Lewisham Pensioners’ Day, Thursday 29th October

Session :Times Programme of Events
10:00 am to 11:00 am How to Improve Your Immune Function with Marion Kandake Makonnen BSc (Hons) Director of Instrumental Health
Marion has been in the field of holistic health for over 30 years and in clinical practice for over 12 years working in the private health care sector alongside diabetic specialists, endocrinologists and gynaecologists as well as osteopaths, physiotherapists and other health practitioners.
Marion is currently writing her second book on holistic and herbal female health. Her earlier Ebook, Holistic and Herbal Guide: Dealing with Corona Virus for Optimal Health can be accessed via the website.
11:00 am :to 12:11 noon Yarn Tales: Crochet ‘n’ Natter with CraftA
(Reminiscences Old and New)
Join our Peabody Yarn Tales (knit, crochet and natter)
Get involved in meeting new people, making new friends and chatting about things old and new. Remember old memories or make new ones, all around the joy of knitting and crochet.
Join our new crochet and crafts classes with CraftA funded by “We Are Lewisham 2020” and Lewisham Council.
You will get a chance to learn knitting or crochet, to improve or just sit and knit and natter for a bit. Or even just pop in to chat and watch before you give it a go.
This is a fun way to relax and meet new people in the comfort of your own home.
Run by a really experienced team, you will be put at your ease on-line and then the fun begins!
Come and improve rusty skills or just give it a try. Share your skills and knowledge with others. So bring a drink and yourself for a wonderful warm time.
To participate, all you need is a ball of wool and knitting needles or crochet hook.
So give it a go and join in some fun and spread the joy.
(If you have difficulty getting wool or materials you can pick up a starter pack.)
Join the Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 850 8732 2414
Passcode: 367489

Websites: hookedoncrochet.net/ – Hooked On Crochet – craftalondon.wordpress.com – Craft A
Phone: 07597 236 545

Not a session to join just using your landline phone (you will need the visuals!) but if you are interested in knitting and crochet get in touch with CraftA and/or ask the LPF office to send you a copy of the knitting pattern brochure sent out with their July newsletter—phone 020 8690 7869.

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm What End of Life Doulas, aka “Death Doulas” are up to During the Pandemic with Aly Dickinson, Secretary of End of Life Doula UK Recent statistics from the ONS are showing that more than 26,000 additional deaths at home have occurred his year. We are working remotely as well as well as in people’s homes and are also hearing stories of grief and trauma because people cannot be with their beloveds in Care Homes and Hospitals.
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm The Windrush Scandal, its Origins and the Fight for Compensation with Martin Forde QC
Martin qualified as a barrister in 1984 and was made Queen’s Counsel in 2006 He has a practice which covers all aspects of Health Law.
He was appointed the Independent Adviser to the Windrush Compensation Scheme in April 2018.
In 2020, the (protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/Gt3PCA5ZHNG0l3SGr30j) Powerlist named Martin as one of the most influential people for their impact on Politics, Law & Religion. He was listed in The Lawyer’s (protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/USfHCB5ZH7zqR9u6MJ0S) Hot 100 lawyers of 2019. In June 2020, Counsel Magazine (a href=”https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/1RmeCD5jH5DpJKTAMmwQ”>protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/1RmeCD5jH5DpJKTAMmwQ) interviewed Martin about Windrush, citizenship and diversity at the Bar as their front cover feature (protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/1RmeCD5jH5DpJKTAMmwQ).
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm Open Age—Life’s Just Begun (even in a Pandemic) with Iain Cassidy Open Age is a member-led charity that provides weekly low cost activities in the areas of performing and creative arts, languages, learning, socials, and physical activity to hundreds of people a week in NW London. Iain will share with us some of his experiences as CEO of maintaining a semblance of this service over the other side of Town in these recent difficult times. www.openage.org.uk
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm Keep our NHS Public and Socialist Health Association Initiative on Social Care with Tony O’Sullivan, Co-Chair of KONP
Tony is one of the founder members of the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign. He is also co-chair of Keep Our NHS Public, an active campaigning organisation with 70 branches nationwide.
He is speaking to you today on the KONP and Socialist Health Association campaign to persuade political parties and the public that we need to develop a national care service, publicly funded by the government and free to those who need it. keepournhspublic.com
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Closing Panel Session 2
Voluntary Sector Groups and Workers are especially called upon to contribute to this discussion. Join the session HERE and please just try again if there’s an initial delay.
  A) Psychological impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on all older adults
Nicola Gower Service Manager of the CMHT Lewisham
What SLaM is doing for Older Adults in Lewisham
Gloria Koduah Lewisham Carers Information Advice & Support Services
How the Covid Pandemic has affected carers.
Tracey Jarrett LPF Manager and CEO of Shine your Light and Freelance Trainer specialising in Mental Health and Race Equalities, Radio Show host and Event Organiser
Recognising signs of depression in the elderly.
  B) Another look at “the New Normal” and Future Plans
The Facilitating Team with input also from the voluntary sector groups and workers—please join to share your views, ideas and experience.
Iris Till the Positive Ageing Council.
Jenny Budd Lewisham Healthy Walks and the GCDA
Event close With grateful thanks to all session leaders, all contributors generously donating their time and expertise and all who join us—whether or not you speak—just being here is important.
We also thank our IT experts for their assistance.
We hope this new-style meeting proves to be of value—please check with the LPF website or phone the office for information on the resulting summary, report and recordings.

Click HERE to join in via Zoom at the specified time.
Meeting ID 816 0540 6082. Password 183 198
(If you encounter that revolving circle it might well be resolved if you just try again.)
To join via a landline call 020 3901 7895 or 020 3481 5240 and when prompted enter the Meeting ID 816 0540 6082 and #. Password 183 198.
(If you have problems phone 020 8690 7869 and we can try to assist.)

Lewisham Pensioners’ Day, Wednesday 28th October

Session TimeProgramme of Events
10:00 am to 11:00 amLondon Region NPC responses during the Covid-19 period with Barry Todman of the London Region National Pensioners Convention Barry is presenting an overview of how the pandemic affected the ability of the NPC London Region to continue to operate effectively, and how they have had to adjust to lockdown, and subsequently post-lockdown how NPC London Region continue to be a campaigning organisation for pensioners in the Capital.
11:00 am to 12:00 noonHow to Age Joyfully. Is it Possible in a Pandemic? with Maggy Pigott CBE FRSA Maggy, age 69, had her first book, ‘How to Age Joyfully: Eight Steps to a Happier, Fuller Life’ (Foreword by Dame Judi Dench), published last year. The book has been praised by health and ageing experts and readers, for example, Sir Muir Gray, Professor and Consultant in Public Health, calling it ‘an outstanding book … a manifesto for living better longer’.
Maggy is Vice Chair of Open Age, a charity for older people, to whom she is donating half her sale proceeds.
Join her 8,000 Twitter followers at Age Joyfully @AgeingBetter and for more information see: www.howtoagejoyfully.com
12.00 noon to 12:30 pmBreak
12:30 pm to 1:00 pmRace and Age: Age UK’s Work on Older People of Colour with Emma Sutton of Age UK
Equality, diversity, and inclusion are central to everything we do at Age UK, we aim to celebrate the diversity of older people. This session will explore Age UK’s work on the intersectionality between Age and Race and where we are headed.
1:00 pm to 2:00 pmEmpire & Windrush with Arthur Torrington CBE of the Windrush Foundation A presentation on the history of the British Empire, the British Caribbean and the Windrush Generation. www.windrushfoundation.com
2:00 pm to 2:45 pmIntroduction to Lasting Powers of Attorney: Putting Your Affairs in Order with Charlotte Mandy of Grant Saw LLP A brief introduction into Lasting Powers of Attorney: what they are; how they are useful and why you should not delay in preparing them. With advice on carefully choosing your attorneys, the guidance you can give them and things your attorneys should consider in carrying out their duties. https://grantsaw.com
2:45 pm to 3:00 pmBreak
3:00 pm to 4:30 pmSouth East London Clinical Commissioning Groups Covid Recovery Plan
To get the most out of this session it is suggested that participants should have a look in advance at the CCCG Recovery Plans available through links on their website or download here the FULL and SUMMARY PDF format documents.
If you would like to submit specific questions in advance please email them to LPF — info@lpforum.org — and they can be sent to the CCG who will try to address them.
A) Questions to be Discussed by the Group:
   1) What was your experience of the COVID first wave including
       (i) changes in services delivered and the way they were delivered
       (ii) personal impact including changes in your social sphere, impact on mental health/resilience, work, daily life?
   2) Lessons learned: what does your experience tell us—health and care providers and commissioners—about how we need to do things differently going forward?
   3) With the current resurgence of COVID in London, what are your key concerns about health and care services now?
   4) Is there anything else that you think we need to know, but haven’t touched on?
B) Recovery Plan Comments and Queries:
    Presentation of Summary Slides.
    Opportunity for questions and clarification.

Click HERE to join in via Zoom at the specified time.
Meeting ID 816 0540 6082. Password 183 198
(If you encounter that revolving circle it might well be resolved if you just try again.)
To join via a landline call 020 3901 7895 or 020 3481 5240 and when prompted enter the Meeting ID 816 0540 6082, #, password 183 198.

Lewisham Pensioners’ Day, Tuesday 27th October

Session TimesProgramme of Events
10:30 am to 11:00 amLewisham Pensioners Forum Introduction to the Event, our conference rationale and programme for the next three days with Tracey Jarrett, LPF Manager, and the team of Facilitators. Introduction to Chairman and Trustees
11:00 am to 12:00 noonThe Local Authority response to the Pandemic and our Recovery Plan with Councillor Chris Best, LBL Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care
Followed by Open Discussion
12:00 noon to 1:00 pmBreak
1:00 pm to 1:30 pmRacial Inequalities / Institutional Racism with Bridgit A. Sam-Bailey, LPF Chairman
“In this session I will set out the effects of Racial Harassment on the recipients.”
2:00 pm to 3:00 pmLife After the Pandemic: The Challenges to Campaigning with Jan Shortt, General Secretary of the National Pensioners Convention
The pandemic has shown the true state of human rights for older people. The NPC is the largest campaigning organisation for older people in the UK. Our work is for the benefit of today’s and tomorrow’s pensioners as what we gain or lose now, those in future retirement will also gain or lose. Through the months of lockdown, so many kind and generous souls gave their time, energy and consideration to helping those in need. However, the tragic loss of life and the inability of government to learn lessons from their mistakes, makes it important for the NPC to campaign even harder for the rights of older people. Life after COVID will mean we need to campaign differently. Our policies lead the way for our campaign strategies which we will share through this presentation.
www.npcuk.org info@npcuk.org
3:00 pm to 3:30 pmWho Writes your Notes? Personal testimony of issues with “Very Frail” appearing on an individual’s notes, not entered by their GP as received from Ivan Rowland, Forum Member
3:30 pm to 4:00 pmMigrant Charging in the NHS with Jane Keogh of the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign
In this session Jane will give a short background on the SLHC, the different issues they campaign on and how the working group on NHS Migrant Health Charging came to be established.
There follows a very brief overview of the legal framework regarding NHS charging, the work undertaken on this issue by the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign and the working group. www.savelewishamhospital.com
4:00 pm to 5:30 pmClosing Panel Session 1
Summary of sessions so far (highlighting key issues raised)
Lessons Learnt – What Next?
What will be the “New Normal”? Creating an Inclusive Future and Considering the Needs of All Older Adults
Voluntary Sector Groups and Workers are especially called upon to contribute to this discussion.
Join the Zoom session HERE, password below, and just try again if there’s an initial delay.

Click HERE to join in via Zoom at the specified time.
Meeting ID 816 0540 6082. Password 183 198
(If you encounter that revolving circle it might well be resolved if you just try again.)
To join via a landline call 020 3901 7895 or 020 3481 5240 and when prompted enter the Meeting ID 816 0540 6082, #, password 183 198.

Lewisham Pensioners’ Day – 2020

See session details set out in the following posts:-

Download PDF programme – 635 KB

Some “house-keeping”, an advance apology and a disclaimer

You are all welcome to this virtual space. We would normally be pointing to the fire exits and warning you that photographs are being taken. Instead we say that if you are getting lost phone 020 8690 7869 and we will try to help you and, importantly, we notify you that most sessions are being recorded to be shared at a later date.
(We are very much aware of the “digitally excluded” who are not able to participate but might, with assistance of family or friends, be able to catch up later.)

This is all new to most of us. Lewisham Pensioners Forum in putting together this event is charting relatively unknown waters. Please bear with us if the technology, or our unfamiliarity with it, lets us down.
A platform and schedule has been created for interesting information and stimulating discussion. Lewisham Pensioners Forum will endeavour to host the occasion fairly and firmly but the charity is not to be held responsible for information given or opinions stated by participants.

Health Fayre – 2020

Wednesday 29th January 2020, Civic Suite, Catford SE6 $RU, from 10 am to 4 pm
Have a fun time by getting involved in our physical activites, health screening and workshops.
A light lunch will be served for those attending the whole day

lpf health fayreOnce again we invite all members of Lewisham Pensioners Forum and their friends to a packed programme.

Health Fayre – 30 January 2019

Tackling Elderly Abuse in our Community
Let’s talk about elder abuse

shine a light on it, stomp it out and change things for the better

Wednesday 30th January 2019
Civic Suite, The Old Town Hall, Catford Road, SE6 4RU
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
light lunch of hot freshly made soup and bread

The day will also include additional Speakers, information stalls, workshops, pampering sessions, that will prove to be enjoyable, fun, uplifting, and empowering.

Keynote speakers

  • Eileen Chubb, BUPA Whistle blower and founder of Compassion in Care
  • Bridgit Sam-Bailey

Workshop facilitators

  • Natalie Payne – How to protect yourself from financial abuse, a legal perspective
  • Cherry Jarrett – How to protect yourself from mental abuse
  • Vasco Stevenson – 10 steps to aging well

The aim of the day is to

  • Gain an understanding of the five common types of abuse
  • Identify signs of abuse
  • Gain more confidence to talk about Elder abuse
  • How to protect whistleblowers
  • And to learn about the possible protective factors
  • Find out how and where to get help

Who should attend:

  • Seniors, elders
  • Anyone who works in the care industry; care givers, nurses, doctors
  • LPF members
  • General public

Conference Rationale

Elder abuse can be defined as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person”.

Elder abuse can take various forms such as financial, physical, psychological and sexual. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect World Health Organization. Both men and women can be at risk of being abused, and this can potentially happen wherever they live or visit. This may include: someone’s own home, in a carer’s home, in a day centre, in a residential home, in a nursing home, in open space, or in a hospital.

Abuse of any kind is not pleasant to talk about, and if goes unchecked, will often lead to poorer quality of life for the victims and can even result in their death. The profound negative impact this has on the community means we all have an obligation to preserve the human rights of older people.

With that said we are honoured to present an event that is host to Eileen Chubb, one member of the BUPA 7 Whistle blowers, co- founder of Compassion in Care and author of the book Beyond the Façade which described her experiences. Today she will be sharing those experiences with us and explore what we can all do to protect our loved ones and ourselves from such abuse, challenging the systems and individual guilt of such offences.

‘It’s better to be outside confronting the injustice then inside conforming to the system that is failing to care and protect people in need’ E Chubb.

Programme Chaired by Bridgit Sam-Bailey
10:00am – 10:15am Registration (booking treatments & one to one sessions)
10:15am – 10:20am Welcome & housekeeping by Bridgit Sam-Bailey
10:20am – 10:35am Bridgit Sam-Bailey Chairman of LPF – “Speaking from a personal perspective”
10:35am – 11:05am Eileen Chubb founder of Compassion in Care Part 1
11:05am – 11:15am Tim Bradley – Wellbeing Map of Lewisham
11:15am – 11:25am Paulette & Sophia from Paradigm Pure Health – The Power of Self-Management
11:25am – 11:30am Presentation by Bridgit Sam-Bailey to Grenfell Tower – Olive Condolence Tree from Lewisham Residents
11:30am – 11:50am Comfort Break
12:00pm – 12:30pm Eileen Chubb from Compassion in Care – Part 2 how should what you look for in a good care home –
12:30pm – 1:00pm Natalie Payne from Mackrell Turner Garrett, Solicitors – Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse
1:00pm – 1:10pm Arlette Meli from Lewisham Healthwatch – Lewisham Independent Health Complaints Advocacy Service
1:15pm – 2:15pm lunch
1:45pm – 1:50pm Prize draw by Bridgit Sam-Bailey
1:50pm – 1:55pm Olivia Sullivan from SLH Campaign – General up-date on NHS issues
1:55:pm – 2:15pm Jenny Budd from Walking for Health with GCDA – “Building Your Resilience’
2:15pm – 2:45pm Eileen Chubb from Compassion in Care – Deal with the reality of Elderly Abuse a Practical guide
2:45pm – 3:45pm Cherry Jarrett – Protecting yourself from mental abuse
2:45pm – 3:45pm Vasco Stevenson – ‘10 Steps to aging well’
3:45pm – 3:55pm Ukulele Sing-along Performance
3:55pm – 4:00pm Closing remarks & thank you – Bridgit Sam-Bailey
Program is subject to change


  1. Carer’s Lewisham
  2. LPF
  3. Macmillan Cancer Research
  4. GCDA
  5. Artful Dodgers
  6. Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign
  7. Lewisham Independent
  8. Paradigm Pure Health
  9. Neals Yard

10. Mackrell Turner Garrett Solicitors


Treatment Room 8 starting at 11am – last booking at 3:30pm
Book session at the point of registration

Information to follow

LPF’s Pensioners Day 2018

Promoting Well-being and combating inequalities

Wednesday 3rd October 1pm to 4pm (doors open 12noon)
in the Broadway Theatre, Catford, SE6 4RU

All welcome

Guest Speakers—Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham
Professor Gillian Manthorpe of the UCL and Marion Watson on the Ladywell “Therapeutic Garden Project”
PLUS Great Entertainment and the Grand Raffle
the Forum’s Knit ‘n’ Knatter sales and
“Information Bags” for each audience member

Tickets £5 on the door or £4.50 in advance

Picnic Lunch included in the ticket price

If you or a friend have mobility issues so you can’t get there and back by public transport, the usual LCT minibuses are booked to help you.
Phone the Forum office (020 8690 7869). But please ring us by no later than 12 noon on Monday
24 Sept. to secure your place.

Where to buy your advance tickets

(Cheaper and means you will be in the faster moving queue when the doors open—just showing your ticket as you enter.)

  • At the Riverdale Table 10.30am to 12noon on Friday 14 and Friday 21 September
  • In St Mauritius House (see below) between 10.30 and 3pm each Monday
  • In the Old Town Hall Lewisham Homes reception area (right next to the Civic Suite, Catford) each Wednesday in September between 11am and 2pm
  • In Age Exchange, Blackheath, SE3 9LA on Wednesday 19 September from 10.30am to 2pm
  • One Saturday (date tbc) in Brockley Market, 10am to 2pm Lewisham Way near Lewisham College
  • Various other events and outlets (ring 020 8690 7869 for more information)
  • NOT available from the Broadway Theatre Box Office

Forum May Meeting

Campaigning with the Council

Wednesday 30 May, 10am (meeting starts 10.30)
Civic Suite, Catford, SE6 4RU

It’s a time of change—new Mayor, new Councillors and new CEO.

Come along for an overview of the present structure (we’re inviting some former councillors and hardened LPF campaigners to share their experience). Then we will ask you to contribute your views on what works and what doesn’t: what ain’t broke and so is not in need of fixing or where some changes might benefit everyone.

Plus discussion on what’s come out of responses to the Campaign Questionnaire and the way forward for the LPF on campaign issues.

There will also be time to visit the LPF information tables—for you to sign up to outings (we’ll have details about the Painted Ceiling Tour in July), sign the Toilet Petition and renew your membership in time to receive the next newsletter—before the meeting closes at 1pm.

Forum March Meeting – Age-Friendly Cities

10 AM (meeting starts at 10:30 AM), Wednesday 21 March 2018
Council Chamber, Civic Suite, Catford, SE6 4RU

Age-Friendly Cities

How plans in the Borough can be made to measure up to this ideal.

We hope to hear from Team Catford and learn about the proposals for New Cross/New Cross Gate and Convoys Wharf.

There will be LPF information tables and time to ask questions of our speakers.

Friendship Quilt

LPF members are getting together to make a “Friendship Quilt”

For more information, call in to the Monday Project, St Mauritus House, Lewisham Park, SE13 6QX at around 1 PM any Monday or phone 020 8690 7869 to find out more.

Any Member of LPF with the skill or enthusiasm is invited to come together to make the Friendship Quilt. Many different hands will contribute to the finished piece that can be used for publicity, display or even fundraising (get friends or family to sponsor a panel).

Those engaged in the task can come along to sew in the socail setting of the Monday Project or work in their own homes.