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LIBRARIES – UPDATE ON SERVICES

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.

A FRIENDLY PHONE CALL

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: https://reachandconnect.net/get-support/telephone-friendship. Or you can phone on 020 3196 1905.

GETTING TOGETHER WITH OTHER FORUM MEMBERS

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 info@ho50s.org.uk. 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.

CHALLENGING  ONLINE-ONLY COMPANIES

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  info@coffeecomputers.org or see their various how-to-do-it guides on http://coffeecomputers.org/.

SCAMS TO BEWARE OF

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 ‘gov.uk’ 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; https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Or phone 0300 123 2040.

ENERGY ADVICE – TO HELP YOU SPEND LESS AND KEEP WARM

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 hello@reachandconnect.net or phone 020 3196 1905.

Tuesday 8th September

Click https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/energy-advice-workshop-for-over-50s-3-on-zoom-tickets-112079290174

Tuesday 15th September

Click https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/energy-advice-workshop-for-over-50s-4-on-zoom-tickets-112079438618

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