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NEWSLETTER January 2021 Happy New Year all! Here’s hoping 2021 will see the welcome roll-out of the vaccines and a gradual end to the pandemic.

Meanwhile we’re trying to phone round the membership every few weeks to make sure people are ok and give them a chance of a few minutes chat.

Reach and Connect are also on hand if you have problems about food supplies or pharmacy supplies because you’re in quarantine or wary of stepping out – phone 020 3196 1905.

They can help with quite a few other everyday problems too. And if you’re feeling really alone, they can fix up a telephone buddy who will call you regularly for a chat and moral support. In this edition:- * Help with tablets, mobile phones and computers * Entertainment and exercise * Next meeting * Borough Plan consultation * Where are our public conveniences? * COVID tests for those without symptoms * Lifts to help people get vaccinated * Paying your su Tablets, mobile phones and computers We still have a few for sale if you would like one.

To get to grips with your tablet, mobile or computer, local charity Generation Exchange are offering a new project in which you can get advice from those know-all sixth formers….. it was in the November newsletter but here again are the details to remind you. Do sign up soon! They apparently have 5 places left. This project uses the skills of young volunteers aged 16-18 from Haringey and Enfield 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 on 07713 937811 or generationexchange2@gmail.com

Next Forum meeting 25 January Stand by for our next meeting on Zoom – Monday 25 January at 2pm. We’ll send out the agenda a few days beforehand to those who have joined in before. The Zoom link is:- https://zoom.us/j/94554118617?pwd=VkhLSVVZbjJDMC9kTUJhUktpWk0vQT09 Meeting ID: 945 5411 8617Passcode: 362040 One tap mobile+441314601196,,94554118617#,,,,*362040# Dial from landline 0131 460 1196 Entertainment and exercise: Some events you might like to join especially now it’s too cold to go for walks as much as we might want… Exercise classes and health advice online Try https://www.walkandtalkcic.com/ for a new project from 25 January Films online….

Try https://www.curzonhomecinema.com/content/in-cinemas-now Theatre online: try the National Theatre watch-at-home performances… coming soon they will put the Dick Whittington panto online for a bit of light relief; https://www.ntathome.com/browse None the less exercise is needed by us all even if it’s cold…. Meet up with a walking buddy, and chat about many things, through the Forum Whatsapp group. Leave a text message with your name and mobile number on our phone, 07915 477009, and James will put you on.

Consultations about the Borough Plan. The Borough Plan is being consulted on in two stages. The ‘First Steps’ is happening now and ends at the end of February. There are several online meetings you can join in. They go on into February about different topics. Here’s the page with all the online sessions for the ‘First Steps’ engagement:- https://haringeynewlocalplan.commonplace.is/proposals/virtual-engagement-events

You could press for Haringey to adopt the points below about public toilets, amongst other things…. A Toilet Manifesto for London We all use toilets and need them more often as we get older. We rely on public and community toilets for health, wellbeing and going about our daily business. Yet, it is not always easy for older Londoners to find a toilet that is accessible and of an acceptable standard.Positive Ageing in London and Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) believe that adequate toilet provision is an essential feature of an age-friendly city.

This is whythey have developed a Toilet Manifesto for London. Click here for the full version.Email for more details: contact@pailondon.org.uk The five-point Toilet Manifesto for London In the London Plan (in accordance with World Health Organisation age-friendly principles) the Greater London Authority (GLA) should make explicit the need to provide and maintain free accessible public and community toilet facilities and support the obligations specified below:

1. Community toilet provision is a public health responsibility which all London councils must acknowledge and engage with those protected under the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED).

2. Boroughs should produce an annual toilet strategy to cover all community-based provision and identify a named lead officer to develop and monitor all aspects of provision.

3. There should be coordinated provision of information about toilets in digital, hard copy and accessible formats – the GLA should research how older public use such information paying particular attention to minority views and experiences.

4. The GLA should make the provision of community toilets a planning condition for all new developments of more than five hundred dwellings and audit the provision of public and community toilet in all London town centres. 5. London’s older citizens and campaigners should monitor and scrutinise toilet provision where they live and identify neighbourhoods in need of investment and improvement. Want a COVID test but have no symptoms?

Around 1 in 3 people do not know if they have COVID-19. A new test centre has opened in Wood Green especially for those who do not have any symptoms. There is no need to book for an appointment.

One new Test Centre is located at 48 Station Road (about 100 yards from Wood Green Tube Station) and is open daily to around 7pm. There is another at Tottenham Community Sports Centre, 701 – 703 High Road, N17 8AD. If you think you DO HAVE symptoms – which we’ve all read about by now – you should not go there but phone NHS 119 to get an appointment at another test centre – Ally Pally or the Irish Centre.

Have a car, or a relative with one who might help others with lifts? Could you or someone you know help drive an older person to get a COVID Vaccination? Haringey’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is looking for volunteer drivers to help residents attend Covid 19 vaccinations.

They are looking for volunteers matching either of the following requirements: • Have their own cars • Have a minibus driving license For volunteers who use their own cars, expenses will be available. Guidance on keeping safe and the latest health guidelines will be provided.

Due to the nature of the role, volunteers will be required to have a current DBS. (a routine criminal record check, a simple bit of form-filling which the organiser can tell you about).

Anyone interested in volunteering for this role, or who has further questions, please contact Poppy Thomas, Voluntary & Community Sector Coordinator, 07790 982264 or poppy.thomas@haringey.gov.uk. 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. Thanks!