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
  • 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

This 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

Hearing is a much-neglected sense – 15th August

Venue: Julius Newman House, Woodside Park Road, London N12 8RP
Date: Tuesday 15th August 2017
Time: 2pm
By: Andrew Goodwin from Hearing Connect

For more information or to book a place call Sue on 0203 778 0151 and leave a message (Sue we will call you back) or email
Or you can reserve a place via the Contact us General Enquiry form. [update: the General Enquiry form has now been removed, this post is of historical interest only]

Barnet Seniors’ Assembly – 13 April 2016

Free Public Event

  • Wednesday 13th April 2016
  • 10am (Registration) – 2.30pm – Buffet Lunch provided
  • Woodhouse College, Woodhouse Road, Finchley, N12 9EY (Buses 134 & 221 stop outside or 5 minute walk from Tally Ho Corner bus station)

Speakers on :

  • Scams – For-warned is for-armed
  • Patient Matters – Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Altogether Better – Barnet Ageing Well Programme


Please book on Email: or phone 0203 778 0151

Advocacy In Barnet talk – 23 February 2016

Advocacy In Barnet (AIB) will talk about their Macmillan Cancer project and Advocacy under the Care Act.

  • Tuesday 23rd February 2016
  • 1.30 pm Refreshments for a 2.00 pm start
  • St Mary’s Church Centre, Hendon Lane N3 1TS

Parking available.
By Tube Finchley Central is a 5 min walk. Buses 125, 82,143, 326, 460.

Public meeting, all welcome.

Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 4 (January / February 2016)

News for senior citizens in Barnet
• Keeping well • Keeping safe • Staying active • Making friends

For a paper copy of this newsletter, download and print Barnet Senior Insider 4 PDF (PDF 293kB, 4 sides A4)

Three ladies at a table with mugs


  • Living in a digital world
  • Tips to protect you against scams
  • Bedtime Routine
  • Steps for staying steady
  • Life After Stroke
  • Living with cancer
  • Life is for living
  • Out & About in Barnet

Continue reading “Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 4 (January / February 2016)”

Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 1 (July/August 2015)

The guide for senior citizens in Barnet

• Keeping well • Keeping safe • Staying active • Making friends

…For mainly those people aged 55 or over

Barnet Seniors’ Assembly are delighted to launch a newsletter for those people mainly over the age of 55 in Barnet. This newsletter aims to give older people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to:

  • enjoy good health and wellbeing
  • help themselves
  • stay safe
  • maintain their independence
  • stay active
  • have fun
  • meet people

Hoping to see you out and about in Barnet!

For a paper copy of this newsletter, download and print BSA Newsletter 1 PDF (PDF 372kB, 4 sides A4)


drinks with straws

  • So what’s NHS 111?
  • Is your home at risk of fire?
  • Dementia support in Barnet
  • Community services offered
  • Barnet University of the Third Age
  • Barnet Seniors Assembly
  • Out and About in Barnet

Continue reading “Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 1 (July/August 2015)”

Living in an Ageing Society, Hendon Town Hall – 28 May 2015

Our first main Seniors Assembly of 2015 (we have two each year) is on the theme “Living in an ageing society”.

  • Thursday 28th May 2015
  • Registration from 9.45 am, finish at 2.30 pm
  • Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, Hendon, NW4 4AX (Nearest Underground – Hendon Central; Buses 143, 183, 326)
  • Keynote Speaker: Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE
  • Free light refreshments and light lunch will be provided
  • Information stalls to browse

Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger is a social commentator who writes and broadcasts on a variety of social and religious issues.

Come along if you would like to find out more about:

  • Changes in care
  • Keeping healthy
  • New things to do

It will be a day of information including free refreshments and a light lunch. Other speakers include:

  • Dr Andrew Howe, Director of Public Health on Keeping Healthy
  • Mathew Kendall, London Borough Barnet on new developments in caring
  • Cllr. Lisa Rutter, Barnet’s Champion for Older People
  • plus presentations on suitable social opportunities and activities available to the over fifties
  • plus information and advice stalls.

All senior residents are welcome but are asked to contact Sue on 07975606943 or email the address on the home page if wishing to attend. Entrance free.

Keep Warm and Well – 23 March 2015

Hear about different schemes under the Winter Well project that offer advice, grants and emergency equipment mainly aimed at assisting vulnerable and elderly people in Barnet.

  • Monday 23rd March 2015
  • 1.30 pm Refreshments for 2 pm meeting
  • Trinity Church Centre, 15 Nether Street, North Finchley, N12 7NN (Near Tally Ho — map)
  • Speaker: Jessie Drysdale, Project Officer Private Sector Housing, Environmental Health, London Borough of Barnet
  • For further details email the address on the home page or just turn up

This is a public meeting, and non-members are welcome. No need to book.