Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 22 (Spring 2019)

Barnet Seniors Insider 22 PDF (Spring 2019) is now available to download here (PDF 1.2Mb, 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 22

  • Chase Farm has now reopened as ‘A hospital fit for the future’
  • From the look and feel of the new hospital, to the furniture and fixtures contained within, patients have been at the heart of this redevelopment.
  • Save the Date
  • The next Spring Assembly will be hosted at Woodhouse College on Wednesday 29th May 2019
  • Volunteers Needed
  • We (Barnet Seniors’ Association) are looking for a Secretary, an Events Co-ordinator and a Circulation Manager (three roles).
  • WIN £10 LOVE2SHOP Vouchers
  • We’re giving you the chance to win a £10 LOVE2SHOP Gift Voucher, with a wide choice of stores to shop, there is something for everyone. Details on the prize draw page.
  • ‘Did you know?’ Useful info!
  • Medicine expiry dates, Painkiller best practice, Will Aid 2019
  • Falls Clinic at Finchley Memorial Hospital
  • Barnet Falls Prevention Service helps to reduce the risk of falling. It is available free to anyone who has a fear of falling, has a history of falls or near misses plus lacks confidence with their balance and walking. This also applies if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis.
  • Looking to the Future — Choices of Health Care in Barnet
  • NHS 111 phone support, Walk-in centres, Lloyds Pharmacy healthcare services, GP at hand
  • Support Hub — New for 2019
  • The Support Hub at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, for people with long term health conditions and their carers. There is more information about the Support Hub on this web site. Also see https://www.royalfreecharity.org/do/support-hub.
  • Events and Days Out
  • Gardening, eating out, poetry, music and theatre.
  • Dementia cafés and clubs
  • There are now lots of dementia cafés and clubs in Barnet. A full list of places and times is included.
  • Get 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 22 PDF.

Support Hub at the Royal Free Hospital

reception area with chairs and sofasThis is the full version of the article which appears in Insider 22

The Support Hub at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead opened in March 2018. It is the first of its kind in the UK based in a hospital. The Hub was co-produced by patients and carers as well as the Support Hub team and their volunteers. All decisions including the design of the centre, activities and services continues to be steered by this group. Its main purpose is to support patients with long term health conditions including their carers with welfare and benefit advice, exercise classes in the gym, informative talks, as well as a range of therapies and activities. The hub also runs a drop-in service, where patients can relax in the beautifully designed space, have a cup of tea and a chat with the charity’s trained volunteers, who can provide information on the services on offer. Anybody affected by a Long term condition such as arthritis, liver disease, heart disease and chronic pain can use the the Hub. It’s also common for poor mental health to be linked to patients with multiple long term health conditions especially once they reach over 60, and they can often be supported by the Hub by offering a listening ear and to meet other people with similar conditions.

People affected by Long term health conditions can also be affected financially, and the Support Hub can support people who need some advice. The Support Hub understands the impact of loneliness on long term health conditions so it is high on their agenda to offer support and care. They generally receive 100 visitors per week and up to 120 per week when exercise classes are planned. The Support Hub ethos is that if their users can leave feeling happier more in control of their situation and less lonely, they have succeeded.

A further new Support Hub is planned for Barnet to launch in Spring/Summer 2019. It will be located close to the High Street in High Barnet, making it more accessible by public transport, giving access to more patients and carers in the borough as well as offering more community links. If you are patient or a carer of of someone with a Long term condition having treatment at the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust, you can access the service. For further information contact the Support Hub on 02077940500 ext 39663

See also the Support Hub web page at https://www.royalfreecharity.org/do/support-hub.

Prize Draw 2019 Terms and Conditions

1. The prize draw (the “Prize Draw”) is open to people aged 18 and over who provide their name, email address and/or phone number.

2. Employees or agencies of Barnet Seniors Association (“BSA”, “We”) or their family members, or anyone else connected with the Prize Draw may not enter the Prize Draw.

3. Entrants into the Prize Draw shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions.

4. By submitting your personal information you agree to receive emails from BSA containing offers and developments that we think may interest you. You will be given the opportunity to unsubscribe on every email that we send.

5. To enter the Prize Draw you must simply submit your personal information including your name, email address and/or phone number.  If you have any questions about how to enter or in connection with the Prize Draw, please e-mail us at bsabarnet@outlook.com with “WIN £10 Voucher” in the subject line.

6. Only one entry per person. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.

7. BSA accepts no responsibility is taken for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt by BSA.

8. The closing date of the Prize Draw is 23:59 on 28 February 2019.  Entries received outside this time period will not be considered.

9. One winner will be chosen from a random draw of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.  The draw will be performed by the BSA committee.  The draw will take place in March 2019.

10. The winner will receive LOVE2SHOP £10 gift voucher.

11. BSA accepts no responsibility for any costs associated with the prize and not specifically included in the prize (including, without limitation, travel to and from the the chosen shop).

12. The winner will be notified by email / phone call on or before 31 March 2019 and must provide a postal address to claim their prize. If a winner does not respond to BSA within 14 days of being notified by BSA, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and BSA shall be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above (and that winner will have to respond to notification of their win within 14 days or else they will also forfeit their prize).  If a winner rejects their prize or the entry is invalid or in breach of these Terms and Conditions, the winner’s prize will be forfeited and BSA shall be entitled to select another winner.

13. The prize will be sent to the winner by BSA by post.

14. The name and country of the winner can be obtained after 31 March 2019 by emailing BSA at bsabarnet@outlook.com

15. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.

16. BSA retains the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is not available.

17. The winner may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the Prize Draw and the winner shall participate in such activity on BSA’s reasonable request.  The winner consents to the use by BSA and its related companies, both before and after the closing date of the Prize Draw for an unlimited time, of the winner’s voice, image, photograph and name for publicity purposes (in any medium, including still photographs and films, and on the internet, including any websites hosted by BSA and its related companies) and in advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice and, in entering the Prize Draw, all entrants consent to the same.

18. BSA shall use and take care of any personal information you supply to it as described in its privacy policy, a copy of which can be seen here, and in accordance with data protection legislation.  By entering the Prize Draw, you agree to the collection, retention, usage and distribution of your personal information in order to process and contact you about your Prize Draw entry, and for the purposes outlined in paragraph 14 above.

19. BSA accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Prize Draw or accepting the prize. BSA further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Prize Draw. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall exclude the liability of BSA for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence.

20. BSA reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Prize Draw with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of BSA in all matters under its control is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.

21. BSA shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.

22. The Prize Draw will be governed by English law and entrants to the Prize Draw submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

23. Promoter: Barnet Seniors’ Association, contact: bsabarnet@outlook.com or phone 020 3778 0151 who will call you back.

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.