Older Fitzrovia newsletter November 2012

Time to Sing resumed again on November 5ths and will carry on Mondays 11am – 12.15pm at Fitzrovia Court, 24 Carburton St. W1W 5AS. No experience necessary, have fun singing familiar songs with a friendly group of people!
Massage/Reflexology is on Wednesdays, 1.30 – 3:30pm in Fitzrovia Court. If you’re new to the programme or have been on it and haven’t had a massage for a while, do give me a call to make an appointment on 020 7580 4576.
Need help with Computer skills? I will be available 1.30 – 3.30 Wednesdays to help with basic skills like email, web search and online event booking in the Fitzrovia Court lounge. No booking necessary. I’m looking at starting more formal classes soon.
Unfortunately for a variety of reasons we’ve had to stop the lunches on Thursdays at Fitzrovia Court. In their place the George & Dragon pub on Cleveland St is offering a £1.50 discount on lunch, and £1 off of snacks for pensioners who arrive by 12.30pm Thursdays. Come down and have a good natter with great food! Just let Paul know you’re on our list.
The next Expert Patients Service course will start in January at Fitzrovia Court, please let me know if you would like to take part. The course is for people with long-term health problems or those who care for them, and it is run by patient-trainers who themselves have long-term illnesses. The many things covered include daily planning to overcome depression, non-pharmaceutical methods of helping with pain, and dealing with health professionals. Some have hailed it as ‘life-changing’. I’m also planning a get-together with former EPS graduates in December.
It was is with great regret that Karen Honeysett, who has been running the ClubCare visiting and other programmes for older people at All Souls Clubhouse, will be leaving to take on a new job. ClubCare will carry on in the capable hands of Cherry Yip, who has been working with Karen for the past few months.
Finally, people should be aware that the ring-scam is happening again in the neighbourhood, and they are targeting older people. The scammers try to sell you a ‘gold’ ring for £10-20 when in fact it is brass, usually after dropping it on the ground first. Please tell them to take a hike and let Linda or myself know if it has happened to you.
Barb Jacobson
Co-ordinator, Older Fitzrovia
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