Category Archives: INFORMATION

First aiders

A number of conveners and group leaders, as well as some Executive Committee members have attended a basic 3 hour first aid course.
With a blend of instruction and practical activities, our trainer Anthea Banner from Strong Roots Training talked us through the mysteries of DRABC, before showing us how to put a casualty into the recovery position.
This led into the intricacies of CPR, where we learnt the correct rhythm for our chest compressions by singing Staying Alive by the Bee Gees. After being introduced to the workings of the defibrillator, we moved on to consider less life threatening situations.
How to deal with choking, cuts and bleeding, sprains and strains were all covered by Anthea, so that we ended the session in the unusual positon of having learned loads of skills that we hope to never have to use.
Thanks are due to John Hemingway, convener of the Longer Walks Group,for arranging this training session.

Next Science of Health Seminar

Monday 29 July 2019

Dr Vic Chapman : Eating Disorders: More than just a Diet
The incidence of eating disorders in the under-18 population is increasing, and Anorexia Nervosa is known to have the highest mortality of all psychiatric disorders. Eating disorders demonstrate a complex interplay between physical and psychological symptoms and are not only notoriously difficult to treat but cause a significant impact on young people – male as well as female – at a crucial stage of life. In this talk Dr Chapman will consider the development of the illness and current research and views on treatment and management. Unlike the majority of serious illnesses, the inclusion of the family in treatment is critical to a productive treatment.
Dr Vic Chapman is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist specialising in eating disorders CAMHS, Royal Free Hospital.

The seminar will be held between 11.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Union Church and Community Centre at the junction of Ferme Park Road and Weston Park, N8 9PX.
Refreshments are provided at the Science of Health meetings.

Executive Committee news

The Executive Committee agreed recently to make actions arising from discussions available to all members for information.

Summary of actions arising from the Executive Committee (EC) meeting held on 21st June 2019

Executive Processes

* The final revision to the Code of Conduct for Committee members was approved and all present indicated their acceptance of it. Those not present to be contacted to seek acceptance. An agreed proposal set out that a maximum of 2 members could observe the Executive Committee meetings scheduled for 18th October or 20th December in 2019. It was agreed that the scheme should be advertised through the Bulletin, website and conveners ahead of these meetings.
* Draft plans with objectives for 2019 and beyond had been set out. It was anticipated that a small group would be formed to ensure delivery of the objectives ahead of the next AGM. Feedback to be submitted and the final form to be reissued ahead of the EC meeting scheduled for 18th October.

Groups / Meetings / Workshops

* First Aid training was being organised for a half-day session on 17th July and it would be offered to conveners of the more active groups, as well as any others interested. It was considered that there perhaps should be 2 members present at each monthly meeting who had had this training.
* The issue of data protection legislation was raised and training for conveners would be organised soon.
* The Talking About Death workshop, intended for November, has been advertised on the website.
* An organiser would be sought for the management of monthly meeting organisation, other than speakers
Update: an organiser has now been arranged


* 114 members so far had indicated that they would like to receive the Third Age Matters magazine. Members had until end July to respond and a further reminder to be sent out to members before then.

* It was agreed that there would be a members’ news section from the Autumn to be trialled for a period of up to 6 months, with an interim assessment of suitability at 3 months. Details of how this would work to be issued in September via the Bulletin and website. Additional volunteer help to be allocated to gather contributions and edit copy if required.


* A small working party to consider both how any remaining finance surplus might be used for members’ benefit (e.g. training), review in general the budget as it stands and make recommendations for any changes.

Social Events

* A Rock and Roll evening was being organised in the autumn. Date to be arranged, probably a Friday or Saturday in October or November

* It was agreed that perhaps a one-off line dancing social event could be arranged, with tickets purchased in advance, to establish the level of interest in this activity
Update: now not likely to go ahead.
* The final page of the membership form, relating to volunteering, had been revised and the completed version would be sent for use.