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We are continually finding new activities to hold which will be of interest to our members. Our activities provide social interaction and help to break the monotony of the present day and help those who may feel isolated to find new friendships which they may never have found.

A ZOOM link is provided for those attending external online activities and this will take you to the activity, shortly before it commences.
If you are not already registered to receive the Age UK Westminster weekly email Newsletter please contact Enquiries: Tel: 020 3004 5610 Email: enquiries@ageukwestminster.org.uk

As there are continued cases of Covid-19 and the Winter months will increase risks of flu infection please do not attend our activities if you show symptoms of Covid-19 or Influenza. If you are showing signs of either you should self-isolate in order to reduce the chances of infecting others.

To register for any of the activities please contact: Souad Abdellaoui.

Tel: 07903 255384

Email: souad.abdellaoui@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Forthcoming Activities

If you would like to attend please contact Souad Abdellaoui.

Tel: 07903 255384

Email: souad.abdellaoui@ageukwestminster.org.uk

 

Fortnightly Coffee Morning Forum 11.00am-12.30pm - Regent Hall, Welcome Hub, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ, near Oxford Circus Tube Station

Thursday 13th June - Guest Speaker Andy Naylor who is a community catalyst who is running a new project in Westminster to help people start their own activities. He wants to talk about the different ways you can start up a club or an event, the things you might have to think about and how you can turn a great idea into a really fun activity that lets you share your passion with your community!

Thursday 27th June – Guest Speaker Abdul Latif Westminster City Council – Transport Strategy discussingRoad Safety, Access and Inclusion, Health and Exercise, Air Quality, Climate Change & Sustainable Economy 

Thursday 11th July – Guest Speaker Dr Shree ‘Your Health is in Your Hands’.

Thursday 25th July – Guest Speaker Blessing Ogunoshun – The Advcacy Project - Healthwatch

Every Tuesday 1.00pm-2.00pm & 2.30pm-3.30pm - Age UK Westminster’s weekly FIT4LIFE levels 1 & 2 exercise programme at the Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, London W10 4JL  

With Sharon our Qualified Senior Years Fitness Class Instructor.  

Level 1 - 1.00pm-2.00pm - A chair to standing exercise class for those people who are less mobile. Combined movement helping to build strength and stronger bones, increase flexibility and balance. 

Level 2 - 2.30pm-3.30pm - An exercise class that caters for those who are more mobile. Providing exercise to increase fitness, to work muscles and encourage movement. 

Every Wednesday 2.00pm-5.00pm Bridge Club at Mayfair Library, 25 South Audley Street, W1K 2PB 

If you are an experienced Bridge player and would like to join the group or have friends who would like to attend, please do join us. There is now an agreed attendance fee of £3.00 per session.   

DanceWest at the Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, London W10 4JL 

Our partnership with DanceWest continues with further dance sessions 11.00am-12.00pm:

Refreshments will be provided.

Summer Classes

14th June

21st June

28th June

5th July

12th July

Fortnightly Tea and Chat afternoon 2.00pm-4.00pm at St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LT

Thursday 20th June Guest Speaker - Gina Casserly and Talking Therapies – Assertiveness and Setting Boundaries

Thursday 4th July – Guest Speaker to be arranged

Fortnightly Coffee Morning 11.00am-12.30pm at Hotel 63, 63 Bayswater Road, London, W2 3PH

Monday 17th June – Chris Barlow – ‘Sensation: Art & The Shock of the New’

Monday 1st July – Julia McGerty – Learning Unlimited workshop ‘Pompoms and Bracelets’. This workshop is for those that did not attend the ‘Relax with Lavender’ workshop.

Monday 12th August – Ava Thomas Sport for Confidence.

A wonderful new Coffee Morning venue which has an extremely interesting history.

Hotel 63 was built between 1865 and 1870 and for most of its first seven decades of existence, it was a private address. It was first known as 2 Marlborough Gate and amongst its residents, it housed the Royal Consul for Italy, his wife and son. It was renamed 63 Bayswater Road in 1938 as part of London County Council’s standardisation and clarification of street names in London.

The Hotel is close to The Swan Public House on Bayswater Road

Close to Lancaster Gate tube station (Central Line)

Buses 274, 94 &148

Wednesdays - Create six week Art Workshop ‘Theatre and Masquerade mask making’ at St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LT

We have been able to organise another ‘Create’ art workshop:
“An inclusive, relaxed, silly (but-serious) drama workshop that guarantees the release of creativity through games, improvisation, gentle physical movement, breath work, mask work, and voice-based exercises.

In a safe and supportive environment, we’ll be inviting you each week, for six weeks, to take part in a variety of exercises guaranteed to be fun and informative for all.

This workshop will appeal to everyone from absolute beginners to more experienced performers.  Everything we will do is an invitation, with no pressure to do any more than you would like to. 

And at the end of the six weeks, and depending on how the group feel, we might even have a sharing of our work to an invited audience!”

12th June 1.30pm-3.30pm

19th June 1.30pm-3.30pm

26th June 1.30pm-3.30pm

3rd July 1.30pm-3.30pm

10th July 1.30pm-3.30pm

Those attending will also be automatically registered for the new Ceramics Art Workshop which will be held in September at Kensington Palace.

Thursday 13th June & 27th June 1.00pm-3.00pm and every fortnight - Hope in the Community at the Gordon Hospital, Bloomburg Street, London, SW1V 2RH

Tea and Chat afternoon providing digital support and advice. Refreshments provided. Come along and and let us know what activities you would like to be organised in future.

Please contact Stephen Spavin to register and to find out future dates:

Email: stephen.spavin@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Tel: 07969 302517

Thursday 13th June 11.30am-1.00pm – ‘Untold Lives – A Palace at Work’ – Kensington Palace Exhibition – Fully booked

A new exhibition at Kensington Palace, uncovering the forgotten stories of those who worked at the royal palaces over 300 years ago.

They were at the centre of royal life, but little is known about the servants and courtiers who ran royal palaces for centuries. From pages to cooks, from wetnurses to seamstresses, a host of workers managed life at Court and used their skills and expertise to look after the royal family and their homes.

Now, for the first time, the lives and contribution of these forgotten figures will be explored in a new exhibition.

Tuesday 18th June 2.00pm-3.30pm – Quiz with refreshments at the W Hotel London, 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF – Fully booked

Come along to a marvelous new venue in the heart of the West End.

Friday 21st June 2.30pm - Cultural Walk with Chris Barlow – Soho Walk

Meet outside French Protestant Church 8-9 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QD and finish at the Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop, St Anne’s Church, 54 Dean Street, W1D 6AF.

Thursdays 4th July, 1st August, 5th September & 3rd October 11.00am-12.30pm Age UK Westminster ‘Flaneur’ walk 

Flâneur, a word once used to describe a wander without purpose has gotten a new meaning. Walking, even just for few minutes has been shown as beneficial for one’s health and well- being. Therefore, polish your cane and join a group of flâneurs on a stroll through Regent’s Park.

We will meet at St. Andrew’s Gate – Regent’s Park Outer Circle, walk past the English gardens, continue to the Ready Money Drinking Fountain, and finish the walk at the Broad Walk Café.

Starting point:

St. Andrew’s Gate

Postcode:

NW1 4LB

Nearest Tube stations:

Great Portland Street

Regent’s Park 

Bus:

Euston Road Bus Stop (27, 30, 88, 453)

To register please contact: Tija Hubej - Fit4Life Coordinator

Tel: 07462 361232

Email: tija.hubej@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Thursday 11th July 3.00pm ‘King’s Gallery’ tour at Buckingham Palace - ROYAL PORTRAITS: A CENTURY OF PHOTOGRAPHY – Fully booked

A group visit to Buckingham Palace and to view the Royal Portraits Exhibition – A Century of Photography.

For centuries, portraiture has played a vital role in shaping the public’s perception of the Royal Family. This exhibition will chart the evolution of royal portrait photography from the 1920s to the present day, bringing together more than 150 photographic prints, proofs and documents from the Royal Collection and the Royal Archives. 

Discover works from the most celebrated royal photographers, from Cecil Beaton and Dorothy Wilding to Annie Leibovitz and Rankin. Explore some of the close relationships between royal sitters and photographers, seen most clearly through the lens of Antony Armstrong-Jones (later Lord Snowdon), who married Princess Margaret in 1960.

The exhibition will shed light on behind-the-scenes processes, from photographers’ handwritten annotations to never-before-seen correspondence with members of the Royal Family and their staff, revealing the stories behind some of the most celebrated photographs ever taken of the Royal Family.

This exhibition is taking place at The King's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, formerly known as The Queen’s Gallery.

Friday 19th July 12.00pm-2.00pm Lunch and Bingo provided by EQT 3rd Floor, 30 Broadwick Street, London W1F 8JB - Fully booked

Come along and have a fun afternoon with lunch and refreshments.

Sunday 21st July – Soho Village Fete – 12.00pm-6.00pm, St Anne’s Gardens, Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D 6QU

The Soho Village Fete has been going almost half a century now. Organised by the Soho Society, it's the kind of do you'd expect to find going on in the vicar's back garden There's tea and cake, morris dancing, splat the rat, a raffle... all that parochial jazz, and very pleasant it is too.

The Soho Fete is a traditional summer fete with a Soho twist, all the fun of a village festival, with:- The French House Bar, More Tea Vicar live bands including the Red Stripe Band,  25 food and retail stalls, Tombola, Splat The Rat, Snail Racing, the Human Fruit Machine and a Drag Queen Finale!

Londonist called it the best village fete anywhere! 

https://londonist.com/london/things-to-do/soho-village-fete-july

Main events include;

12.30pm Spaghetti Eating Competition

1.00pm The Soho Dog Show

2.00pm Tug of War - Soho Police vs. Soho Fire Service

3.00pm The Soho Waiters Race from outside the French House Pub, Dean Street

Please note that for the Soho Village Fete, you need to book your place at Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-49th-soho-village-fete-2024-tickets-872426119007

Age UK Westminster Dementia Service for those residing in Westminster and diagnosed with early stages of memory loss:

Monday 17th June 11.00am-1.00pm – Royal Academy of Music attending.

The monthly ‘Heart of Westminster’ Monthly Memory Café at Regent Hall, Welcome Hub, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ, near Oxford Circus Tube Station. 

Every Tuesday 2.30pm-4.00pm

Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) workshop face to face sessions for those residing in Westminster diagnosed with early-stage dementia. Our weekly group takes place at St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 5LT. Assessment before attendance, is needed.

Please contact the Dementia Service: Email:dementia@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Or contact our enquiry line: 0203 004 5610

Monday 5th August 10.00am-12.30pm Boccia with Sport for Confidence at Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood Road, London NW8 8QN – Enter by the North Gate

Limited spaces available. Accessibility access available.

Enjoy a morning of Boccia with lunch provided.

To register please contact Stephen Spavin:

Email: stephen.spavin@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Tel: 07969 302517

Information and Advice Surgeries 

If you need Information and Advice please contact our enquiry line on:  

020 3004 5610 to book an appointment 

We hold Information and Advice surgeries at the Salvation Army Regent Hall, Church Street Library and The Abbey Centre. These are by appointment only. Call: 020 3004 5610 to book an appointment. 

Post-discharge Support 

Age UK Westminster now offers a post-discharge support service for Westminster residents aged 55+. If you, or someone you know has recently been discharged from hospital, we can help support the transition back into home life.  

This includes services like: light shopping, assistance with prescriptions, helping with GP contact, and a regular friendly face visiting you at home. The service is free, and our Wellbeing & Connections Coordinator can help signpost you to other Age UK Westminster services as well as useful organisations in the borough. 

If you would like to find out more about our post-discharge support, please contact: Email: enquiries@ageukwestminster.org.uk   Tel: 020 3004 5610

WATES – support for Westminster residents

The WATES group as a part of their commitment to Westminster and support of Age UK Westminster are offering Westminster residents a variety of volunteering. This includes, garden clearance, litter picking, dog walking and potentially minor ‘DIY’ works such as putting up shelves. 

If you require any of the above and live in Westminster, please contact abbie.langridge@wates.co.uk with your request and availability for the volunteers to help.

Age UK Westminster and Westminster Connects (WCC) are collaborating to provide basic gardening to residents of Westminster with help from volunteers. 

This service provided by Westminster Connects (WCC) and their volunteers is for Westminster residents only and those residents who have mobility issues, are vulnerable and without the support of family/friends. You should have gardening tools available. If you have a garden and need basic assistance in its upkeep, please contact Stephen Spavin: 

Tel: 07969 302517 

Email: stephen.spavin@ageukwestminster.org.uk

iTea Parties - Digital Support sessions

Come and join us for our FREE Digital help sessions in a friendly social group with learning in mind. Bring along your own digital device (mobile phone, laptop, iPad/tablet) and receive one to one support from a committed volunteer. 

If you would like to attend any of the following please contact  

Sarah Robinson. 

Tel: 07399 301938 or Email: sarah.robinson@ageukwestminster.org.uk 

Marylebone Library 

Thursdays – 4th July and 1st August - 1.30pm-3.30pm

9-11 New Cavendish Street, W1G 9UQ 

Church Street Library 

Wednesdays – 12th June, 10th July and 14th August - 2.00pm-4.00pm

67 Church Street, NW8 8EU 

Paddington Library 

Tuesdays - 18th June, 16th July and 20th August - 11.00am-1.00pm  

Porchester Road, W2 5DU 

Mayfair Library 

Fridays - 28th June, 26th July and 14th August - 2.00pm - 3.30pm  

25 South Audley Street, W1K 2PB 

Tuesdays 11th, 18th & 25th June and 2nd July – 12.00pm-2.00pm – Discover and Share - Maida Vale Library, Sutherland Ave, W9 2QT

Free project for Westminster residents

An Arts, Culture and Heritage Project. Create some amazing artwork together. Share our stories of living in the local area.

Share refreshments and good company!

25th June will be a visit to a cultural institution as part of the project.

Contact Moya O’Hara to book your place: Email moya@urbanwise.london

www.urbanwise.london

13th June 11.30am-1.30pm Stitches and Stories - Unleash your Creativity & Sisterhood! - Thamesbank Centre, Turpentine Lane, SWIV 4BD

Join us for 3 empowering women's workshops.transform your wardrobe & share your stories!

Learn basic up cycling techniques to create one-of-a-kind garments you'll

love! (Hands-on learning.)

Promote eco-friendly fashion and save unwanted clothes & other things

from landfil & love them again!

Share your experiences & connect with other inspiring women in a safe &

supportive environment!

Explore your voice through creative writing & poetry!

Celebrate you, build skills, meet new people & just have fun!

For info: Miandiartnwriting@gmail.com

British Museum Free event - Stories of service Roman Legions to the British Military - Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DGo

The British Museum are working with Bravo22, an organisation who work and support members of the military community through arts based programme. They are creating a short performance in response to the Legion exhibition, sharing stories of their own experiences and stories of Roman legionnaires. 

Stories of Service will take place on Saturday 15th June. There will be two performances on the day, with the performance repeated. Tickets are free and link to book is below.

https://www.britishmuseum.org/events/stories-service-roman-legions-british-military?_gl=1*ac1998*_up*MQ..*_ga*ODY0Mjc4ODE2LjE3MTU5MzAxNjc.*_ga_08TLB9R8X1*MTcxNTkzMDE2Ny4xLjEuMTcxNTkzMDE3OS4wLjAuMA..

Written and performed by military personnel, Stories of service takes inspiration from the exhibition Legion: life in the Roman army and tells true stories of service from AD 90 to today.

Was serving in the Roman legions very different from serving in the present-day military? What do families make of life during their loved one's service? 
The British Museum and Bravo 22 Company – The Royal British Legion's programme for recovery through the arts – are bringing together members of the military community to share stories of service. From living as a family to life on the fort or garrison and deployment, hear the real stories of those who served and their families, set alongside accounts of service in the Roman legions.

This event is part of the public programme supporting the exhibition Legion: life in the Roman army (until 23rd June 2024).

Wednesday 12th June 7.00pm – A Festival of Church Music – St John’s Smith Square, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Free concert tickets for A Festival of Church Music at St John's Smith Square

Vox Anima London is bringing together outstanding singers and conductors from America and the UK at St John's Smith Square on Wednesday, 12th June for a Festival of Church Music. Master church composers of the 20th Century sit happily on the programme next to today's celebrated composers - K. Lee Scott, Heather Sorenson and Sarah MacDonald, who joins us to conduct the massed singers in her Crux Fidelis and Parry's I Was Glad as the finale to the concert.

You can see full concert details via this link and on the attached poster. https://www.voxanimalondon.com/concerts/festival-church-music

To access up to two free tickets per person, people can simply quote code VOXA24FREE when booking online on the SSJS website (booking fee £3.50). If there are any groups interested in attending they are welcome to contact me directly to discuss a special group reservation. 

At the Rainbow’s End by Clare Summerskill - The Courtyard Theatre, 40 Pitfield Street, London N1 6EU   

A script-in-hand performance based on the lived experiences of older LGBTQ+ people in adult social care, followed by a Q&A session between the audience, the writer, the cast and invited panellists.

Homophobia – Transphobia – Prejudice – Abuse

Presented by Artemis Theatre Company and supported by Royal Victoria Hall Foundation

Friday 14th June 3.00pm and 7.00pm

Sunday 16th June 3.00pm and 7.00pm

Sunday 30th June 3.00pm and 7.00pm 

‘At the Rainbow’s End’ is a brand new, moving, original and hard-hitting play based on interviews with older LGBTQ+ people who have experienced homophobia and transphobia in care settings or in their own home when receiving care. 

Although some of the content of this piece makes for uncomfortable listening, this work is intended to raise awareness of forms of discrimination that LGBTQ+ people fear and have experienced. It shines a light on the importance of understanding the specific challenges faced by older LGBTQ+ people. The piece seeks to raise awareness of the issue amongst the LGBTQ+ population and also to engage with the social care sector and encourage dialogue to develop learning, skills and confidence to address these challenges so that older LGBTQ+ people can feel safe to be their authentic selves wherever they live or receive care, and do not have to fear going back into the closet in later life.

Tickets:    
www.ticketsource.co.uk/the-courtyard-theatre

Community Zooms from the Royal Collection Trust

Community Zoom talks run as part of our Inclusion Programme, which aims to make the Official Residences of The King and Royal Collection as accessible as possible to visitors with disabilities, and those who wouldn’t normally visit. We work with Community partners who support under-represented, disadvantaged and disabled people.

Our programme of Zoom talks is for people who cannot easily visit the Official Residences of The King. Talks take place on the first Wednesday of the month, from 2.00pm. Join us to hear about the different works in the Royal Collection and the history of the Monarchy. Talks are free and informal, and you can participate camera on or off.

Wednesday 3rd July - Royal Photographs

Wednesday 7th August - Buckingham Palace

Wednesday 4th September - Paintings at Hampton Court Palace

Wednesday 2nd October - Royal Fashion

Wednesday 6th November - Drawings in the Royal Collection

Wednesday 4th December - A History of Performance at Windsor Castle

Join Zoom Meeting – camera on or off:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4407732986

Meeting ID: 440 773 2986

London Zoo

Tea and Talk (Free event)

A Monthly activity for older people (60+) at risk of isolation Held in our brand-new Community Space on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (from March – December).

From 10.30am-12.30pm

There will be a different activity each month, which may include making enrichment for our animals, a quiz or arts and crafts activities. Each session you will also get an opportunity to meet a member of our team such as a keeper, scientist, or librarian.

Tea, Coffee, and Biscuits will be provided.

Please call 07966 294 022 or email: communityengagement@zsl.org to book a space. More information will be sent out after your booking is confirmed.

Dende Drama for Elders at Mayfair Library, 25 South Audley Street, W1K 2PB every Friday 3.30pm-5.30pm from Friday 17th May to 5th July (no session on 21st June)

Offering drama projects to the 60+.

Our work is about empowering seniors by offering the best practice in terms of content and delivery whist generating well-being through what we believe are two of the most important tools against the adversities of the process of ageing: fun and socialisation. 

This term we will continue working on Improvisation, going further into the exploration of being spontaneous. We will be building on the lovely work the group has been doing.

The sessions will remain being drop-in and no previous experience is needed, so if you have never joined and / or have been absent for a while, fear not, since the work remains being based on fun and inclusivity and you are always welcome to join or rejoin whenever works for you.

FREE Concerts at Regent Hall Concert Hall, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ, near Oxford Circus Tube Station

21st June 1.00pm - Junior Guildhall String Ensemble

5th July 1.00pm Royal Academy of Music presents Paloma Camarasa mezzo soprano &Krisztina Orvos piano

12th July 1.00pm The Englefield Ensemble

19th July 1.00pm Patrick Hemmerte - Beethoven - Sonata no 2 in D minor Op 31 
“Pastorale” Op 5 & Medtner - Sonata in G minor Op 22
26th July 1.00pm Jung Eun Serverine Kim - Beethoven - Sonata in C minor Op 10 no 1 & Schurbert - Sonata in C minor D958
2nd August 1.00pm Dobromir Tsenov - Beethoven, Lyubomir Pipkov & Liszt
9th August 1.00pm Ophelia Gordon - Beethoven, Ravel & Kapustin
16th August 1.00pm Royal Academy of Music presents “Sounds of Ukraine”

A tri-venue festival supporting Ukrainian students in London
23rd August 1.00pm Aureus Trio - Haydn - Piano Trio No39 in G Major ‘Gypsy’
Brahms -Piano Trio No1 in B Major Op 8

30th August 1.00pm Diana Gordiienko piano & friends

Healthwatch

Healthwatch Westminster offers confidential support and free information about NHS health andsocial care services to help you understand your options and obtain the help you require. We assist with the following questions, issues, and areas: accessing adult social care, filing a complaint with a GP practice or hospital, referring to advocacy services, registering and deregistering from a GP, and informing you of your rights under the NHS Constitution to help you make informed decisions.We are based at the Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road W2 5ES, and are in the office every Wednesday from 10:00am to 16:00pm. Alternatively, you can reach out to us by phoning us at 0208 106 1480, or by email at info@healthwatchwestminster.org.uk

Health pop-ups providing Free Health Checks

Come along to an NHS health pop-up for free health checks – no appointment needed.

Eligible adults can get the COVID spring booster vaccine.

Adults can get:

  • COVID booster (if over 75 or over 18 and immunosuppressed)
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Blood sugar level checks
  • BMI checks
  • Health advice

Westminster Almshouses

42 Rochester Row

SW1P 1BU

Monday 17th June 10.00am – 4.00pm

Westbourne Park Family Centre at the Baptist Church

Porchester Road

W2 5DX

Thursday 20th June 10.00am – 4.00pm

Freedom Pass (ALL DAY) on Fridays.

As you may have seen, the Mayor has launched a 3-month pilot for Freedom Pass and 60+ Oyster Card use BEFORE 9.00am on Fridays. This is part of the ‘Let’s Do Friday’s’ initiative.  If this increases passenger numbers, the Mayor will be under much more pressure to make this permanent. 

We would like the next Mayor to make the trial a permanent change and to do the same on Mondays to Thursdays. Many of you will be aware that this is an issue Age UK campaigned for, so although this is a positive step in the right direction we would like to see more done.

Handyperson Service - Westminster Council

Westminster residents aged over 60, or in receipt of disability benefit, can request free help from a handyperson. The service covers minor works to a home such as replacing light bulbs and other small DIY jobs. It does not cover gardening, plumbing or decorating, and it is not an emergency service, however they are able to support people with essential jobs.

Phone number: 020 7641 8959 Email: hia@westminster.gov.uk

Online referral form: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/handyperson

Asthma and Lung Conditions

Asthma + Lung UK’s Westminster Support Group for respiratory conditions

https://www.asthmaandlung.org.uk/

helpline@asthmaandlung.org.uk

0737 8606728 for questions on asthma.

Westminster Breathe Easy support group

Contact Tess Jelen:

Email; t.jelen@btinternet.com

or text: 0794 6514380

We support people with respiratory conditions, their friends, family and carers, helping with information and companionship.

A 4-page printed newsletter is for non-digital members. But if you use email, why not receive the full multi-page newsletter direct to your in-box by registering with www.breatheasywestminster.com to become a free member with regular updates and information.

Westminster Talking Therapies

What is Westminster Talking Therapies?

Westminster Talking Therapies is a free and confidential NHS service that supports those with mental health difficulties including stress, low mood, anxiety, and more. You can access Westminster Talking Therapies if you are over the age of 16 and live, work, or have a GP in the borough of Westminster.

What support do you offer?

We provide individual or group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and individual Counselling. We also work closely with other organisations within Westminster and can signpost you where appropriate. Please see the table below for more information on what we offer.

Low intensity CBT

High intensity CBT

Counselling

·      One-to-one sessions with a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP)

·      30-minute sessions

·      Treatment typically lasts between 4 and 6 weeks

·      Guided self-help: you are supported by a PWP to understand your difficulties and use self-help materials.

·      One-to-one sessions with a CBT Therapist

·      50-minute sessions

·      Treatment typically lasts between 8 and 12 weeks

·      A CBT Therapist supports those experiencing more complicated difficulties to understand the patterns of thoughts and behaviours that can keep them stuck.

·      One-to-one sessions with a Counsellor

·      50-minute sessions

·      Treatment typically lasts between 8 and 12 weeks

·      Counselling offers more of an exploratory approach and a space to discuss your feelings, relationships, similar situations.

Group Courses

·      We offer both low intensity and high intensity groups delivered by PWPs or CBT Therapists

·      Courses can last between 4 and 12 weeks

·      Sessions are typically 90 minutes

·      You can meet other people who are experiencing similar difficulties

·      You can share as much or as little as you feel comfortable

·      Groups take place online and face-to-face

·      Some of our groups include: Mood Boost, Stress & Worry, How to Feel Good About Yourself, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Recovering from Depression, Walking Group.

What is CBT?

CBT is a present focused talking therapy which is based on the idea that how you think, feel, and act are connected. With a therapist, you can untangle unhelpful patterns of thoughts and behaviours which can keep problems going.

How is therapy delivered?

Therapy is provided over the phone, online via video call, or face-to-face at one of our offices. You will be asked at assessment which modality you prefer.

If English is not your first language, you will have access to an interpreter.

How can I access Westminster Talking Therapies?

You can self-refer by filling out the form on our website

https://talkingtherapies.cnwl.nhs.uk/westminster or scanning the QR code.

Alternatively, you can give us a call on:

030 3333 0000 or send us an email at

Westminster.iapt@nhs.net.

You can also get a referral through your GP.

Where are we based?

Our offices are at two locations in Westminster:

North Hub: 11 Praed Street, W2 1NJ

South Hub: 190 Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V 1DX

External Dementia services

Resonate Arts

Our weekly Creative Dance & Movement sessions take place on Monday 10th, 17th & 24th June, 2.00pm–3.30pm at Penfold Community Hub, 60 Penfold Street, NW8 8PJ. Gentle, friendly and playful movement class, chair-based if needed. To book your free place, please call Katie on 0300 030 7212 or email: info@resonatearts.org

Our Singing with Friends Choir rehearsals take place in person at Wigmore Hall on Tuesday 11th 18th & 25th June and also online (via Zoom) on Tuesday 4th & 18th June.

For more info, please call Shelley on 0300 030 7212.

Music for the Moment – our free dementia-friendly concert series in partnership with the Royal Academy of Music – takes place on Friday 14th June at Wigmore Hall (note venue!). Hugo Lau (clarinet) and Rebecca Whitehouse (oboe) from the Royal Academy of Music will be performing. Tea & cake from 2.30pm, concert starts at 3pm. Wheelchair spaces are limited! Please kindly let the box office know in advance if you use a wheelchair or have any other access requirements: call 020 7935 2141 to book. For anyone who can’t come, the concert will also be streamed online at: https://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/14June24

Creative Space Art sessions take place at the Salvation Army, Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ. Our next session will be on Monday 17th June, 2.00pm–3.45pm. To book your free place, please contact Shelley on 0300 030 7212 or shelley@resonatearts.org

Memory Café North Wednesday 26th June, 2.30pm–4.30pm
42 Westbourne Park Road, Bayswater, W2 5PH
Providing group-based support for people living with dementia and memory loss.
Call London Care Westminster on 020 7723 5425 or email: marco.sepe@candchealthcare.co.uk

Housing Benefit Claimants to be migrated to Universal Credit

What everyone who receives Housing Benefit must do from June as major changes explained

Claimants will receive Migration Notice letters in the post.

Major changes are happening from June affecting people who receive Housing Benefit. People who receive Housing Benefit only will be receiving a letter from the DWP over the coming weeks outlining the changes and what they need to do.

Anyone who doesn't take action will suffer disruption to their payments as their current benefits will stop. This will happen three months from when claimants receive a Migration Notice letter in the post as part of the move to Universal Credit.

People will need to apply for Universal Credit (UC) and the process will not be automatic. The letters will tell claimants what they will have to do next and how to go about applying for UC.

Claimants are being urged not to ignore the Migration Notice letter when it arrives. Advice is available online for anyone who is worried or unsure about what is happening.

This can be found by following the link below. It is part of the long-running process to move people on benefits over to UC.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tax-credits-and-some-benefits-are-ending-move-to-universal-credit

BT Digital Voice Switch from Analogue to Digital landline connection

The UK government is taking further action to delay the switch off of traditional landline technology amidst growing fears vulnerable Brits could be left without essential telecare services. 

Phone network operators including Openreach, CityFibre and Community Fibre have joined others including Virgin Media O2 and BT in promising to protect the nearly two million customers who use personal alarm safety devices that rely on old landline technology to function.

The government said the new agreement with telecoms firms “will better protect those using personal alarms, known as telecare, which offer remote support to elderly, disabled, and vulnerable people – with many located in rural and isolated areas.”

BT customers given five-word warning if you don't want your landline switched off.

Customers with the telecoms giant are slowly being transitioned into a new, more modern service.

BT customers have been told they must utter five magic words to the telecoms company if they wish to keep their current landline.

The firm is 'modernising' its UK phone network, with crews converting analogue lines to digital after the former were deemed too expensive to maintain.

They are following a timetable to transition their entire network by January 27, and firms like Virgin Media and O2, among others, are expected to follow.

While the change to digital is not expected to bring any connection hiccups to analogue households, their reliance on electricity will mean they don't work during power cuts or other unexpected outages.

Vulnerable Britons who require 24/7 access to their landlines will want to keep their current connections, and they can do so if they tell BT.

Anyone classed as vulnerable who wishes to remain attached to an analogue network - which can operate separately from an internet connection - must inform BT.

Vulnerable Britons are those who claim disability allowance, suffer from mental health issues, or feel confused and anxious about the digital switch.

They may also be people living in isolated areas where power cuts are more commonplace or where there is limited mobile reception.

Those who fall within these criteria must call BT on 0330 1234 150 and press "one", "one", and "five" after they reach the automated response.

They must then say "I am a vulnerable customer", and explain why they don't want to switch to digital.

People will be informed beforehand whether they live in an area that is being transitioned to the digital service, usually through letter communications.

Those who choose to accept the switch will be given a date on which they can anticipate the switch and a small, palm-sized adapter in the mail that they can plug into an electricity outlet.

The outlet comes equipped with a remote signal that will enable phone calls over the internet via wifi.

Free Wills Month – October 2024

Age UK have partnered with Free Wills Month to give our supporters the opportunity to have a simple will written or updated for free.

When is Free Wills Month?

Free Wills Month takes place in March and October every year, and it will be returning in October 2024.

What is Free Wills Month?

Age UK supporters who are 55 or over can have a simple will written or updated free of charge by a participating solicitor.

If you choose to write your will through Free Wills Month we hope you'll consider leaving a gift in your will to Age UK, although there's no obligation to do so.

What areas participate in Free Wills Month?

Free Wills Month takes part in selected locations across England, Scotland and Wales.

Exact locations will be confirmed closer to the time. Contacting Free Wills Month directly is always the best way to find your local participating solicitor.

Please follow the link for further information:

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/donate/leave-legacy/free-wills-month/

Early Detection: Your Best Defence Against Cancer

As we journey through life, it's an inevitable truth that our bodies change. As we age, the risk of cancer increases, making early detection crucial for effective treatment and improved outcomes. At Age UK Westminster, we understand the importance of proactive health measures, which is why we're here to empower you with information and support to live longer and better lives.

Why Early Detection Matters:

The earlier cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat. This simple truth underscores the importance of regular screenings and prompt attention to any changes in your body. Here's why early detection is vital:

  • Easier Treatment: Catching cancer in its early stages often means less aggressive treatments and a higher likelihood of successful outcomes.
  • Reduced Spread: Early detection reduces the risk of cancer spreading to other parts of the body, improving outcome and quality of life.
  • Improved Survival Rates: Timely detection significantly increases the chances of survival, offering hope and optimism for the future.

Taking Charge of Your Health:

Empower yourself with proactive steps to safeguard your well-being:

- Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to any changes, such as new lumps, blood in urine or poo, or persistent coughs. These could be early warning signs of cancer.

- Consult Your GP: Don't hesitate to discuss any concerns with your general practitioner or other health professional. They are there to support you and provide guidance on next steps.

- Attend Screening Appointments: Take advantage of screening programs and tests offered to your age group. These screenings can detect cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages.

- Open Dialogue: Talk openly about your health concerns and fears with your healthcare provider and loved ones. Support and understanding play a crucial role in navigating health challenges.

Support for Screening Attendance:

Age UK Kensington & Chelsea and Age UK Westminster are committed to ensuring that residents aged 50 and above can attend their screening appointments without barriers. We provide transportation assistance for those who would otherwise face challenges in reaching their appointments.

If you reside in Kensington & Chelsea, call 020 8969 9105.

If you reside in Westminster, call 020 3092 9914.

Did You Know?

- Bowel Cancer: The fourth most common cancer, early detection through screening can significantly improve outcomes. Offered to men and women aged 52 to 74. Residents aged 75 and above can request a screening test by calling 0800 707 6060.

- Breast Cancer: Regular screenings every three years from ages 50 to 71 are essential for early detection. For those aged 71 and above, appointments can be requested by calling 020 3758 2024.

- Cervical Cancer : There is a programme for preventing this cancer by detecting and treating early abnormalities which, if left untreated, might lead to cervical cancer. Screening is offered every 5 years to women aged up to 64 at your GP practice.

- Prostate Cancer: Request a blood test from your GP to monitor prostate health. This is particularly important for men, with a higher risk among black ethnic communities and those with a family history.

- Lung Cancer: Individuals aged 55 to 74, with a history of smoking, can request a free NHS lung health check by calling 020 7351 8607. This programme is active as from April 2024

If you have any health concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to your GP or other health professional for guidance and support.

Age UK Westminster and Age UK Kensington are here to support you on your health journey, providing transportation assistance for screening appointments.

How to protect yourself from fraud!

  1. Know the fraud signs: Common tactics can include impersonating an authority or ‘trusted’ voice or using language that evokes powerful emotions such as fear or even hope, promising you great financial gains if you ‘act now’.
  2. Protect yourself: While you can’t stop a criminal attempting to defraud you, you can make yourself a harder target. If you feel at risk, break contact by closing a text, email or conversation. You could also try changing your online passwords.
  3. Report it: If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, you should always report it. If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and have been defrauded report it to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040. In Scotland, all reports of fraud should be reported to Police Scotland by calling 101.
  4. Don’t be afraid to seek help: If you’ve been affected by fraud, remember support is available. It’s important that we all feel empowered to ask for help when we are a victim of fraud, as it’s by calling it out that we ultimately take back control.

General Election – Thursday 4th July 2024

What you need to know:

To register to vote:

  • If you are not already registered to vote, you can check that you are eligible to vote here. Broadly speaking, you need to be aged 18+ and a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen.
  • To vote in the General Election, you need to be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday 18th June.
  • You can register online here. You’ll need your National Insurance number.
  • Alternatively, you can download the forms hereand post them back to your local Electoral Registration Office. 

If you don’t want to vote in person

  • You can also apply for a postal vote. This must be done by 5pm on Wednesday 19th Juneand can be done online or by post. You don’t need photo ID to apply for a postal vote. 
  • You can apply to vote by proxy(so someone can vote on your behalf) by5pm on Wednesday 26th June, which doesn’t require you to have photo ID, just your National Insurance number

Check you have the right photo ID to vote in person

  • There is a wide range of accepted ID you can use, such as your driving licence, bus pass, passport and Blue Badge. You can check the full list on the Electoral Commission’s website here.
  • These don’t even need to be in date, as long as the photo on that ID still looks like you and has the same name on it that you registered to vote with.

What to do if you don’t have the right ID

  • If you don’t have any ID on the list, don’t worry! If you are already registered to vote, you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate.
  • This can be done online or by post, just make sure you do so by 5pm on Wednesday 26th June.
  • Your local council can help you take a photo if you’re struggling, and you can also call the Electoral Commission helpline at 0800 328 0280 for any extra support.
  • The great thing about a Voter Authority Certificate is that if you got one last year or in May, you can use it again. 

Lots of useful information can be found on Age UK’s website too.
It’s important everyone knows about these rules so they can vote easily.