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Focus Group Cervical Cancer Screening BAME communities

Date: Friday 23rd October 

Time: 1.30pm – 6.00 pm   ( 3 one-hour workshop groups of 4 participants )

2.00pm pm – 3.00pm   3.30pm- 4.30pm – 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Location: Chestnuts Community Centre 

280 St Ann’s Road 

Tottenham London N15 

Date Saturday 24th October 

10.30am – 3.00 pm  ( 3 one-hour workshops 4 participants )

11.00 am – 12.00 noon   12.30 – 1.30 pm –   2.00 pm 3.00 pm 

Location:  Wood Green Central Library 

                   Business Lounge 

                   187- 197a Wood Green High Road London N22 6XD

Locations dates and times for the rest of October and November will be confirmed including zoom and ms teams

Oct: 26, 30

Nov: 2,3,5,6,11,14,19,20,23,25,27,30

Dec: 2,3

If you have any questions please feel free to contact 

Sonja Camara

Engagement and Outreach For All

Sewn Together 

Empowering Creative Communities 

mob)  07778224342  or  07738962898

Invitation to Focus Group Cervical cancer screening can save lives. Help us understand why more women in your community are not taking up cervical screening. • Are you a Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic woman aged 25-49 and 50-64? • We are looking for women living in the following wards of Haringey • Seven Sisters, St Ann’s, West Green, Tottenham Green/Hale, Harringay Noel Park, Bruce Grove to take part in a focus group. • Groups conducted either online or at a community venue (following Covid-19 safety precautions). The main aim of these focus groups is to start the conversation to better understand the reasons why cervical screening uptake is particularly low in some communities across Haringey and increase screening participation amongst BAME groups. Your views on how to remove barriers and increase uptake will directly feed into Public Health Haringey’s plans. You will receive a gift for attendance, and the chance to help improve women’s health. Booking essential please contact Sonja M:07778224342; email: For additional group participation please contact Sonja Camara.

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NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2020                                                    

In this edition:

* Looking to go out? Films, talks, discussion, exhibitions, yoga and fitness, watercolour painting

* Getting online – bargain tablets for our members

* The Haringey Together Citizens’ Panel

Energy Advice

* COVID testing

* Golden Lives – new online social activities

* Our next meeting (still online for the time being) and potential changes in the way doctors work

Looking to go out?

Despite the ‘second wave’ looming, we can go out to play now…carefully. For London the ‘rule of six’ applies to meeting people from other households both indoors and out. Make the most of that while you can to have a coffee with a friend or go for a walk in a park. If you’ve got a mobile, join our Whatsapp group and see if you can get together with one or two other members.

Whoopee!  A few places are opening up again…Thanks to Haringey libraries for an amazing programme for Black History Month (see below) and to the Crouch End Art House cinema, for re-opening with a great film selection and some exciting live streamed  or recorded theatre performances. (They’ve taken out half the seats to make sure you are 2m away from other audience members, though everyone wears mask throughout the show). Lordship Rec Hub (the community centre in the Lordship Recreation Ground) is running Silverfit exercise groups and also watercolour painting, amongst other things.

Black History Month

For full details of events both face to face and online see Below are the key events you can go out to:-

For ALL events (except the exhibitions) booking is essential on 0208 489 2700. Places are limited, spacing people out to maintain social distancing. 


Alexandra Park Library; WINDSTORM ARTS; prints, posters and authentic Bermuda kites by Anthony Young; to help contribute to the experiences and narratives of people from African Caribbean descent

Marcus Garvey Library; Local artist Sharon Foster, ‘Beautiful’ – you can also attend a talk by the artist from 1-3pm on Saturday  17 Oct . Book for the talk on 0208 489 2700

Bruce Castle Museum – from Oct. 21; Going Back to Our Roots: The Dyke & Dryden Story in Tottenham – 55 Years Ago – the story of a black-led enterprise which achieved great things in the world of hair and beauty products.

Free Films at the Marcus Garvey Library:

Thursday 15 Oct.; I Am Not Your Negro (starring James Baldwin & Raul Peck); 1-3pm.

Thursday 22 Oct; Carmen – an adaptation of Bizet’s opera, starring Harry Belafonte; 1-3pm.

Thursday 29th Oct; Harriet – the heroic story of Harriet Tubman of ‘underground railroad’ fame, the escaped slave who helped other slaves to escape in the USA, 1-3pm.

Friday 30th Oct: Imitation of Life, 1-3pm. A 1934 film starring Claudette Colbert

Free Film day at Hornsey Library

Sat. 24 Oct; 11a.m. to 4.30pm; a screening of Black History related silent films… all day in total silence!

Talks at Marcus Garvey Library (Booking essential – call 0208 489 2700):-

Marcus Garvey Library, Weds. 21 October, 6 to 7pm; In Conversation: On Diaspora. Join  James Messam as he reflects on- what is ‘home’, where is ‘home’, what has been lost and what has been gained?

Marcus Garvey Library Friday 23 Oct, 5 to 6pm; Author and anti FGM activist Hibo Wardere will be talking about her book CUT – One Women’s Fight Against FGM in Britain Today.

Book club at Hornsey Library; Thursday 29 Oct, 5 – 6.30pm. Discussion of Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. Booking essential on 020 8489 2700.

Lordship Hub – watercolour painting class

Every Monday 11am to 1pm. First session free, then £30 per month. Bring own materials. Contact Catherine Collingborn,

Lordship Hub -Silverfit exercise for the over 45s

Nordic Walking, Yoga (2 sessions 11 and 12.15) and Badminton. Every Tuesday at 11 am. Call 07721 419518 for details. Free for over 60s, younger ones £5 membership then £1/session.

The Haringey Together Citizens’ Panel

A place for Haringey residents to have their say on the issues that affect them and the place they live. Sign up on Panel members will be invited to regular activities, from surveys to discussion groups, on a range of topics from improving and strengthening community relations to making sure the Council delivers better services that meet Haringey people’s needs. 

Getting online – bargain tablets for our members

We have acquired some bargain tablet computers – Huawei Media Pad 8 inch model for £30, 7 inch model for £10. These are offered to members at cost price. E-mail or phone 07915 477009 to apply for one. Gentle reminder that you must have your sub paid up to date first! Priority will be given to those who don’t already have a computer or a smartphone.

They are very easy to use – just like a giant Android mobile phone, but with a far bigger screen and keyboard, and better sound. Once online you can shop for delivered food, clothes and gadgets, join in Zoom classes and meetings, do Whatsapp and Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends, and access many public services without hanging on the phone line.

Technical support on how to set up and use them can be given by Coffee and Computers – we’ll send details to whoever buys one. And with the help of local charity Generation Exchange, we may be able to arrange some 16-18 year old students to help in the New Year, in the way Haringey Age UK once did so successfully. We’re even wondering about publishing a paper guide to getting online for beginners…. Tell us if you would like to help as a writer, or a ‘guinea-pig’ reader to see what works for people.

Energy Advice

Keeping fuel bills down and keeping warm is ever more important as the cold weather approaches. Contact 0300 365 3005 or for advice on draught-proofing, grants to help with fuel bills, switching to a cheaper energy provider, and more. It’s a  free service to people with long term health conditions, low income, or energy costs over 10% of income.

COVID testing

If you think you have symptoms, try phoning 119 to order a home testing kit. There is a testing centre at Alexandra Palace, but you have to book an appointment online. See for how to do that. You can’t get a test at a centre without an appointment. You need a mobile phone and an e-mail address, though not a car – if you have an appointment, you can turn up on foot. (Obviously don’t go on a bus if you think you might be infectious!). Appointments are hard to get – this is because of capacity in the testing labs, rather than because of a shortage of tests themselves.

Golden Lives

A new set of online social activities, exercise classes, ESOL and IT classes, plus advice on benefits and pensions aimed especially at minority ethnic groups and refugees . Run by Embrace UK from the Selby Centre in Tottenham. See flyer attached.

Our next meeting – still online for the time being

We will have another open committee meeting combined with a ‘chatter’ on Monday Oct. 19th at 2pm.  Any member is very welcome to take part. See below  how to join the ‘zoom’ session. You can also take part with a landline telephone – just contact Paulina at Public Voice (call 0203 196 1900) in advance and she will set you up.

Amongst other things we can discuss changes in the way doctors are working. There’s a move in the NHS to save GPs time, and reduce the risk patients at the surgery will infect staff or each other, by having people phone their GP or have an online consultation to see if they can get what they need without coming to the surgery. ‘Online’ consultations mean you and the doctor can see each other, but they are not for everyone – we know about half our membership don’t have e-mail, which suggests you don’t have computers or smartphones either. What can we do to make sure ‘phone or visit’ remain easy-to-get  options for older people?

Join Zoom Meeting; 

Meeting ID: 999 3757 9289

One tap mobile; 02080806592,,99937579289 or 03300885830,,99937579289

Dial in from any phone:  0208 080 6592 or 0330 088 5830

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: 


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 or call Paulina, our support worker in the Public Voice office, on 0203196 1900. More details on the web site,


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:-;   Meeting ID: 989 7794 6595

One tap mobile; 02080806591,98977946595


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.


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: Or you can phone on 020 3196 1905.


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 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.


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 or see their various how-to-do-it guides on


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 ‘’ 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;

Or phone 0300 123 2040.


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 or phone 020 3196 1905.

Tuesday 8th September


Tuesday 15th September