Welcome to Haringey Over 50s Forum Newsletter
Dear members and Supporters ‘We had a combined committee meeting and ‘chatter’ – on zoom again – on 22 June. The minutes are rather long, because it was a very complex meeting. If you would like to see them please e-mail email@example.com.
Our next meeting, again open to anyone who’s a member or interested in joining the Forum, will be on Monday 20 July at 2pm. Joining instructions will be sent out in our next newsletter which will reach members well before then. They will also be posted here when we put up that newsletter on this site. ‘
June 2020 PHONE CALLS, ZOOM MEETINGS AND LOCK DOWN SUPPORT
During ‘lockdown’ we’re trying to communicate with members a bit more frequently to make up for the lack of real meetings and face to face contacts. We’ve had a group of Forum volunteers phoning round the membership twice since March and will keep the need for this under review. Through the phone calls we’ve been able to help a few people who had problems about shopping, council tax, and other issues…and some who were feeling isolated just wanted to chat for a few minutes.
For anyone who needs help during lockdown the Reach and Connect team are also at hand on 020 3196 1905and can arrange emergency food deliveries, prescription fetching and much more.
We’ll be having another combined ‘Morrisons Chatter’ and committee meeting online through Zoom on June 22nd at 2pm. This time we’re hoping that people who don’t do things online can just participate by phoning in, which requires a different kind of Zoom account – we’re working on setting one up. Drop us an e-mail if you would like to join in this meeting and we will send you the link to it plus the agenda when we book the meeting, which has to be done nearer the time.
We’re looking for new committee members – see http://ho50s.org.uk/me/ for details. We’d like to gear up the Forum to spring into new activities – social, public meetings, talks, films etc. – as soon as lockdown ends. And meanwhile it’s ever more important to be making older people’s voices heard to the Council and other public bodies, on social care, access to services and many other issues.
MEETING FRIENDS IN PARKS IS NOW OK!
The latest lockdown rules do now permit you to meet up to five other people from different households in a park…provided you all stay 2m apart from each other. How about meeting up with some other Forum members?
There may be members you don’t know living in your street or one very nearby. If you would like to be put in touch with up to 5 other Forum members living within a few minutes walk of your home, let us know by e-mail and we’ll send you the names and phone numbers or e-mails of anyone else who wants to share their own details – then you can see if a park chat or a ‘distanced’ stroll together with one or two others is possible. We will definitely not pass on anyone’s details – unless you have given us permission to do so for this purpose. Generally we are very careful about confidentiality and would never pass on a member’s contact details without them giving their personal permission for some particular reason.
Warm dry weather is forecast to return by 14June and we hope this will give everyone the chance for some sunshine.
ONLINE SHOPPING EXPLAINED (for older people & carers)
Clear Community Webtells us:-
We are running sessions for older people and carers to help simplify online shopping for those that may be thinking about starting to do this.
We will focus on food shopping initially, its benefits, creating shopping basket and safety. You can make good use of a supermarket website even without purchasing as it can help with choosing your items, nutrition advice and budgeting.
There is a one-off session on 15th June at 2pm. But more may be provided if there is the demand.
If you would like to attend you can sign up on Eventbrite, email Caspar Kennerdale at firstname.lastname@example.org , or call or send a WhatsApp on 07523 646 277 to get the Zoom link.
ONLINE ADVICE ABOUT SCAMS
Lockdown is unfortunately giving criminals an opportunity to pretend to help people or to be representing officials trying to track infection. And the usual trickle of computer-based scams continues to try to get your passwords, bank details and so on. Be aware, find out what to do and share your scam problems with people who have figured out how to combat fraudsters:-
Public Voice is inviting you to a scheduled Scam awareness discussion run by the Haringey Advice Partnership (HAP):-
Jun 15, 2020 11:30
(if you miss it, e-mail email@example.com and we’ll send you some useful tips that came out of previous webinar they did))
On the day…Join Zoom Meeting by clicking the following link
Meeting ID: 998 0515 7169. No password is needed
On a mobile phone you can use ‘one tap mobile’
Dial from a landline on any of the following numbers:-
0208 080 6591, 0208 080 6592 , 0330 088 5830, 0131 460 1196
0203 481 5237, 0203 481 5240
You will need the Meeting ID: 998 0515 7169
COUNCIL PARKING CHARGES – CONSULTATION
Haringey wants to raise parking charges to reduce traffic and pollution. They are consulting the public now, so have your say on https://www.haringey.gov.uk/parking…/parking/parking–consultations/ current-parking–consultations
AND NOW FOR RELAXATION…
An interesting blog written by a member:-
YOGA WITH EM – OPEN LEVEL YOGA CLASS
Incorporating relaxation and breathing exercises. Run by a teacher who normally does sessions at the Lordship Hub, which obviously is now a closed venue because of lockdown.
Cost £5 per session.Contactemilyjadebeaumont@icloud.com
UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE
If you’re feeling that life now begins on Zoom, why not join U3A? Lots of talks and discussions online…accessible to members for a normal annual subscription of £35, they have a special offer for those who join in July of membership for only £17.50. See https://cedu3a.org.uk/membership-2/