Ju/July EventsNew Service: Haringey Reach and Connect
We have exciting news to tell you about this month:
- HO50s are part of a consortium that will be developing new services for Haringey’s Over 50s.
- The service will be delivered by three local organisations – lead partner Public Voice, Mind in Haringey, Wise Thoughts and Hail – under a programme called Reach and Connect.
- Eight ‘Community Connectors’ based in local areas will provide support to help older people to live active, independent and “connected” lives. We look forward to telling you more about the project when it gets underway in the next few weeks.
Beware of Dippers! “You may think that our work may have little to do with the older residents in Haringey but it definitely does! We deal with crime that happens on buses and on the roads while the British Transport Police deal with incidents on trains and tubes. Haringey Fairness Commission wants to hear from you! Last month we held a meeting with presentations from Haringey Fairness Commission. The Commission has been bringing together people across the borough eager to contribute their concerns about inequality and submit their proposals for how to make Haringey fairer. In total, over 1,500 residents engaged to share their experiences.
The Various different types of crime can typically occur on a bus including assaults and public order offences but the one that affects older people most are opportunistic thefts. A lot of older people clearly use buses as they are free and very convenient but a bus or bus stop is also a good place for so-called ‘dippers’ to help themselves to your money.
A dipper is a person or a group of people who have probably noticed someone taking money out of a cashpoint, bank or post office, and who then follow that person with the intention of taking that cash by dipping their hand quickly into your bag. On a busy bus, or at a crowded bus stop, this can be easily undetected hence they are popular places for dippers and older people are especially vulnerable to this kind of activity.
Part of our work at the RTPC is to begin to build up a picture of where these offences are happening – which bus routes, which time of the day, are there seasonal changes, does it occur when people are paid their pension? As patterns emerge we can then begin proactive policing where we predict where and when the crimes may happen and we target these hotspot areas with uniformed and plain clothes patrols on the streets and on the buses to disrupt the criminals. We will also always try to give out advice to elderly residents who have been victims of theft which could protect them from this kind of crime again. For example, we might give them alarm bells to put on their purses which will alert them if someone is trying to pick it up, or bag fasteners, or we may suggest that they don’t take all their pension out on one specific day or on the same day every time. I would always encourage people to ensure that their behaviour cannot be predicted by the dippers.
HO50 Trip to Fortuna Members will know that we have receive sponsorship from Fortuna mobility store in Enfield and they have asked us to enclose their latest footwear brochure with this newsletter. Remember, HO50s members receive a 10% discount on all store purchases over £50. Secretary James and HO50s member Jenny visited the store recently to find out a bit more about their products and services. Jenny’s report follows.
“I was keen to see some of the products and how they work. I also wanted to try out a mobility scooter and wondered if there would be enough space to really test them properly. I was not disappointed – the place is quite large. The first issue was how toget there. We travelled by train from Bruce Grove toSouthbury Station and it was a Jenny test-driving at Fortuna 5-minute walk from there to the store. If you are travelling by car there is ample parking including disabled parking by the entrance. The door is push button operated which was a help. The staff were excellent and very welcoming and even offered us a cuppa on arrival, which I thought was a nice touch. Accessibility was excellent and everything was on the ground floor.
The staff were very helpful and on hand if we needed them. We were there for two hours but were able to just wander around looking at what was on offer and didn’t feel pressurized into buying something. There were some really useful gadgets and all manner of simple but ingenious adaptations and aids to use around the home to make life easier. The prices were quite reasonable too. The staff seemed very knowledgeable about all the different products. I found a really useful – and again very simple – product, a slide-free seat pad. I can easily carry it around with me to help with ‘slippy’ seats in cafes etc. It would also be very useful for wheelchair users. We were only able to look at half the items on display so another journey might be on the cards. It might even be a good venue for an HO50s group outing! Do let James know if you’d be interested.”