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NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2020                                                    

In this edition… and sorry about the smaller print, so much to tell this time!

* Details of our next online meeting on Monday Nov. 23rd

* Fun stuff – online art sessions, films to watch, a new choir

* Tablets still on offer, and lots more new help with getting online

* Paying your subscription

* Campaigns – the Freedom Pass, keeping the option to see your GP face to face

* Whatsapp group

* Helping each other; phone-arounds and walking buddies

* Take part in research and consultations

* Fighting the virus – how to play your part

Next meeting; Monday 23rd November 2pm

We will have another open committee meeting combined with a ‘chatter’ on Monday Nov 23rd 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 – see below or just contact Paulina at Public Voice (call 0203 196 1900) in advance and she will set you up.

To join Zoom Meeting click or copy; Meeting ID: 988 5272 6711

One tap mobile02039017895,98852726711 or 02080806591,98852726711

Dial from a landline: 0203 901 7895,0208 080 6591

Fun stuff


See for some interesting films offered by the RIO in Dalston for you to watch on your computer at home. Better still if you can link the computer to a TV screen with that handy thing called an HDMI cable. The ‘book tickets’ procedure is easier than you think…you click, put in credit card details etc likebuying anything else on line, then they e-mail you a link that you click to actually watch the film. Beware it’s only valid for 48 hours, but otherwise plain sailing.

Other  online films  like Luxor and Love Child are being offered by Rich Mix and a few other cinemas.

VIRTUAL FIRE CHOIREvery week, Mondays 7pm • Online A new singing opportunity  for soul-raising and spirit-lifting group singing. These sessions are open to anyone who wants to sing. Donations are welcome from those who are able to pay.

The link is


An art teacher associated with the Wellness Café at Alexandra Palace has put together some wonderful instructions about how to make colourful prints from vegetables, leaves and other natural objects. Click on the link below:-

Cheap tablets and other new opportunities to help you get online

Sadly, lockdown means life is still very much with screens rather than real faces. But don’t miss out – we still have several Huawei tablets for sale at £30 and a couple of little ones at even £10. Leave a message or text on 07915 477009 for your treasurer Anne Gray if you would like one. They come with a 2-page guide about how to get it going and we’ll shortly be putting more resources to help you with computers, tablets and mobiles on the web site.

The internet is getting so important and opens up so many opportunities – online entertainment, shopping and deliveries, meetings, and online classes, video calls with friends and relatives across the world through Skype, easier communication with the Council and many other public services, information about anything under the sun from cooking recipes to history; also e-books,  catch-up TV, free music and lots more. Don’t miss out… it may be an effort at first, but then you’ll wonder how you ever did without!

And great news – the local inter-generational charity  Generation Exchange have just announced two wonderful new projects:-

1. Laptops and tablets on loan;

Generation Exchange are able to offer a limited number of reconditioned laptops and new Samsung tablets to older people to use on loan. Priority will be given to those who do not have another suitable device to make video calls, join in other online activities or search the internet to enable you to stay connected. If you have any questions or you think this applies to you or anyone in your network over 60+ and resident in Haringey or Enfield, please do get in touch. They  will also help you get set up which will be done remotely. Please get in touch as soon as possible as devices are limited. Contact Leonie on: 07713937811  or

2. IT EXCHANGE- Intergenerational digital inclusion project

Generation Exchange says: We are delighted to be able to run a modified version of our IT Exchange programme with our partner schools in Haringey and Enfield from the new year. This project is funded with the support of the Charity of Sir Richard Whittington and uses the skills of young volunteers aged 16-18 from our partner schools to support older people to improve their digital skills. The project will use Zoom or Microsoft Teams so you will be able to access it from home. Help will be provided to get you set up and confident using zoom or teams before the project is in full swing! The programme will run once a week for 9 weeks and sessions will be an hour long with a mixture of group learning and socials in a fun and supportive environment. To find out more please contact Leonie by the beginning of December on 07713937811 or

Meanwhile, Coffee and Computers can provide online help with particular tablet, phone and computer problems if you’re stuck…

Every Thursday at 10.30 there’s a  C&C GET-TOGETHER
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Meeting ID: 857 3856 6709,  Passcode: 694503. Same link, ID & P/W every week until further notice

And; Every Tuesday at 14.00; FIVE BELLS COMPUTER CLUB

To receive a link to the next session, click here


Paying your sub

If there’s an x at the top of your e-mail or on your envelope, that means your subscription is due. It’s still only £5. Cheques please to the address at the top of this newsletter, or bank transfers to Haringey over 50s Forum, sort code 08 92 99, account number 65525931.

Campaigns – the Freedom Pass, keeping the option to see your GP face to face

Thousands of people signed petitions asking the Mayor of London and the government to keep the Freedom Pass, which was under threat recently because Transport for London has been so short of money due to the pandemic. Finally, the government has agreed not to make TfL drop travel concessions as a condition of more funding. But only for six months!  After that there’s a risk that older Londoners might only be able to use the Freedom Pass on buses, losing the extra concessions on trains and tubes which are special for London and not protected by national legislation. So we’ll keep campaigning,led by Age UK London and the Greater London Forum for Older People who have been great.

Haringey over 50s Forum officers also wrote several e-mails to the CCG and local councillors about the need to keep an option of face to face consultation with your GP. We understand the CCG has been hoping to replace up to 80% of face to face surgery appointments with phone calls and online conversations, not just for the pandemic but longer term. But there are so many difficulties with both, especially for older people, so we’ve pushed for face to face appointments always to be an option.

You still CAN actually see a doctor if you need to.Doctors are trying to work remotely from patients, naturally to reduce the risk that they or their staff get infected – or that patients get infected from each other in the surgery. We all need to try to understand that and use phone conversations if we can. But don’t think your GP has closed because of the pandemic. Ask to be face to face if it won’t work for you otherwise.

Whatsapp group

We’ve been chatting about the Freedom Pass campaign, doctors’ appointments, the council’s Carers’ Strategy and other interesting things in the Forum Whatsapp group. If you and your mobile phone would like to join, send a text to JamesCowling on 07802 294048.

Solidarity with each other; phone-arounds, walking buddies, coffee in parks

Every few weeks we are trying to phone round the membership to see if people are ok during the pandemic and if they have needs or queries that we can help with by means of various contacts and information. We need some more people to share this. If you could volunteer to phone a few people each month, please contact Anne – text or voice message 07915 477009.

And remember that despite lockdown you can still go for a walk with one other person or get a takeaway coffee to sit (2m apart !) in a number of local parks that still have cafes open for takeaways. If you’d like to meet another member to do that, join the Whatsapp group or leave a message for Anne on  07915 477009. So far, we’ve found nice cafes to do this in the Lordship Rec, Downhills Park, Chestnuts Park by St Ann’s Hospital, and Stationers’ Park in Crouch End. Know of any others?

Take part in research and consultations


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:
  • The second seeks views of organisations that deliver services to people in later life which aim to combat loneliness: .

Please pass these onto other individuals and organisations – the closing date is the 22nd of November.


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.