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REQUEST FOR FEEDBACK ON LONELINESS IN OLD AGE  The Department for Culture, Media and Sports have set up a  Loneliness Network – Older People Task and Finish Group. It’s made up of organisations who support, and care about, people in later life, led by co-chairs Independent Age and the Alzheimer’s Society.  The task force is investigating how the pandemic has affected services and charities which combat loneliness for those in later life, and the people who use them or volunteer for them.  They have launched two online surveys to help gather information to inform their recommendations:
  • The first asks about people’s personal experience of the COVID pandemic and whether it has affected their feelings of loneliness. It also later asks for anyone with volunteering experience during the pandemic to share their thoughts: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/96MNVDK
  • The second seeks views of organisations that deliver services to people in later life which aim to combat loneliness: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/V27VWX5 .
Please pass these onto other individuals and organisations – the closing date is the 22nd of November. JOIN A FOCUS GROUP ABOUT CERVICAL CANCER AND SCREENING Embrace UK at the Selby Centre are recruiting women for focus groups  to better understand the reasons why cervical screening uptake is particularly low in some communities across Haringey and increase screening participation amongst these groups. The findings from each focus group will be used to incentivise screening promotion and other local initiatives to increase coverage. Each focus group should last approximately one hour and can be carried out either virtually (MS Teams or Zoom) or – if conditions permit in the New Year – face to face. They are looking for Black, Asian or Minority Ethnicwomen aged 25-64 who live in Bounds Green, Wood Green, White Hart Lane, Tottenham and Northumberland Park areas .You can get a £25 voucher for taking part. To sign up, of for more information, contact Alice Ekwalla at Embrace UK, 020 8801 9224  (ext 219) or 080 8168 0155 – Free Phone. You can do that up to the end of December. Fighting the virus – how to play your part The Forum has been asked by Reach and Connect to help spread the word about the safety measures everyone should be taking about COVID 19. The basic message is Hands (wash them frequently); Face (cover both nose and mouth with a mask) and Space (keep 2m apart from other people wherever you can). Simple isn’t it?  But we all see people on buses and in the shops who aren’t doing the face and space bits. We’ve offered to help distribute leaflets through our membership. Please use the leaflets that come with this newsletter – or will reach you by post shortly – in any way you can, but especially:- * please put one in a ground floor window where everyone who passes can see it * ask your local shops to display one in their window * give them to friends and neighbours and ask them to display them too. Ask for more if you can use them. And please tell us what reactions and feedback you get