Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 21 (November / December 2018)

Barnet Seniors Insider 21 PDF (November / December 2018) is now available to download here (PDF 2,745Kb, 8 sides of A4).

Due to lack of funds, the current issue is on-line only and, for the time being, future issues will be produced quarterly. We hope to revert to printed copies again next year.

The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full. This is the first newsletter by our new editor Berni Moir.

Contents of Insider 21

  • Successful Silver Week
  • A report on Barnet’s Silver Week which saw more than 61 of our local organisations and partners host over 80 activities and events throughout the borough culminating in the 4th Silver Sunday Afternoon Tea party.
  • Volunteers Needed
  • We (Barnet Seniors’ Association) have a new newsletter editor, but we are still looking for a Distributor and a Secretary. Also a mention for Barnet Libraries.
  • University of the Third Age
  • A focus on Hampstead Garden Suburb branch of the U3A.
  • NW7hub
  • The NW7hub is a charity based in Mill Hill. Created by a group of committed local residents, their aim is to create opportunities for meaningful social engagement and learning whilst supporting local organisations, businesses and developing community cohesiveness. They run Mill Hill Partnership Library.
  • Later Life Planning Service
  • Growing older doesn’t come with a manual. Age UK Barnet’s Later Life Planning service is there to support older people, aged 55 and over to manage and plan for the challenges that ageing brings.
  • Dementia cafés and clubs
  • There are now lots of dementia cafés and clubs in Barnet. A full list of places and times is included.
  • Jewish Volunteering Network
  • The Jewish Volunteering Network works to help charities to find volunteers and volunteers to find volunteering opportunities. We currently work with over 500 charities, both Jewish and non-Jewish and help volunteers from all faiths. Read Mike Boda’s story bringing IT skills to children in Africa.
  • JOY (Joining Young and Old)
  • JOY is a unique inter-generational programme that brings the elderly and young children together. Through regular JOY sessions relationships between the two generations are built with significant benefits to both.
  • Barnet Blind and Partially Sighted Bowls Club
  • A small and friendly club who get together on a Tuesday and Friday at various venues around Barnet. In the summer you can join them at Mill Hill, and play away matches in Victoria Park and Friary Park amongst others. In the winter they play in Glebelands Indoor Bowls Club, North Finchley.
  • Celebrate and Commemorate
  • Seasonal events and activities happening in and around Barnet during November and December. Quiz nights, concerts etc.
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • Advertise from £120
  • Advertising in Barnet Seniors Insider is welcomed, with priority given to local organisations. Advertising space is limited and contributes towards costs.
  • and mentions for…
  • The Finchley Charities sheltered housing, and The Fremantle Trust care services.

To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 21 PDF.

Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 20 (September / October 2018)

Barnet Seniors Insider 20 PDF (September / October 2018) is now available to download here (PDF 1,016Kb, 8 sides of A4).

The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

Contents of Insider 20

  • Silver Week 1st – 8th October 2018
  • You’re invited to Barnet’s Silver Sunday week of activities, ending with a party. Note that the link www.silversunday.org in the newsletter is wrong: it should have uk on the end like this www.silversunday.org.uk. There is a list of the events during Silver Week on page 5 of the newsletter.
  • Volunteer Newsletter Editor needed
  • Barnet Seniors’ Association issues this bi-monthly Newsletter which is distributed to 15,000 homes and public buildings across the borough of Barnet. We are looking for a new Editor with some experience.
  • The Holistic Health Charity
  • The Disability Foundation (TDF) offers complementary therapies to any disabled person or person with a chronic health condition and their carers, at their centre based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore.
  • Residents Associations in the London borough of Barnet
  • Residents associations are organisations formed by groups of people from a specific geographic community who come together to address issues within their local area and act as a voice for their local community. Details of eleven associations are given.
  • Dementia cafés and clubs
  • There are now lots of dementia cafés and clubs in Barnet. A full list of places and times is included.
  • Keeping you safe
  • Street crime is often opportunistic, so making yourself less of a target, moving with purpose and being aware of your surroundings will go a long way towards keeping you safe.
  • Top tips for unpaid carers
  • 9 tips
  • A big thank you to Peter Cragg
  • A big thank you to Peter who is retiring from the committee of the Barnet Seniors’ Association
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • Advertise from £120
  • Advertising in Barnet Seniors Insider is welcomed, with priority given to local organisations. Advertising space is limited and contributes towards costs.
  • and mentions for…
  • Constantia Care live-in and respite care service, The Finchley Charities sheltered housing, and The Fremantle Trust care services.

To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 20 PDF.

Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 19 (July / August 2018)

Barnet Seniors Insider 19 PDF (July / August 2018) is now available to download here (PDF 362Kb, 8 sides of A4).

The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

Contents of Insider 19

  • Staying cool in a heatwave
  • Tips to keep you cool when it’s very hot
  • Hampstead Garden Suburb U3A
  • Topical talks each month. Open day 4th September 2018.
  • NW7hub Charity
  • The charity runs Mill Hill Library, and organises activities there.
  • Age UK Barnet’s Later Life Planning service
  • Growing older doesn’t come with a manual. We support older people, aged 55 and over to manage and plan for the challenges that ageing brings.
  • Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline
  • The people who most often contact us are families caring for someone with dementia, whether that be Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, or one of the rarer types.
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • If someone lacks mental capacity, for example due to having dementia, there may be times when their freedom or independence is restricted in order to keep them safe.
  • Plane Wall
  • An Installation by David Waller and John Waller. Stephens House and Gardens until Saturday 29 September 2018. It is literally a ‘walls of planes’ which offer gentle, visible pathways to the ‘temporary’ sitting rooms and a kaleidoscopic view to the past.
  • Dementia cafés and clubs
  • There are now lots of dementia cafés and clubs in Barnet. A full list of places and times is included.
  • What to do if you have a fall
  • Having a fall could be a sign that something isn’t quite right with your health but often it’s something treatable.
  • Ask Bob
  • What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
  • #BeScamAware
  • July is National Scams Awareness Month
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • Advertise from £120
  • Advertising in Barnet Seniors Insider is welcomed, with priority given to local organisations. Advertising space is limited and contributes towards costs.
  • BSA will get FREE donations every time you shop online
  • BSA has signed up to easyfundraising. It’s simple, it’s safe, and it doesn’t cost you a penny.
  • and mentions for…
  • Volunteering with Edgware Child Contact Centre, teaching English at Barnet Southgate College, The Finchley Charities sheltered housing, and The Fremantle Trust care services.

To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 19 PDF.

Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 18 (May / June 2018)

Barnet Seniors Insider 18 PDF (May / June 2018) is now available to download here (PDF 622Kb, 8 sides of A4).

The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

Contents of Insider 18

  • Keep safe this summer
  • The warmer summer months that hopefully lie ahead can unfortunately increase opportunistic crime…
  • Advocacy in Barnet
  • Advocacy in Barnet (AIB) offers free, independent and confidential advocacy services to people aged 50 and over in the borough of Barnet.
  • Dementia Clubs
  • Dementia Club UK, a registered charity, is at present running seven dementia clubs in the Borough of Barnet. People that attend a Dementia Club have either just been diagnosed or are more progressed with dementia.
  • Trinity Stroke Club
  • For people who have suffered a stroke. This is a friendly supportive club which has been running successfully for many years in the heart of Finchley – at Trinity Church Centre in Nether Street.
  • Scams Awareness Service
  • A new service has been launched by Age UK Barnet to tackle the rising problem of financial scams, which are most likely to target the over 55s. https://www.ageuk.org.uk/barnet/our-services/scams-awareness/
  • Crimestoppers
  • Crimestoppers is a crime information collection operation which enables anyone with information about any crime and who wishes to remain anonymous to pass that information to the police. This is done by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  • Online Watch Link
  • OWL – the Online Watch Link – helps keep communities safe, reduce crime and keep people informed of what’s going on locally. www.owl.co.uk
  • Defensive Planting
  • Nature’s way to beat the burglar. Criminals do not like climbing through prickly plants and hedges. They know that a small item of ripped clothing or blood can help the police identify them. We pick the 8 best prickly trees, shrubs, bamboo and rhubarb.
  • Dementia cafés and clubs
  • There are now lots of dementia cafés and clubs in Barnet. A full list of places and times is included.
  • What does the new financial year mean to me?
  • The main changes to the State Pension you need to know about for the start of the new tax and financial year.
  • Ask Bob
  • Am I more at risk if a relative has cancer?
  • Act F.A.S.T. – Stroke Awareness
  • Call 999 if you notice the signs of stroke: Face, Arms, Speech, Time.
  • Help with one-off practical tasks
  • GoodGym runners want a reason to run so as part of their runs, they stop off to help people aged 60+ with one-off household and garden tasks.
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • Advertise from £120
  • Advertising in Barnet Seniors Insider is welcomed, with priority given to local organisations. Advertising space is limited and contributes towards costs.
  • Waitrose green tokens
  • If you shop at Waitrose in Chipping Barnet, then please choose BSA as your chosen local charity.
  • and mentions for…
  • Volunteering with Advocacy in Barnet, The Finchley Charities sheltered housing, and The Fremantle Trust care services.

To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 18 PDF.

Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 17 (March / April 2018)

Barnet Seniors Insider 17 PDF (March / April 2018) is now available to download here (PDF 410Kb, 8 sides of A4).

The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

Contents of Insider 17

  • The Space Between Us
  • What would you say to your younger self if you had the chance? A theatre project with young people at Chickenshed.
  • Diabetes UK Barnet Group
  • The aim of the Barnet Group is to provide support, companionship and information for people and their families living with both Type I and/or type II Diabetes in and around the Borough. They hold a bi-monthly meeting on a Wednesday in Finchley. barnet.diabetesukgroup.org
  • artsdepot Over 60s programme
  • Now includes weekly contemporary dance classes for the over 60’s, bi-monthly arts classes for the over 60’s where participants do creative writing or visual arts, and a Matinee Lunch Club which targets socially isolated people aged 75 and over. www.artsdepot.co.uk
  • Stephens House & Gardens
  • Do You have memories of the House and Gardens? Do you have photos you would like to share? Throughout the year Inky’s Place will be collecting memories of your visits. If you have memories to share, please let them know. www.stephenshouseandgardens.com
  • Prevention and Wellbeing Co-ordination Service
  • Looking at how they can build on the positive aspects of peoples’ lives and the communities around them in order to prevent, reduce or delay a person’s health and social care needs from developing or escalating. Come and meet the Co-ordinators.
  • Candles and naked flames
  • Always keep an eye on candles, incense and oil burners to keep you and your home safe.
  • Spotting common scams
  • There is a simple way to protect yourself from fraud. This starts by remembering a simple memorable phrase: ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so’.
  • Online Watch Link Launched
  • Barnet Neighbourhood Watch in conjunction with Barnet Police and The Council have launched Online Watch Link (OWL). OWL assists communities to feel safer, help reduce crime and keep people informed of what’s going on locally. www.owl.co.uk
  • Dementia cafés and clubs
  • There are now lots of dementia cafés and clubs in Barnet. A full list of places and times is included.
  • Have you got a mobile phone?
  • Mobile devices attract thieves. Here’s what you can do to protect it.
  • Ask Bob
  • Telecare, a service for frail people living alone to enable them to alert relatives and friends or the emergency service if necessary.
  • Do you wear NHS hearing aids?
  • Action on Hearing Loss hold FREE walk-in hearing aid clinics for fitting new batteries and new earmold tubing, and information.
  • Are you claiming all the money due to you?
  • Ask Independent Age. www.independentage.org/information/money
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • Advertise from £120
  • Advertising in Barnet Seniors Insider is welcomed, with priority given to local organisations. Advertising space is limited and contributes towards costs.
  • and mentions for…
  • Volunteering with Citizens Advice, The Finchley Charities sheltered housing, and The Fremantle Trust care services.

To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 17 PDF.

Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 16 (January / February 2018)

Barnet Seniors Insider 16 PDF (January / February 2018) is now available to download here (PDF 1.3Mb, 8 sides of A4).

The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

Contents of Insider 16

  • Getting help for forgetfulness
  • Forgetfulness is common, particularly as we get older. Often this is nothing to worry about.
  • Adult Learning is Within Reach
  • The WEA way is friendly, accessible education on your doorstep. You do not need any previous knowledge or qualifications to join their courses, only a willingness to share with others your curiosity, ideas and experience.
  • Weekday Walks in natural surroundings
  • Weekday walks generally take place twice a week, typically on Tuesdays and Thursdays, some for half a day and some for most of the day being between 5 and 10 miles in length. All the walks are in scenic locations.
  • Learning for Pleasure
  • Art, Books, Bridge, Choir, Computing, Crafts, Photography, Film, Genealogy, Golf, Keep fit, Lunch Club, Poetry, Scrabble, Walking and more with the U3A (University of the Third Age).
  • Join People Bank
  • Each of you offer something unique with your knowledge and experience. Barnet Council and Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group are looking for motivated, interested people who can give feedback about health and social care and help to make real changes to improve services for everyone.
  • I Wish I Could Snatch That Monster Away
  • A poem about dementia by James Hale
  • Dementia Friendly Swimming
  • Swimming is particularly helpful for people living with dementia as the sensation of being in the water can provide a calming and soothing effect. At Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre.
  • Cinememories @ the Phoenix Cinema
  • Dementia friendly screenings will be shown with brighter lighting, quieter sound and an interval.
  • Phone call blockers
  • Protecting consumers with dementia from phone scams.
  • Dementia cafés and clubs
  • There are now lots of dementia cafés and clubs in Barnet. A full list of places and times is included.
  • Reducing Inheritance Tax
  • If you are worried about your Inheritance tax liability you can reduce the value of your estate by making gifts to your loved ones.
  • Ask Bob
  • Why did I pay too much tax on my pension drawdown?
  • Purse Dipping or Pickpocketing
  • Don’t Get Dipped, Keep Your Handbag Zipped. And protect your PIN number.
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • Advertise from £120
  • Advertising in Barnet Seniors Insider is welcomed, with priority given to local organisations. Advertising space is limited and contributes towards costs.
  • and mentions for…
  • Barnet Carers Centre volunteering, The Finchley Charities sheltered housing, and The Fremantle Trust care services.

To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 16 PDF.

Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 15 (November / December 2017)

Barnet Seniors Insider 15 PDF (November / December 2017) is now available to download here (PDF 602Kb, 8 sides of A4).

The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

Contents of Insider 15

  • Protect your Pension
  • Our pensions are usually one of our most valuable assets, offering financial support throughout our later lives.
  • Volunteering Opportunities
  • Volunteer as a Family Activities Volunteer for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, or volunteer to teach English language with Barnet Southgate College.
  • Love to Move
  • Activity for older people in their local setting, including Pilates, Nordic Walking and Dance in a social environment.
  • HeartLinks
  • Living with a heart condition. The HeartLinks Support Group meets once a month, when a talk is given on an area of interest, and a cardiac rehabilitation specialist nurse is present to give advice.
  • Timebanking
  • Timebanking is the way of spending one hour of time helping someone out and earning one time-credit in return where everyone’s time is equal. For example, you could cook for an elderly neighbour and receive Spanish lessons in return.
  • Dementia Cafés
  • There are now lots dementia cafés and clubs in Barnet. A full list of places and times is included.
  • Chimney Fire Safety
  • To keep you and your family safe from fire you should take care to have your chimney swept regularly.
  • Behind the wheel
  • Make sure that you are familiar with the latest edition of The Highway Code – it’s probably changed since you last read it. To boost your confidence, you can book an experienced driver assessment. Also consider adapting your car.
  • Going home from hospital
  • You shouldn’t be discharged from hospital until the support you need has been put in place. If you have recently left hospital, we want to hear from you about your experience.
  • Support Hubs for people with long-term health conditions
  • The Support Hubs will be in Hampstead and Barnet High Street. They will be run by the Royal Free Charity, and will offer welfare and benefits advice, information on local and national services, and a programme of wellbeing talks and workshops.
  • Ask Bob
  • How do I switch energy supplier?
  • Help in cold weather
  • Fuel bills can be a worry in winter, but it’s important for your health that your home stays warm. Find out if you’re eligible for extra money to help with the cost of heating your home when the weather gets colder.
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • Advertise from £120
  • Advertising in Barnet Seniors Insider is welcomed, with priority given to local organisations. Advertising space is limited and contributes towards costs.

    To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 15 PDF.

    Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 14 (September / October 2017)

    Barnet Seniors Insider 14 PDF (September / October 2017) is now available to download here (PDF 517Kb, 8 sides of A4).

    The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

    Contents of Insider 14

  • Silver Week 1st – 8th October 2017
  • Come and join us to celebrate Silver Week 2017 – Activities and events occurring throughout the week, starting with one big party. List of events on page 5 and at www.barnet.gov.uk/silverweek.
  • Volunteering Opportunities
  • Volunteer in East Barnet or South Friern Barnet library, or support a stroke survivor.
  • Lawrence Street Allotments
  • Lawrence Street Allotments in Mill Hill is a beautiful, friendly site with its own communal orchards and shared wheelbarrows and mowers. Plots are available at the time of writing.
  • Inclusion Barnet
  • Inclusion Barnet offer a free and independent support planning service, delivered by a team of disabled people, to promote independent living, so that disabled people can have choice and control in their lives.
  • Stroke Association
  • ‘Getting Back to Life’ services. The Stroke Association provides a variety of services that will help you enjoy a better quality of life, return to your community and face the future.
  • Barnet Stroke Services
  • Every year about 500 people in Barnet have a stroke and it is estimated that about 5,000 stroke survivors live in the Borough. There are designated specialist units to deal with stroke: Hyper Acute Stroke Units (HASU) provide the immediate response to a stroke and Stroke Units which provide multi-therapy rehabilitation and ongoing medical supervision following treatment at the HASU.
  • Strength Based Social Care
  • Barnet Council are applying a strengths-based approach to social care, the purpose of which is to prevent, reduce or delay a person’s health and social care needs from either developing or escalating. You can get more information from Social Care Direct (phone or email) or by visiting Care Space in Colindale.
  • Ask Bob
  • Is Microwave Food Healthy? (Yes)
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • And mentions for…
  • Stroke Association and Dementia Cafés
  • Advertise from £120
  • Advertising in Barnet Seniors Insider is welcomed, with priority given to local organisations. Advertising space is limited and contributes towards costs.

    To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 14 PDF.

    Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 13 (July / August 2017)

    Barnet Seniors Insider 13 PDF (July / August 2017) is now available to download here (PDF 381Kb, 8 sides of A4).

    The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

    Contents of Insider 13

  • All together now
  • Singing has health benefits – but it’s also fun. Details of three choirs you can join who just sing for fun, where beginners of any age are welcome.
  • Ransackers Project
  • Serious study in later life. Note that the web address should be www.ransackersassociation.org.uk
  • Barnet Hear to Meet
  • Action on Hearing Loss, formerly RNID, hold Hear to Meet groups in Barnet to bring people who have hearing loss together to share their experiences. They also provide a range of information on ear heath, hearing aid care, tinnitus and equipment over a cuppa.
  • Fremantle Trust
  • Founded in 1992, The Fremantle Trust is a registered charity and not-for-profit business providing care and support services for older people and adults with a learning disability.
  • Electrical Safety
  • Electric socket covers are not really safe.
  • Eye Tests
  • Some people have perfect eyes. To help keep them that way it is a good idea to have a regular checkup.
  • Electrical Fires
  • Electrical fires are common. Many electrical fires can be avoided by following seven simple actions.
  • Rogue Traders
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true. Rogue Traders are conmen who usually call door to door seeking elderly or vulnerable residents.
  • Ask Bob
  • Why do I sometimes find it hard to swallow food?
  • Pension Credit
  • Despite around four million people being entitled to Pension Credit, a third of pensioners still don’t claim it. Therefore, it’s essential to check whether you qualify.
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • And mentions for…
  • Allotment / Garden Helper wanted by TouchBase South East, and Dementia Cafés
  • Advertise from £120
  • Advertising in Barnet Seniors Insider is welcomed, with priority given to local organisations. Advertising space is limited and contributes towards costs.

    To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 13 PDF.

    Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 12 (May / June 2017)

    Barnet Seniors Insider 12 PDF (May / June 2017) is now available to download here (PDF 434Kb, 8 sides of A4).

    The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

    We welcome contributions for publication from individuals and community groups. We also accept advertising in the Insider at rates from £120 for a quarter page. Details are in the magazine itself.

    Contents of Insider 12

    • Early checks can save lives
    Local GP urges residents to take up offer of bowel cancer screening tests
    • Become a Supporter of BSA
    Join in with Barnet Seniors Assembly
    • The Club in the Park
    Finchley Victoria Bowling Club
    • Healthy Ageing
    Five points will help to keep you fit and independent
    • Falls are NOT inevitable
    Falls are NOT an inevitable part of getting older. Here are some simple things you can do to reduce the risk
    • Escaping from a fire
    Make an escape plan and practice it regularly
    • Carers Week 12 – 18 June 2017
    All of us, whatever we do, have a part to play. Right now there are over 30,000 carers in Barnet, looking after older, seriously ill or disabled family or friends
    • Ask Bob
    Are there different types of yoga?
    • Getting a Blue Badge
    If you have problems with walking or other health conditions that affect your mobility, you may be able to get a Blue Badge to help you park closer to the places you want to go
    • Out and About in Barnet
    Things to do
    • And mentions for…
    Barnet Safeguarding Adults Board, Valentine Poole Charity and Dementia Cafés

    To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 12 PDF.