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April newsletter 2021;

Next meeting26th April (and for your diary; 24th May too)

* Help spread the message about fighting the pandemic

* The Forum’s new Chair… and good news about funding!

* Latest on the Toilet Campaign

*Freedom Pass and London Elections on May 6

* Some unwelcome changes in the NHS – what you can do about it

* Unlocking normal life! Indoor exercise classes are back

* Fun stuff;  have a laugh with Jacksons Lane; home cinema; walks

* Free food –request it or donate it

* Paying your sub

 

Next Forum meeting 26th April

Our next meeting will be again on Zoom – Monday 26 April at 2pm. We’ll send out the agenda on e-mail a few days beforehand, and it will be available during the meeting as well. The Zoom link is:-

https://zoom.us/j/95501653881?pwd=TXZJaHpkeEhRME54NEtCZWpEUk1Jdz09

Meeting ID: 955 0165 3881,  Passcode: 382470

One tap mobile:- +442039017895,,95501653881#,,,,*382470 or +442080806591,,95501653881#,,,,*382470

Dial in:  0203 901 7895 or  0208 080 6591

For any help needed with accessing the meeting on Zoom or by phone, please call Paulina on 0203 196 1901

 

Help spread the message about fighting the pandemic

Leaflets with this newsletter may help encourage your neighbours and fellow shoppers to follow needed precautions. Please put them in your window or in your local shops.

The Forum’s new Chair, and good news about funding

We are so pleased to be able to coopt a new Chair, Angie Buzzacott. Angie has volunteered to replace Gordon Peters, who is retiring after several years’ service in this position. Sincere thanks to Gordon for his hard work and dedication to the Forum, and many thanks to Angie for stepping in. Angie recently featured in Haringey People for her work on the Haringey Carers’ Strategy. As well as a very busy family carer, she also has many years’ experience as a tenants’ advocate.

We also just got an email saying we have been successful in our application for a lottery grant. For a whole year starting in June or July, we’ll be able to pay for some admin help, plus production and mailing costs to produce a bigger and better newsletter, enabling the volunteer officers to spend more time on meeting members and when lockdown ends, organising activities. More about this at our meeting on 26 April.

 

Latest on the Toilet Campaign

Roslyn has kindly made a list of park toilets in Haringey that are open despite lockdown. We will shortly post it on the web site. If you would like a paper copy or to ask about a particular park, please text 07915 477009, or leave a clear voice message with your name and number.

 

Latest on the Freedom Pass

All we know for now is that it stays till at least October and Sadiq Khan, the current London Mayor, is committed to keeping it after that. With a new different Mayor, we might be back to free bus travel only, no trains. So the May 6 London elections for Mayor and Assembly are very important. Make sure you’re registered to vote!  You can register to vote online up to 19 April on https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You’ll need to provide your National Insurance number, your date of birth and your address. You can find out about the candidates and write to them onhttps://www.londonelects.org.uk/ . So far none of them mention the Freedom Pass explicitly in their statements there.

 

 

Some unwelcome changes in the NHS – what you can do about it

The Laurels practice in St Ann’s Road is one of 49 across London that have just been sold to Operose, a UK subsidiary of American multi-national Centene. Another is in Palmers Green. If this sounds alarming, it may well be – find out more on https://keepournhspublic.com/centene-takeover-gp-services/ orhttps://www.pgweb.uk/forum/health-services/1245-alarm-raised-as-giant-us-corporation-moves-in-on-london-gp-practices. Centene is actually being taken to court in the USA for not providing enough doctors in the health centres it runs!There’s a petition you can sign to the government on https://weownit.org.uk/act-now/stop-sell-49-gp-practices. You could also write to your MP or local councillors. A very good letter from several London council leaders went to Health Secretary Matt Hancock. You can see it on the ‘pgweb’ website mentioned above. We’ve asked Haringey Council why they didn’t sign!  There’s also a good leaflet written by the Haringey branch of Keep Our NHS Public which you can get from rodwells1@hotmail.co.uk, or leave a message on the over 50s phone and we’ll get you a copy.

 

Unlocking normal life

Indoor exercise classes will be able to re-start soon. It’s going to happen at the Hornsey Vale Community Centre, and maybe others.  Already we can now meet outdoors in groups of six – relaxed park coffees are now possible, so the Forum’s Whatsapp group provides a way to arrange some meet-ups.

 

Fun stuff – have a laugh with Jackson’s Lane; home cinema; walks

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Jacksons Lane have designed a programme of online creative workshops to ignite laughter and ease anxieties and frustrations that so many of us are feeling after lockdown. See https://www.jacksonslane.org.uk/donate-support/feeling-good/laughter-is-the-best-medicine . There’scomedy, clowning, and other ways to relax.

Home cinema

Have you discovered the full range of watch-at-home offerings from the Curzon chain?  See https://www.curzonhomecinema.com/collections/  for a much larger range of films than the few ‘what’s on’ titles that they front-page. Prices from £3.99 upwards!

‘Greater London Walks’ are planning a series of free historical walks around Haringey, with sociable planning meetings in park cafes in May. Go along, meet people, see what you’d all like to learn about! https://greaterlondonwalks.com/free-historical-walks-in-haringey/

 

Free food if you need it; if not please support others who do

At the Lordship Rec Hub; EVERY THURSDAY 12-3pm FREE FOOD THURSDAYS. Free hot meal, breakfast package and meal package for all who are struggling in these hard times. If you would like to make a donation for this project to Lordship Hub by bank transfer, the details are:
LREH Co-operative Ltd, Sort code: 089299, Account No: 65707911 (please reference DONATION)

The Selby Centre Food Bank  offers free food to all in need, without any formal ‘referral’ or voucher. Check opening hours on 020 8885 5499Donations also needed.

‘Lunch club’ has gone into delivery mode

Hornsey Vale Community Centre has turned its former lunch club into a delivery service for home-bound people. If you are over 60 and live alone or with a long-term health condition, and you are interested in trying a meal, do get in touch: 020 8348 4612; info@hornseyvale.org

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, aka Haringey Forum for Older People,sort code 08 92 99, account number 65525931. Thanks! (If you can’t pay except in cash, maybe we can drop round? But no pressure!)

Ask Paulina

Paulina Laurel is the Public Voice resident engagement officer for Haringey Advice Partnership, she provides signposting and connects residents with the support they need. She also helps the forum with the Admin and helping members with their queries. – about things like pension and benefits, grants for mobility equipment, getting support with your smartphone and internet, mental health and wellbeing.

If you have any question about the Newsletter activities or need any other information, get in touch with her:-

Phone: Paulina: 020 3196 1901Email: paulina.laurel-munoz@publicvoice.london

Questions about Forum membership

Please fill this in (if you didn’t already!)  and send it back anonymously, using our Freepost address. If you sent it last time, many thanks.

Freepost RTXY-BSRB-RCSS

Address:  c/o Public Voice, Tottenham Town Hall, Town Hall Approach Road, London, N15 4RX 

Or phone Paulina on 0203 196 1901 and she can record your answers, but she won’t record your name with them.

What is your age group? (please ring one group)

50-54   55-59    60-64   65-69    70-74   75-79    80-84    85 or older

Do you live on your own?

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What do you consider to be your ethnic group?

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Do you have a disability?

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How would you define your walking ability?

No difficulties…………    Can walk for 5-10 minutes ………………….

Walking is difficult, I prefer to avoid it………………

I’m a wheelchair user…………………………    I walk with a frame……………

How is your sight for reading? (that is, with glasses if you use them)

OK, no problems…………………………….Print needs to be really large……………………………

Reading is difficult whatever the type size……………………………….

I have to ask people to read things to me………………………………………..

How is your hearing?

OK, no problems…………………

I find it hard to have conversations with family and friends…………………..

I need to turn the TV volume higher than I used to…………

I struggle to understand people on the phone…………

I need to wear a hearing aid……………………………..

Do you have any visiting or live-in care or domestic help at home (not counting window cleaners, but do count relatives and friends who help you most weeks)?

 

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Internet use:-

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