east and west of the borough, at Hornsey Central Neighbourhood Health Centre and Lordship Lane Primary Care Centre. There is currently no central Haringey health hub.

People who live in central Haringey currently use services run by Whittington from: Bounds Green Health Centre, Stuart Crescent Health Centre and St Ann’s Hospital. The proposal is to co-locate services that are currently based at these three sites in Wood Green, potentially within The Mall shopping centre.  The new hub will be modern, fit for purpose, and include primary care, other NHS services, and Council services. Whittington Health have been running a survey and several in-person and online events to get feedback from local people. Find out more about the Wood Green Consultation on the Whittington Health website.

If you have been a patient or service user at one of the services involved in the proposals (between January 2019 – January 2022) you will have been written to directly. Everyone else is invited to share their views using the online survey, by tapping the button below.

Survey

If you have a specific question, email or call and leave a voicemail. 020 7288 5674  or email engagement.whitthealth@nhs.net

Reminder about Upcoming Forum Events

Regular Thursday Coffee Morning at The Hub Café, Lordship Recreation Ground; 11am–1pm (This runs independently of the Forum now; a few members join in a great friendly regular group).

Informal Chat over tea/coffee & cake at DJ’s Burger and Grill Café, The Market Hall area of Wood Green Shopping City on Wednesday 27th April 2:30pm – 4pm A chance to get together and chat about issues or concerns that affect us or the borough. Everyone to order and pay the café directly.eminder: Hornsey and Tottenham/Wood Green Pensioners Groups

Feedback from HO50’s Forum’s March Meeting                 

About 20 people attended our meeting on scams where we talked mostly about doorstep and phone scams.  It was quite interactive with people telling either their stories about being scammed, it’s happened to us all, or giving advice on what to do.  Remember if it’s too good to be true, it’s probably a scam.

Here are a couple of examples of doorstep scams.

Rogue traders: A cold-caller may offer you a service you don’t really need. They may claim to have noticed something about your property that needs work, like a roof, and offer to fix it for cash or an inflated price.

Bogus officials: People claim to be from your utility company as a way of gaining access to your home. Always check the ID of any official, and if they’re genuine they won’t mind waiting while you check. 

Hard luck stories: Someone may come to your door and ask you to help them out with cash, ask to use your phone or claim they’re feeling unwell. The story is fake and intended to con you out of money or gain access to your home.

Some types of phone scams

Bank scam: Someone may call claiming to be from your bank telling you there’s a problem with your card or account. They may ask for your account or card details, including your PIN number. Remember your bank will never ask for your PIN number.

Computer repair scams: A scammer may call you claiming to be from the helpdesk of an IT firm, like Microsoft. They’ll tell you that your computer has a virus and will ask you to download ‘anti-virus software’, possibly at a cost.  This turns out to be spyware, used to get your personal details.

HMRC scams: You may get a call from someone claiming to be from HMRC saying there is an issue with your tax refund or an unpaid tax bill. Again, don’t be fooled by this. HMRC would never contact you this way and would never ask you to reveal personal financial information

Pensions and investment scams:  This is a call about an ‘unmissable’ investment opportunity, or offering you the opportunity to access your pension cash earlier. Nuisance calls about pensions are now illegal. If you receive a cold call about your pension, report it to the Information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1113. 

You can also block or prevent some cold calls register with the Telephone Preference Service – it’s free and it allows you to opt out of any unsolicited live telesales calls. This should reduce the number of cold calls you receive but may not block scammers.  You can call 0345 070 0707 or email tps@dma.org.uk to register.

If you have been scammed, please call the police on 101 and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.  They also have a website www.actionfraud.police.uk/

What did I miss during the lock down? Poem by Rajes Bala, HO50’s member

The list of my memories will be long, but some were repeated daily in my thoughts,

As at times I loved to engage with the daily show through my windows.

I cried and missed – my boys and grandkids who are out of London

Tasty meals and sweets with so much love from my relations I truly missed.

I sadly missed the walks and talks with my friends around London.

I missed the face-to-face meeting with my social group.

I missed the children’s noises and voices in the school hours in my street,

The lady in her electric chair with a hissing sound who goes daily via my road,

The old man walking slowly with his chatty grand kids to school,

The beautiful young lady with high heels passing by my house like a model in a TV ad.

The old lady next door who walks with a black coat and handbag to the shop in town

Naughty teenagers making noise on their way to school.

A handsome young man walking fast as he is going to miss the train.

I definitely missed Lynda who takes her funny looking three dogs for a walk.

I loved to see the mother who says good morning to me when she sees me in my front garden

I really missed my friends whom I loved to have over for lunch or dinner and a chat.

How can I not miss my passion of going to concerts and the cinema whenever I could?

I missed the normalcy in life as the constant fear of death and ill every day.

HALS – Haringey Adult Learning Service – UPDATE

Remember the course will start on 25th April, in the HALS suite on the second floor of the Wood Green library. Every Monday afternoon till July, 12.30 to 3. (That’s why we may change the day of the week for the monthly meetings at this time).  If you haven’t already put your name down, do give Anne a ring on 07915 477009 or e-mail info@ho50s.org.uk.

HALS need to see some documents from each person in order to enrol them. You can bring them to the first class, although if you can drop into HALS in the course of a shopping trip before then, that would save a lot of time in the first class itself.  

They want proof of four things; your name, date of birth, (for example on your pension documents, passport or driving licence), then proof of your address on a separate document, like a utility bill or tax letter. They also need your national insurance number (probably on your pension documents or something from HMRC).

Joyce and/or Anne will be on hand at each class if we can. If you have any problems about accessibility or other issues please let us know.

Sewn Together Health & Wellbeing Beauty Fair for resilience and recovery The Transmitter Room Alexandra Palace Alexandra Palace Way London N22 7AY

Coffin Club UK is a not-for-profit movement which provides funeral advice and information to help you take control of your end-of-life decisions.  At Coffin Club North London, you can find out everything you need to know and more about planning a funeral practically, financially and creatively, whether it be your own or somebody else’s.  Coffin Club is fun, friendly and informative with a series of talks and discussions on a variety of subjects: how to find a good funeral director with lots of ideas about how not to break the bank. Your end-of-life considerations and legal obligations; and how to create a meaningful and memorable send-off alongside a coffin decorating workshop. If you’d like to leave your family clear instructions about what to do when you die but don’t know where to start Coffin Club is the place for you.

You are welcome to attend all the sessions or only those that that especially appeal to you. All are free to attend with donations welcome on the day.  See Eventbrite  for more details and to book your place. Refreshments provided.  Tel: 07930 939 998 or email coffinclublondon@gmail.com

10th May 10.00 – 1.00 Funeral choices and budget What happens to our body when we die? Cremation, burial or leaving your body to science? What is the role of a funeral director and how do we find a good one? How much does it all cost, how to make sure we don’t break the bank and what we can do if we don’t have any money at all.

14th May 11.00 – 4.00 Ceremonies and coffins

11-.00 – 4.00 coffin painting and decorating. A coffin will be assembled and painted, an artist on hand to advise and demonstrate and we encourage you to join in. You’ll be able to see some of the coffin and shroud choices available.

2.00 – 4.00 ceremony and ritual. How to create a meaningful and personal funeral ceremony. This is an interactive session where you’ll be invited to create a ceremony together and to talk about a person close to you that has died as part of the ceremony – bring a candle, a poem, an item that reminds you of them, a message to hang on our memory tree. There’ll be people on hand to answer any questions you’ve got about organising a funeral. Refreshments served throughout the day.

24th May 10.00 – 1.00 End of life considerations

A solicitor will talk about the importance of making a will & lasting power of attorney; includes a presentation on the role of a hospice & End of Life Doula.

31st May 10.00- 1.00 Let’s talk

An open session to talk about anything that’s come up for you during our workshops, we’ll answer any questions you still have and take the space to talk about all things death and dying, life and living.

Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
APRIL 16th 17th Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 18th Easter Monday Bank Holiday 19th Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) Nordic Walking/ Yoga (L.  Hub). Badminton, & Move it or Lose it Exercise Class, Broadwater Farm   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) See above   HO50s  Meeting (see front page for details) 27th Informal meet up at DJ’s – see previous page for details 28th Coffee Morning at Lordship Hub 11-1pm   29th Knit & Natter (see above)
30th May 1ST Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 2nd   3rd Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) See above   4th 5TH Coffee Morning at Lordship Hub 11-1pm     6th Knit & Natter (see above)
7th 8th Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 9th 10th Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) See above   Tottenham & WG Pensioners Meeting 2-4pm Gold Room, Tottenham Green Leisure Centre 11th 12th Coffee Morning at Lordship Hub 11-1pm   13th Knit & Natter (see above)
14th 15th Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 16th 17th Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) See above   18th Hornsey Pensioners Action Group Meeting @1:30 Hornsey parish Church   19th Coffee Morning at Lordship Hub 11-1pm   20th Knit & Natter (see above)
21st 22nd Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 23rd 24th Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) See above) 25th 26th   27th Knit & Natter (see above)

Address:  c/o Public Voice, Tottenham Town Hall, Town Hall Approach Road, London, N15 4RX 

Web site: www.ho50s.org.uk/     

Email address:  info@ho50s.org.uk

Tel. 07915 477009