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This is one of 3 brochures produced by Haringey Over 50s Forum with help from the Deutsche Bank Foundation. For more free copies, or the companion booklets ‘Advice’ and ‘Getting together and interesting things to do’ please contact Haringey Over 50s Forum, c/o 73c Stapleton Hall Road, N4 3QF. Tel. 07853 686212. Website

Produced by Haringey Over 50s Forum Printed July 2019

   Page by page guide:- 
Coffee mornings and get-togethers 1 
Knitting and sewing 2 
Art sessions and classes 2-3
Singing and dancing 3   
Help with computers and mobiles 4 
University of the 3rd Age 4 
Other learning activities 5 
Exercise and sport 5 
Having a voice for seniors 6 
Volunteering 7
Feedback on this guide 8 

An online version is available on and will be updated for providers on request. 


Coffee mornings and get-togethers

Coffee and chat in your local library: Several public libraries run coffee mornings for people who like to chat over coffee or tea and make new friends. Find out from your nearest library; ask for the monthly ‘What’s on’ booklet telling you about activities in all Haringey libraries. For example Muswell Hill Library has Senior Citizens’ Coffee mornings Fridays 10.30am to 12.00 noon, (Queens Avenue, London, N10 3PE. Tel. 0208 489 4560)

Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Road, N8 9LP Seniors’ coffee morning and social; Supportive and friendly social group for the over 60s Tuesdays 10.30 to 12.30. Contact Tanya on 0208 348 4612 Bridge Renewal Trust, The Laurels Health Centre, 256 St Ann’s Road, N15 5AZ. Tel. 0208 442 7640. Older people’s club, day centre or drop-in, and ‘Chestnuts Connection’, a group which meets Weds 2 – 4 pm, helping over 50s with long term health condition to keep in touch with friends and combat isolation Tel. 0208 4427659. E-mail Website

Broadwater Farm Senior Citizens Club . “Seniors” sessions – day centre or drop-in – are designed especially for the over 50s and over 60s to help older people achieve a healthier lifestyle in a relaxed and social environment. Broadwater Farm Community Centre; 157 Gloucester Rd, N17 6JW. Tel. 0208 801 4115

Haringey Thinking Space A social space for people who live in Tottenham to talk about local issues. Aimed at reducing social isolation and improving well being. – Weekly meeting for anyone: Tuesdays, 6.30-8.30pm, Holy Trinity Church Hall, Philip Lane, N15 4GZ – Looking after women’s health and wellbeing: First and third Monday of the month, 10.30am-12.30pm; Coombes Croft Library, High Road, White Hart Lane, N17 8AD – Men’s group: Third Tuesday of the month, 5.00-7.00pm; Wood Green Central Library

Bruce Castle Museum; Reminiscence Café Monthly reminiscence sessions for older people. Leaflets available at the museum. Second Tuesday in the month 2-4pm (but check first by phone to 0208 808 8772, as dates sometimes change). Just come along, enjoy a cup of tea and share your memories.

Knitting and sewing: Several public libraries in Haringey have groups for people who like to chat over knitting, sewing and crochet. Find out from your nearest library which can supply the monthly ‘What’s on’ booklet telling you about activities in all Haringey libraries. B

Book clubs: Most public libraries have book clubs where people discuss and read novels together. Find out from your nearest library, which can supply the monthly ‘What’s on’ booklet telling you about activities in all Haringey libraries. Book clubs are also run by U3A – see further on.

Film clubs: Haringey Over 50s Forum has a monthly cinema club at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, next to the old Tottenham Town Hall. It is usually the first Friday afternoon in the month but check for details of time, date and film to be shown. Tel. 0208 341 2238 (for film information only). E-mail Website U3A in Crouch End also has some film showings – see later in this brochure.

Art EcoHub, Lordship Recreation Ground (off Higham Road, Tottenham, N17 6NU; vehicle entrance off Adams Road, N17 6HE, or walk from Lordship Lane) Water colour painting classes are offered on a drop in basis every Monday at 11.30am (till 1.30) at the Community Centre in the Lordship Rec. Cost £8 per session includes paints and brushes. Also a mixed media art session from 2.30 to 4.30pm every Thursday, cost £3 per person. Find out more on 0208 885 5684 or e-mail

Caxton Road Hub, Caxton Road, N22 Handicrafts for over 55’s, Tuesdays 11-1 and 1.30 – 3.30 Drawing class, Wednesday 2-4p.m. Tel. 0208 889 6938. E-mail

Winkfield Resource Centre, Winkfield Road, N22 A full range of activities and classes including Art, Craft, Painting & Drawing, Pottery, Mosaic and much more! Comfortable waiting and dining areas with internet access. Tel. 0208 489 8200. E-mail Website


Tottenham Choir meets every Tuesday evening 7.30-9.30 at the Chestnuts Community Centre, St Ann’s Road. You don’t have to be an accomplished singer to join. Find out more on or e-mail

Songworks Choir meets at the Union Church in Crouch End. You can choose Tuesday mornings 9.45 to 11 or Wednesday evenings 7.30 to 9. No previous singing experience is needed. Cost £10 per session. E-mail inquiries preferred to Or phone 07957 646465.

Singing for the Brain is a free fun and social activity for people with dementia. You can also attend with a friend, family member or carer. There is a warm up activity involving easy stretching exercises (some light arm and leg and hand warm-ups. People with mobility problems do not need to take part in the warm up exercises if they prefer not to). Refreshments are also provided. Thursdays 2-4pm at the Transmitter Hall at Alexandra Palace London N22 7AY (not in school holidays). Run by Alzheimers Society Haringey. Tel. 0203 725 3001. E-mail


Free salsa lessons for people 55+ The Sandbunker Community Centre, 87 The Sandlings, N22 6XS. Tel. 0208 826 0317

Creative Dance 60+ at Tottenham Green Leisure Centre Creative Dance 60+ is a warm, friendly and very sociable group for active older people. You will learn free-form dancing where you’re encouraged to express yourself in contemporary free-form dance. Creative dance can offer health and well-being benefits such as increasing your self-esteem and confidence. Wednesdays from 10am -11.30am at 1 Philip Lane, N15 4JA. Cost £2.50 per session. Foot Care

Fun dance classes for the over 50’s in Crouch End Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Road, N8 9LP ‘Improvers’ class; Tuesdays 11am to 1pm; Drop in £8 or £35 for 5 classes. ‘Beginners’ class; Thursdays 11am to 12.30; Drop in £6 per class or £25 for 5 classes. Phone contact for either class 07843 216150

Line Dancing; St Ann’s Library, Cissbury Road, N15 A fun activity and great for keeping fit. Organised by the Older and Bolder Group. Tuesdays: 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Learning about computers (and mobiles and tablets)

Coffee and Computers – free, informal help and digital support in 10 venues around Haringey

A volunteer led IT skills project for people who want to improve their confidence in computers, laptops or tablets, learn about Facebook, surfing the web or internet banking. One to one help for an hour or so over a coffee. Sessions are at the following venues at various times:-

Jacksons Lane Community Centre on the last Friday of the month (excluding August and December) 10:30am-12:30pm. More information from 0208 347 2411

The Wellside, Holy Trinity Church, Tottenham N15 – the third Friday the month More information from 0203 196 1901

Also at Highgate School, Crouch End Library, Winkfield Resource Centre, Wood Green N22 and elsewhere. For more information phone Eric on 07842 082034 or e-mail

Community Hub, Caxton Road, N22 (formerly known as the Asian Centre) IT drop-in Tuesdays 1.30 to 3.30. More information from 0208 880 6938.

Haringey University of the Third Age (U3A for short)

Haringey U3A aims to advance the education of the public and in particular the self-help education of retired and semi-retired people, people not in full time gainful employment, to improve well-being and social welfare. It provides facilities for leisure time recreational activities such as reading, writing, computers, travelling, walking, gardening, arts, music and socialising .

Wood Green group:- Meets 1st Wednesday in each month, 1 – 3pm at Wood Green Central Library, High Road, N22. There is an annual fee of £12 per person. Tel. 01992 441613 or 0208 292 8501.

Tottenham Group:- Monthly Poetry Reading session and social activities; 3 rd Wednesday of each month 2 to 3.30pm at Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green (Room 3). Free. Tel. 0208 348 2399.

University of the Third Age Crouch End group:- General meetings at the Union Church in Weston Park, usually 2nd Thursday morning of any month at 10.45. U3A Crouch End offers local groups for many different interests, including book clubs, history, art and gallery trips, jazz, walking, philosophy, gardening, learning languages etc. Subscription £35 per year – or £5 for anyone on pension credit, housing benefit, universal credit etc. Membership is open to anyone who isn’t working full time and there is actually no minimum age limit. Website Membership Secretary, Ed Allen, 67 Palace Gates Road, N22 7BW.

Lifelong learning – directory of classes Floodlight is the annual directory of all the classes for adults in Greater London. You can get it from a newsagent, consult it in a library or look at it on the Internet. For information about daytime and evening classes leading to qualifications, as well as courses for creative and leisure interests, please contact your local library (which keeps a comprehensive set of prospectuses).


Activities for Older People in Leisure Centres Haringey’s leisure centres offer a variety of activities that are suitable for older people, both those who are already active and those who are just starting to do regular exercise.

Haringey residents over 65 can use the gym (and other limited facilities) at Park Road, Tottenham Green and Broadwater Farm centres for free on weekdays between 9am-5pm. These centres are managed by Fusion (more information on ) :-  Broadwater Farm Community Centre (N17)  Park Road Pools and Fitness Centre (N8)  Tottenham Green Pools and Fitness Centre (N15)  New River Sport and Fitness (N22)

Better with Age’; gym, aerobics, swimming at Tottenham Green At Tottenham Green Pools and Fitness Centre ; Friday mornings from 9.30am-12.30pm. Over 40s can join the gym, take part in aerobics or swimming, and several other activities More information from 0208 489 5712, or visit the venue or e-mail

Exercise classes

Community Hub, Caxton Road, N22 6TB (formerly the ‘Asian Centre’) Fun and Fitness; Tuesdays 9.30 to 11am Pilates (£2 per session); Wednesdays 10-11am Zumba for women; Sundays 1 to 2pm Gentle exercise; Wednesdays 10 to 11am

Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Road, N8 9LP Seniors’ exercise sessions with specialist trainer. No experience necessary. Tuesdays 2.15 to 3.15. Term time only. Phone contact: Lesley 07967 089078

Walk your way to Health’ – Health Walks Programme

A volunteer-led group walking programme supported by Haringey Council for all Haringey residents. All volunteers have been trained as Walk Leaders and hold appropriate insurance cover. The programme aims to encourage people, particularly those who are the least active, to do regular short walks (30 to 45 minutes) within their local community. The walks are sociable and fun. They are FREE and all abilities are catered for. Just turn up at the venue. Walks start on different days of the week from various meetup points including the areas of Alexandra Palace, Tottenham Marshes, Crouch End/Priory Park, Lordship Recreation Ground, Downhills Park and Tottenham High Road. For more information, contact the ‘Active for Life’ Team on 0208 885 7307 or see

Lordship Recreation Ground and Lordship Hub/community centre; ‘Silver Fit’ Silver FIT is a series of fitness sessions run for over 45’s, both men and women. It doesn’t matter whether you have never exercised before or have many years’ experience. Sessions include badminton, cheerleading, Nordic walking and yoga. Tuesdays at the Hub (the café and community centre) in Lordship Recreation Ground, N17 6NU from 10.30a.m. (meetup 10.30, activities 11-12, refreshments and socialising 12-12.30) For more information telephone 07721 419518 or 07450 611155, or e-mail Web site

Keep fit and yoga in libraries Wood Green and Hornsey (Crouch End) libraries have various exercise and yoga classes. Ask in your library or consult the ‘What’s on in Haringey libraries’ brochure which you can get there or on the internet at

Chair yoga at Caxton Road (suitable for people with mobility issues) Community Hub, Caxton Road, N22 6TB (formerly known as the Asian Centre). Tel. 0208 880 6938

Chair exercise at The Hub, Lordship Recreation Ground Tuesdays 12.30-1.30. No booking needed. £2 per session. Tel. 07749 720273

Cycle training for women of colour over 45: ‘Wise women on wheels’ Every Saturday at 10:30am at Lordship Recreation Ground, N17 6BD (run by The Rockstone Foundation Bike Hut, The Info Shop, 335, Lordship Lane) Further information;

St Ann’s Library: 50+ Exercise Classes Get fit to music in a friendly group. Mondays or Tuesdays: 10 to 11am Chair based exercise; Thursdays: 11.15am to 12.15pm Cost £2.50 per session. For details phone 0208 489 2543.


Haringey Over 50s Forum Replacing the former Haringey Forum for Older People, which used to be run by Age UK, the Over 50s Forum holds occasional public meetings about issues concerning older people and tries to keep a watch on services for them, making representations to the authorities where needed. It also runs socials, a monthly discussion meeting and a monthly cinema club. Tel. 07853 686212. E-mail Website

Hornsey Pensioners’ Action Group The Hornsey Pensioners Action Group was started over twenty five years ago as the Highgate and Muswell Hill Pensioners Action Group. It is a non-party political organisation affiliated to the National Pensioners Convention and the Greater London Pensioners Association. It holds monthly social meetings and talks, usually at Hornsey Parish Church Hall, bottom of Cranley Gardens N10, from 1.30 to 3pm on the third Wednesday in every month. Tel. 0208 883 9571.E-mail Website

Haringey Pensioners Action Group, Tottenham and Wood Green Branch Represents older people in Haringey and surrounding Boroughs. Holds monthly meetings with a variety of speakers. There are 350 members, who can go on four day trips a year plus two four day holidays and 3 tea parties a year. There is also a Big Bingo session twice a year, and an annual Christmas dinner. Membership is £8 per year. Contact Cllr Sheila Peacock, Tel. 0208 885 6193

Older People’s Reference Group This is a small group set up to liaise with the Council and the NHS about older people’s services. It is often looking for new members. Contact via Public Voice, 0203 196 1900


Helping others is a good way to make friends and feel a purpose in life. Retired people are the mainstay of a huge number of community groups and services. In this section you can find contacts for some of the main entry points into volunteer work for organisations that do lots of different things.

Many volunteering opportunities can be arranged through the Bridge Renewal Trust, 256 St Ann’s Rd, West Green, London N15 5AZ. They run volunteering fairs from time to time where you can find out about different organisations. Tel. 0208 442 7640. E-mail

Public Voice which runs Healthwatch Haringey and other local projects is looking for volunteers to help local residents. There are a number of different volunteering roles, for example:-

  • talk to local people about their concerns and experiences of local health and social care services, and mystery shoppers who give feedback on these services
  • representing patients and service users; helping to run stalls and events, and do research and surveys about local people’s views .
  • help people improve their IT skills at Coffee and Computers training sessions
  • helping people over 50 to find information and support
  • telephone befriending

If any of the above interests you, please contact the Public Voice Volunteer Co-ordinator on 0203 196 1900 or e-mail

Community gardening The Meadow Orchard Project, next to the health centre in Priory Road, N8, has volunteers caring for a beautiful site with fruit trees, flowers, wild life areas and various interesting events. See They are open most Saturdays from 12 to 4.

Living Under One Sun has a community vegetable and fruit growing area on the allotment site at the end of Millmead Road, N17. They also run training courses in gardening and beekeeping. See . Volunteer sessions are usually Thursdays 10.30 to 3.30 with a shared lunch. Tel. 07483 301123; E-mail

Wolves Lane Centre, the former council plant nursery in Wolves Lane, N22 5JD, is now run by a group of voluntary organisations for food growing mainly under glass. You can volunteer to help with food growing, or in the historic Palm House with its exotic hothouse plants, or care for flowers and shrubs in the outdoor parts of the site. Or help cook lunches for volunteers or serve teas to the public on Sundays. Or do little DIY tasks maintaining the buildings, making plant containers and repairing bikes. Come along at the public opening time, 12 to 4 on Sundays, or to one of the volunteer days, 11 to 4 on Tuesdays. The organic vegetable box scheme would like help packing veg on Wednesdays. More information on or e-mail

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