A cancer pop-up shop piloted in Croydon has paved the way for more to open across London.
Set up in partnership between Croydon council and the London Health Improvement Board, the shop had more than 1,300 visitors during its five week pilot last autumn in the Centrale shopping centre, North End.
Its success has been highlighted in an evaluation report by King’s College London, due for publication this summer.
As a result, two more pop-up shops are planned for Islington and Haringey this summer, with other boroughs to be invited over the coming year.
The shop was an opportunity for people to get advice and information about cancer, and to learn more about identifying its signs and symptoms.
They were given the opportunity to ask questions about cancer and discuss concerns they might not feel comfortable sharing with family, friends or even their GP.
The university’s report notes that during the Croydon pilot:
Over 38 days, 1,319 people visited the shop 279 nurse consultations took place and more than 10,000 leaflets were distributed on topics including healthy living and cancer symptoms.
42 per cent of visitors were advised to see their GP
Cllr Margaret Mead, cabinet member for adult services and health, said: “We were delighted to host the capital’s first cancer pop-up shop in Croydon.
“As this report recognises, this was an innovative way of raising awareness of cancer, where people were given the confidence to talk about it and ask any questions.
“We want to help Croydon residents realise that cancer is treatable and beatable, and the pop up shop was a great way of driving this message home.”
For more information about the campaign visit www.gettoknowcancer.org
(Source: Croydon council press release)
MORE SCAMS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Bromley Trading Standards are warning people to be on the look out for rogues who are ripping people off by letter and telephone calls trying to obtain their personal financial details by promising they have won a big lottery prize or are entitled to some form of financial rebate.
They say they have seen an emergence of cleverly worded scams all designed to trick vulnerable people out of their savings.
New national figures reveal over 22,000 reports of scams were made to the Citizens’ Advice service in England and Wales in the last 12 months. Yet Citizens Advice says many people fail to report if they have been ripped-off. Citizens Advice and Trading Standards are warning people to be ever-vigilant against rogues and urging people to ‘spot scams to stop scams.’
Signs of a scam:
The call, letter, e-mail or text has come out of the blue
You’ve never heard of the lottery or competition they are talking about
You didn’t buy a ticket – so can’t win
They are asking you to send money in advance
They seem to be offering you something for nothing
They are saying you have to respond quickly, so you don’t get time to think about it or ask family and friends before you decide
They are telling you to keep it a secret.
If it seems too good to be true – it probably is.
Lotteries — A phone call, text or email proclaims a huge lottery win – even though the receiver hasn’t bought a ticket. In order to collect winnings you are asked to send money to cover ‘processing’ or ‘administration’ costs.
Phishing — an email (or Vishing for phone calls) pretending to be from your bank asking for you to update, validate or confirm details so that scammers can access your account.
SMShing – mobile phone text messages lure you onto fraudulent websites or invite you to call a premium rate mobile number or download malicious content via the phone or web.
Electricity meter credit – people on pre-payment meters are offered cut-price electricity but end up paying for their energy twice. Criminals use cloned keys to top up energy credit illegally. You end up paying for the energy twice – first to the fraudsters and then to the company at the correct rate.
Pyramid selling — This is an illegal trick where you are told you can earn money by recruiting new members to a money-making venture. In reality only a tiny minority make money, everyone else loses.
What to do if you have been scammed·
Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to help stop it happening to others.· Often you can’t always get your money back if you’ve been scammed, especially if you’ve handed over cash. · If you’ve paid for goods or services by credit card you have more protection and if you used a debit card you may be able to ask your bank for a chargeback.·
Get advice and report it to Trading Standards through the Citizens’ Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06 or online advice at www.adviceguide.org.uk
(Source: Bromley council press release)
WATER CANNON PLANS ‘WRONG FOR LONDON’
A report in The Times that the Metropolitan Police are in the process of buying two water cannons is ‘deeply worrying’ ,says London Assembly Labour group police and crime spokesperson Joanne McCartney AM.
She is calling on the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe to fully consult with the public before purchasing the water cannons and. has written to the Commissioner asking for clarification on the proposals.
It was reported that the Metropolitan Police has asked the Home Office to approve the purchase of two water cannon vehicles. Made in Germany, each vehicle is capable of holding 9,000 litres of water each, which would be used to soak rioters with powerful jets of spray.
“A monumental decision like this cannot be snuck through under the public’s nose” said Joanne McCartney AM. “We need a full public debate on this move. “This is deeply worrying and it’s an indication that the Met are unsure whether they could cope.
“We have a low number of police officers with 2,682 lost since May 2010 and 1846 PCSOs. “The Mayor and the Government’s cuts are too far, too fast. “The evidence for the effectiveness of water cannons is very unclear. “Against the widespread rioting we saw in London water cannons would have been of very limited, if any, use.
“We clearly need more police officers, and we need them to be riot trained. “Water cannons are no replacement for a properly resourced and functioning police service.
“The Mayor and the Met also need to do more to improve public trust and confidence in the police and prevent trouble starting in the first place. “I would be extremely concerned if we were to see water cannons used on London’s streets against the public.
“I have written urgently to the Met Commissioner and the Mayor asking if these reports are accurate, what evidence they have that water cannons are effective and how they will be consulting with the public.” Joanne McCartney is the London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey. (Source: London Assembly Labour group press release)
HOLY DISCOUNTS, BATMAN! – SECRET DISCOUNT FOR SECRET CINEMA TICKETS
It’s no longer a closely guarded secret that Secret Cinema is in Croydon, but what Croydon residents might want to keep under their hats is that they are eligible for exclusive discounted tickets.
Regular tickets to the highly-anticipated shows sell for nearly £45. However, local people can pick them up for just £20.
The Secret Cinema concept has generated huge interest and performances are far more interactive than a normal visit to the movies.
The shows are held in unusual locations and include costumed actors making sure that everyone gets involved in the fun.
Croydon’s Secret Cinema is housed in the building used as Gotham City Hospital in the most recent Batman movie.
The former BT building in Wellesley Road has been rebranded as the HQ of the fictional G.O.O.D. Corporation, and guests are fully immersed in the atmosphere of the film, the title of which is kept under wraps even after tickets have been bought.
Councillor Jason Perry, cabinet member for planning, regeneration and transport, said: “Events like this are just what we love to see in town. They help reinforce the fact that Croydon has a huge amount to offer to promoters and audiences alike. It’s great to hear that local people can now get to sample this unique performance with discounted tickets.”
To access the hush-hush secret ticket link, follow www.croydon.gov.uk/shhh
COUNCIL CONGRATULATES CRYSTAL PALACE FC
Croydon is officially a Premier League borough once again after Crystal Palace secured their return to English football’s top tier.
A Croydon council press release says that next season, the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and – er – Arsenal will be visiting Selhurst Park after the Eagles achieved top flight status following a 1-0 victory over Watford in the play-off final at Wembley.*
“A coolly taken extra time penalty from veteran striker Kevin Phillips was enough to see Palace clinch victory and a place in the Premier League. “Not only did the 39-year-old’s spot kick win Ian Holloway’s side promotion but it also earns Palace a cash pot of around £120 million over the next four years to invest in the club. “Palace have been absent from the Premier League since they were relegated in 2005.”
Croydon council’s leader Cllr Mike Fisher said: “Congratulations on behalf of everyone at the council to Crystal Palace. “After falling into administration just three years ago, to be back in English football’s top division is a phenomenal achievement.
“It will be fantastic to see football’s stellar names coming to the borough next season and I’m sure the players and fans will make Selhurst Park a tough venue for visiting teams.
“I just hope Manchester United can loan Wilfried Zaha back to Palace for another year – that’d be the icing on the cake!”
*The council press release makes no mention of Tottenham Hotspur or ‘The Noisy Neighbours’ aka the Blue Meanies aka Manchester City FC.