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December/January Update & Events

Dear Haringey Over 50s Forum Members and Supporters;

Season’s Greetings!

I’m delighted to announce a new sponsor: Dignity Magazine. HO50 members can get a £3 reduction on a yearly subscription, £15 instead of £18. Our membership is only £5 a year. Dignity Magazine is a bi-monthly, current affairs title set up to help tackle the economic, health and social inequalities affecting the lives of older people, many of whom now find themselves disempowered when in the past they were proud, active and productive citizens. There are huge issues with pensioner poverty, loneliness and social isolation, and declining physical and emotional health. There are also big problems with ageism and marginalisation. Dignity Magazine aims to challenge this state of affairs by empowering readers to take charge of their lives and thrive. We provide informative and engaging news stories, step-by-step articles and in-depth features covering a range of subjects, such as money and pensions, employment and retirement, and health and social care. If you would like to subscribe to the magazine or find out more, call 0866 368 393 or visit www.dignitymagazine.co.uk

Stay Well, Stay Warm event :

for Haringey residents. Free energy advice, stalls, raffle, buffet and goody bags. Date:  Thursday 5th December 2019 Time: 12noon to 3.00pm Venue: Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, Function Room, 1 Philip Lane N15 4JA For more information call 0203 196 1905 or email hello@reachandconnect.net  Please see the enclosed leaflet for more information.  

Fortuna Christmas Event


More details to be announced in the coming weeks. Fortuna Mobility Centre is London’s largest showroom and training centre based in Enfield. It stocks many mobility aids and products to help make life easier for you and to help you live a more independently whether you have restricted movement, are disabled or elderly. If you are a paid up HO50s member, you get a discount of 10% on orders over £50.
Don’t miss our HO50s Christmas Drinks at the Green Rooms on Tuesday, 17 December. Come and raise a glass with other HO50s members from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. Please see the attached flyer for more information. The address is: The Green Rooms, 13-27 Station Road, Wood Green.

Women’s Drama Workshops 


Women HO50s members have another exciting opportunity to take part in a series of Drama Workshops in Tottenham run by professional tutors from Jacksons Lane Arts Centre. As part of the Women Rise project, the women-only sessions will be held on consecutive weeks in the run up to Christmas with a special Christmas crafting session on the final day
The details are:  Tuesday 3 December, Wednesday 11 December, Wednesday 18 December. The time for each session is: 12:00 – 13:30
See attached flyer for further details. The venue for all session is: The Bernie Grant Arts Centre –  EU Dance Studio, Town Hall Approach Rd, Tottenham Green, London N15 4RX. For more information and to book a place contact Joyce Sullivan  e: joyce.sullivan@publicvoice.london or Tel: 020 3196 1901
All sessions are free. No experience is necessary and good fun is guaranteed. So, come and join in –  learn new skills, meet new people, and maybe you’ll discover a talent you never knew you had!

Local Policing Update from Enfield & Haringey Police


“It’s definitely the festive season and time again to offer some crime prevention  advice around keeping your property and yourselves safe as this is sadly always a time of increased burglaries. If you are going to be with relatives over Christmas we would definitely recommend deterring thieves by using a timer to turn the lights and TV on and off and if you have a trusted friend or neighbour nearby, arrange for them to drop in and keep an eye on your place – they could even park on your driveway occasionally, to keep thieves guessing about when the coast might be clear. Ask them to move your bins back after rubbish collection day if you are away.  So many burglaries are purely opportunistic and there are plenty of things older residents can do to make it that bit harder for the burglar. If you are at home do try to keep presents out of sight from windows. And after Christmas is done and dusted, we would advise that you discreetly get rid of packaging – you don’t want to advertise the new TV or laptop that’s now taken up residence in your home.
Finally, in order to protect against distraction burglaries – where people trick or con their way into your home under the pretence of official business – please, please ask for identification at the door and even call the relevant company to ascertain they are who they say they are, before allowing them to gain entry into your home. We want all our older residents to know that they can contact their Safer Neighbourhood Team and ask them to come round for a security check. The SNT officer will then highlight any areas of concern from oversized hedges acting as cover to moving bins to a place where they cannot be used to climb on and safety locks on windows.
Let’s make this Christmas as safe and secure as possible. It’s a year since  Haringey Police merged with Enfield Police to form the North Area Borough Command Unit so from everyone at the North Area we would like to wish all the members of the Haringey Over 50s Forum a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year.”