A date for your diaries. All seniors in the borough are invited to our
Silver Sunday event.
* Enjoy an Afternoon Tea
* Live music from That Blue Patch
*Time to chat and catch up
Manor Drive Methodist Church
Date: Sunday 3rd October 2021
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Silver Sunday is a National event and was launched in 2012 by The Sir Simon Milton Foundation and Westminster City Councillor Christabel Flight, after a report discovered more than a third of people over 75 said they were lonely. The aim then was to celebrate older residents, recognise their contribution to their communities and help combat loneliness as well as get them out and about to meet new people.
Meet Ursula Stone and find out more about the work she does in the Barnet community through The Flower Bank .
She originally set up The Flower Bank at home repurposing flowers beyond their sell-by date donated by supermarkets and other businesses.
This enabled her to supply arrangements to dementia centres, care homes and private customers, as well as occasionally “flower bombing” park benches and other public places
The aim of The Flower Bankis to reduce waste in the flower market by working with retailers, florists and suppliers to turn end of shelf life flowers into beautiful arrangements.
In addition, they receive and restyle beautiful wedding and event flowers that will be discarded at the end of a day. The arrangements are made by young offenders who are looking to change their lives and improve their career prospects. These arrangements are then delivered to care homes, day facilities and community buildings for all to enjoy.
Join us on Tuesday 18th May at 5pm
If you have Zoom already then join using the ID otherwise click here to join.
Date: Tuesday 18th May at 5pm Meeting ID: 944 1939 6278 Passcode: No passcode required
My life as a care home worker during the last year
On the surface little has changed. I have travelled daily to my work place as before but the daily challenges are totally different. Literally overnight my colleagues and I were the main human contact in our residents’ lives. We became responsible for managing the massive change in particular in their social interactions, hopefully softening the many restrictions they faced. The hardest part has been to communicate why their life has been turned upside down and that COVID is a real and serious threat to their life.
My work place became more like my second home and the residents my second family. Balancing this whilst remaining professional and with the restrictions, including social distancing, has been a constant challenge but an extremely rewarding one at the same time.
I also lost my preferred leisure activities and had to find an alternative way to manage my work life balance. This has made me more domesticated at home and I have enjoyed the closer interaction with my own family.
I think I am lucky in my choice of second career as a social care worker. It has allowed me to maintain as much normality as possible and at the same time rewarding me with a real feeling of satisfaction and hopefully I have been able to make a positive difference.
Ulla Chisholm, Community Link Worker, Richmond Fellowship Colindale Services. Member of BSA Exec. Committee
We spoke to Age UK Barnet about their organisation during the pandemic and what it meant to them and how they adapted to support Barnet seniors and this is what Helen Newman, Chief Executive, had to say:
‘It has been a challenging year for older people in our borough but we’re proud that Age UK Barnet’s staff and volunteer team have been there for them. We adapted all our usual services when the first lockdown began: we set up shopping and prescription collections; our bus was on the road delivering food parcels and hot meals; our handy person team carried on doing essential jobs (in full PPE); and our falls prevention team even went door to door to inspire people to keep moving.
Our befriending programme continued over the phone and we reached out to more people with regular friendly phone chats. We used modern technology to maintain art classes, singing, craft groups, exercise and cookery sessions and we helped those older people not online to get connected – including 83-year-old James who sent his first ever email.
And throughout, the Later Life Planning advice team has done an amazing job, helping people get the support they need, be it with feelings of loneliness and isolation or practical issues such as benefits, housing, care options or, sadly, bereavement.
Age UK Barnet are looking forward to gradually opening up their regular face to face services and activities. And in April, they are excited to be launching their new Living Well Service, offering advice, support and activities to people with mild-to-moderate dementia and their carers.’
Age UK Barnet would like your help to plan and develop their services to meet the needs of older people in Barnet, please complete our 10-minute online survey. They would really value your experiences and views!
Indian Cookery: 11am. Cook along with Saj on Zoom or just observe. You will be sent a list of ingredients a few days before the session to give you time to buy them. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the group.
Bollywood Dance (women only): 11.30am – 12.30pm – fun uplifting moves with Etka (teacher). For more info and the Zoom link, phone Wendy on 07741 877 027 or email her on Wendy.email@example.com.
Seniors Choir: 11am-12noon. Choir master Jenny La Touche leads a weekly online choir session on Zoom. For details on how to join in and receive song sheets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07798 622832.
Bollywood Dance (women only): 11.30am – 12.30pm – fun uplifting moves with Satish (teacher). For more info and the Zoom link, phone Wendy on 07741 877 027 or email her on Wendy.email@example.com.
Watercolour art group:10-11.30am – every Thursday. Cost is £5 each week to cover the price of a watercolour pallet, brushes, A3 paper and pictures of what will be painted each week, which can be delivered to you by a member of Age UK Barnet. For more information please call 07502 989 403 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Book group: 10am-1pm Do you enjoy reading and discussing novels or non-fiction books with friends? Why not join our new online book group. which is chaired by a volunteer facilitator. Please contact Howard Chapman (email@example.com) to share ideas, or to register your interest in joining the group. We are looking forward to hearing from you and sharing our love of reading
Cakes and Bakes baking course: 2.30pm-4pm – Wednesdays – takes place every two weeks. Make biscuits, cakes and bread and other tasty bakes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the group.
Men’s Newspaper Discussion Group: 11.30am. Discuss the hot topics in the news each week in this weekly online get-together. Email email@example.com to find out more.
Four week beginners ‘taster’ watercolour course: 9.45-11.15am – every Thursday. Cost of course is £20 to cover the price of materials, which can be delivered to you by a member of Age UK Barnet. For more information please call 07502 989 403 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoom keep fit (standing or seated): 11.30 am. Fun, upbeat exercise session for all levels of fitness with our Wendy. For more information and the Zoom link, contact Wendy on email@example.com or 07741 877 027.
Join our talk on Zoom on 16th March at 5pm hosted by Oliver Steadman, Campaigns Officer from Independent Age
Oliver will talk about their policy and Influencing work on mental health. He will also give an overview of their latest research on mental health in later life. The report looks at key events that could affect someone’s mental health, barriers to accessing treatment and make recommendations for what needs to change. Independent Age campaigns to improve the systems that older people rely on and will explain how BSA members can get involved. He will also reference the information and advice services Independent Age offers.
If you have Zoom already then join using the ID below otherwise click hereto connect.
Date: Tuesday 16th March at 5pm Meeting ID: 921 2705 7229 Passcode: No passcode required
Barnet Seniors’ Association (BSA), has just been awarded a grant by the National Lottery Community Fund for a special Covid recovery programme. Popular free, chair-based yoga classes are already on-line weekly for the next 12 months – and more is to come.
This grant will now allow BSA to publish a new refreshed version of The Insider, a full-colour publication, promoting a healthy, sociable life-style for senior citizens, delivered to local residents, surgeries, libraries, care homes and community groups by volunteer ‘Street Champions’. It will also be circulated on-line and sent via email to members who are registered to receive emails from us.
In liaison with Barnet Council, BSA normally runs Silver Sunday and an all-day Spring Assembly on topics encouraging well-being. A special free Tea-party is now scheduled for June/July. To join in or to find out more call 020 3778 0151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Positive Ageing In London has put together this Survival Guide for older people living in London. The guide consists of useful information collated from around the internet, some of which has been shared amongst the PAiL community and committee members in previous newsletters and campaigns. It is created to provide a directory of useful links with tips and guides that assist older people during this immensely challenging pandemic period. The guide is broken down into these sections:
Things to do (Ways in Which to Stay Involved from Home)
What You Can do in Your Locality / Community
How to Stay Safe at Home / When Going Out
Links – Good News Stories, Campaigns, Sources of Help, Things to do, Ways to Stay in touch The BBC has produced a short video explaining the special rules that apply over Christmas and gives practical advice. See here