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friendship matters jun 2018

Friendship and engagement with others is important in keeping older people active. Friendships help to reduce demands and support from health and social care services. Together we have the opportunity to play a key role in helping Enfield become a more friendly society.

On Friday, 22 June an event is being arranged especially focused on older people living in Enfield. This Friendship Matters event is aimed at attracting those who may be experiencing loneliness and isolation to attend and become engaged by meeting with individuals and groups and thereby improve their quality of life.

We need your help in identifying and inviting those individuals who would benefit from popping in on the day. Your input is vital if we are to tackle the effects of loneliness. It is recognised that not all older people living alone are necessarily lonely hence the programme is being developed to help those older people who are isolated and would benefit from support. This is not a one-off event, but the beginning of a journey to enjoying a friendlier and healthier lifestyle.

If you know of someone who might benefit, please invite them, remind them of the date nearer
the time and if necessary, arrange to meet them and bring them along. Transport can be arranged for our ‘Friends’ to attend at our designated pick up points. A British Sign Language interpreter and Befrienders will be on hand throughout the day. Free refreshments will be available, so encourage them to pop in to enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, a cake and a chat with us and other friends.

Our free informal Friendship Matters launch event will be on Friday 22 June 2018. Pop-in between 10am to 3pm at the Dugdale Centre, 39 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS.

For more information, and details about arranging transport please contact Nancie on 07773 180337.

Friendship Matters

We can help you to:

  • Be independent
  • Live healthily
  • Make friends

Join us at our free event.

There will be information and advice available, or just pop in to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, a cake and a chat.

If you or anyone you know, a relative/friend/neighbour would benefit from this event, please let them know.

Free refreshments

Programme of presentations and activities

10:15am to 10:35am
Homeshare Presentation
Sharing accommodation for help in the home

10:45am to 11:05am
Chair based Yoga Exercise
A gentle form of Yoga

11:15am to 11:35am
Community Safety, Home Security, Scams Awareness Presentation
How to stay safe and secure at home

11:45am to 12.05pm
Movement to Music
Exercise to improve your balance, coordination and overall health

12:15pm to 12:35pm
Home Fire Safety Presentation
Advice on how to keep safe from fire

12:45pm to 1:05pm
A gentle health-promoting exercise

1:15pm to 1:35pm
Health Presentation
An overview of what NHS services are available and advice on how to stay healthy

1:45pm to 2:05pm
Movement to Music
Exercise to improve your balance, coordination and overall health

2:15pm to 2:35pm
Community Safety, Home Security, Scams Awareness Presentation
How to stay safe and secure at home

2:45pm to 3pm
A gentle health-promoting exercise


  • Age UK Enfield
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • CommUNITY Barnet
  • Contact the Elderly
  • Enfield Asian Welfare Association
  • Enfield Borough Over 50s Forum
  • Enfield COPD Support Group
  • Enfield Disability Action
  • Enfield LGBT Network
  • Enfield Saheli
  • Enfield Women’s Centre
  • Greek & Greek Cypriot Community of Enfield
  • Healthwatch Enfield
  • Homeshare
  • Independence and Well-being Enfield
  • Lea Valley Park
  • Metropolitan Police Service Enfield – Safer Neighbourhoods Team
  • North London Hospice Compassionate Neighbours Team
  • Public Health
  • Royal Voluntary Service
  • Ruth Winston Centre
  • Safe and Connected - supporting people to live independently
  • Social care and assessment of care needs
  • University of the Third Age
  • Victim Support
  • Volunteer Centre Enfield
  • And more...

There will also be cards, dominos, and other games over a cup of tea with friends.

Pop in to have a look around. We look forward to seeing you.

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