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 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 9 (November / December 2016)

    Barnet Seniors Insider 9 PDF (November / December 2016) is now available to download here (PDF 640kB, 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 9

  • Don’t Panic!
  • Planning for your future care can bring peace of mind for you and your family…
  • Barnet Giving — Unlock the power
  • Barnet Giving is an initiative to raise funds for local charitable groups and projects addressing the most pressing needs and supporting the most vulnerable people in Barnet.
  • The Puddenecks Club — Help for the elderly
  • The Puddenecks Club raises money to help the elderly in Barnet (primarily EN4 and EN5 areas). Over recent years the focus has been on helping to overcome loneliness and isolation. Events include Bingo, Fish and Chip evenings, trips to the cinema, days outings and a Christmas party.
  • Vintage Volunteering
  • RSVP has changed its name to Vintage Volunteering. Nothing else has changed about the organisation … projects, purpose and volunteers all remain the same. Vintage Volunteering is a volunteer programme for mature people (age 50+) who would like to offer their skills and give time back to their community via a variety of projects.
  • Dementia cafés and clubs
  • If you have dementia or are caring for someone living with dementia, you’ll be welcomed at any of the dementia cafés or clubs.
  • Are you prepared for an emergency?
  • As we head towards the winter months, we want to make sure you’re prepared for bad weather and other emergencies. Would you know what to do if there was a power cut in your area? Do you have a backup plan if surface flooding started becoming a problem locally?
  • Thinking about moving…
  • If you are thinking about moving to a more suitable home, there are various housing options you could consider: Downsizing, Moving to a home designed for older people, Moving in with the family.
  • Smoking
  • The most common cause of death by fire is in the home.
  • Love your heart
  • We should all be thinking about our heart health and what we can do to keep as healthy as possible.
  • Ask Bob
  • A stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
  • Income Tax
  • Check you’re not missing out on any allowances…
  • Stop Smoking Support
  • All stop smoking services in Barnet are provided by an accredited stop smoking practitioner at registered GP surgeries and pharmacies. The service provides free and confidential one to one support for those who want to give up smoking.
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do

    Erratum: the Computers and a Cuppa sessions at The Sebright Arms on Fridays start at 1.30pm.

    Vintage Volunteering (formerly RSVP Outer London North) mentioned in the newsletter has a new web site at www.vintagevolunteering.org.uk.

    To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 9 PDF.

    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)

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    IN THIS ISSUE

    • 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)”