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    A snapshot of changes, page 2

    STANdINg ARTICLEWhat does the Care Act mean for me?, page 4

    fEATUREd pRoJECTThe Wisdom of Heavens, page 6

    NEW IN pRoJECTSTCCA a CACHE accredited training centre, page12

    Reaching out to ouR communityReaching out to ouR community



    Hi Ceyda can you tell us a bit about yourself, likes, dislikeshobbies and what drew you to TCCA?I am a 20 year old TurkishCypriot, born and raised in Hackney, London. Both of my parents areoriginally from North Cyprus. I am currently studying psychol-ogyat Middlesex University. I have cho-sen to study this subjectbecause to me, psychology is a fascinating science that isconcerned with the study of the mind and behaviour.

    I am a family oriented person and often spend my spare timevisiting my extend-ed family. Meeting new people and so-cialisingis what I enjoy because I believe that every person is unique.Being able to communicate and consider the beliefs and values ofanother person is one of the most important characteristics ofhu-man kind. Previously, I volunteered in a primary school for ayear with infants and I discov-ered that I have a passion to helpchildren thrive and extend their learning. The best part was seeingtheir progress and know-ing that I played a part in theirlearning.

    When did you start with TCCA?I started with TCCA two weeks ago.Most of my current duties are in preparation for when we start torun Homework ses-sions from schools in September 2015.

    When will your role with TCCA end?The role will run for threeterms ending July 2016

    What is your role at TCCA?I am the Homework Support Officer. Iam part of the Education project.

    What will your role involve?

    My role will involve working with chil-dren from the ages 7-11in a number of primary schools for one to two hours a week. Our aimis to help Turkish speaking children with their homework, and alsoencourage their parents to support their children at home withtheir homework.

    What difference do you feel your project will make to the localcommunity?Previous research shows that Turkish speaking childrenwere one of the eth-nic minorities that were underachieving. Asthis project is going to support Turk-ish speaking parents and showthem how to support their children with their homework, I believethat through this project Turkish speaking children may get thehelp that they need to achieve the expected levels for theiracademic year groups.

    What do you feel are the key issues that TCCA needs to address?Ibelieve that the Turkish speaking com-munity needs to understandthe impor-tance of education so that they are able to fulfil theirpotential.

    Education will give them the knowledge and power to expressthemselves appro-priately. If they are ever faced with con-flict intheir lives, they will know where to go to get the right supportthat they need to solve their issues.

    Where would you like to see TCCA in the future?I would like tosee TCCA in a position where every Turkish speaking person inEngland is able to easily access the organ-isation if they everneed their help and support.


    Ceyda AslansesEducation Administrator

    Ceyda Aslanses

    The Bulletin goes bi-lingual...TCCA has been playing around withthe idea of printing the Bulletin in a bi-lingual format for over ayear. With the help of Londra Gazete (who will be responsible fortranslating the text) the organisation is now in position to do so.So first off Hoşgeldiniz..........Other changes to the bulletinrelate to frequency of publication, changes in host writers and anap-proach that attempts to build partnerships. This month we saw achange in government and the UK moved away from a coalition to aCon-servative lead parliament. In the build-up to the elections weheld a number of events where we invited parliamentary candidatesfrom the vari-ous parties to the community centre and dis-cussedissues of concern that relate to services we offer. We alsoarranged a separate Hustings event where we invited the only fourperspective Turkish candidates to the centre and allowed members ofthe public to pose questions to the panel.We have now launched ourHomework Support Project which is currently working with threeschools. The aim of the project is provide support to childrenthrough encouraging Turkish parents to become more involved intheir children’s homework. As part of the project we would like towelcome Hıfsiye Özoğlu (Education Officer) and Ceyda Aslanses(Education Administrator). As part of our team we also welcomed onboard Mehmet Eminol (Caretaker) who will be looking after thecentre during un-sociable hours. Our presence in to community isextremely im-portant and as such we have supported com-munityorientated projects including; the The Wisdom of the Heavens eventwhere the Sufi Philosophy was portrayed through the poems of Rumiand the ‘Sema’ dance; and our participa-tion in the UK’s biggestAnatolian Cultural Festi-val which brings the culture of Turkey toLondon with a variety of events and associated activities, anddelicious cultural food. We have continued our media revampexercise and have further updated our Facebook pages, posted morefrequently to Twitter, and added more productions to our Youtubechannel. We have also extended our links through LinkedIn, createda new header for our Bulletin website and have nearly completed themajor revamp of our website.On a final note, if you have time tosupport the Bulletin with an article or wish to be involved in anyof our projects outlined in the Bulletin, then feel free to contactme at [emailprotected] or on 020 8826 1080.


    Kate Osamor Erim Metto


    SpoTLIgHT gRoUpS


    When did you move to TCCA?I have started renting since January2015. Helga can you tell us a bit about your or-ganisation?We are asmall English language school. We teach Hungarian people. I am theteacher, but I do have some colleagues helping me in thebackground.

    How often does the organisation operate?We have classes 4 days aweek. On other days we have private lessons.

    Would members of the community be able to access your serviceand if so how?At the moment, we only teach Hungar-ians, but we willbe starting classes for other nationalities and teach English as asecond language. We will be starting the classes in summer2015.

    Can you tell me how did you hear about TCCA as a potentialbase?As I remember I found it on gumtree. However the biggest roomwas adver-tised. I contacted them and spoke to a lovely lady whogave me more informa-tion about the other rooms. Then we met andshe showed me the small room, It was “love” at first sight :) Thesize was perfect for a small group.

    What do you see as the positives and neg-atives of using 628-630Green Lanes as a base for your classes?I only see the advantages ofthis build-ing. It is very close to turnpike lane tube station. Itis a very good location. Most of our students live this area.However some of them travel from other side of the city. They canstill access it easily.

    The team is very flexible. Sule is a very nice lady. Shesupported me from the very first moment. And she helped me a lot.First, I contacted her in June 2014, but we were not able to startthe school. It took half a year to organise everything.

    But finally, we opened our school. I was in touch with her, tomake sure no one rented the room. And luckily, no one did. It waswaiting for us. It meant to be :) What do you think could beintroduced to make TCCA more client friendly?I only rent a roomhere, to be honest, I do not really know much about thisorgani-sation. But I only have good experience. I am very happywith them. Is there anything more you wish to add?It is all great.Nothing else to add. We are all happy to be here. And I hope itwill last long. And we welcome other nation-alities soon :)

    Helga KovacseHelga.com English Language School


    Ms Helga



    Getting social care support under the new law in EnglandWhat isthe Care Act?The Care Act is a new law to bring all the previousbits of law related to social care together in one place, and tomodernise or update the law where necessary. It tells councilsacross England what they need to do if someone has social careneeds and needs support either in their own home, in other types ofhousing or in a care home. It also sets out what councils have todo if they are aware that someone is caring for a fami-ly member orfriend and needs support. The Care Act applies to England only.

    So what will be different for you under the Care Act? If youwant (or get) support from your coun-cil, The Care Act changes therules about who qualifies for support from the council, and therules about charging for care. It gives people the right toadvocacy support if they need help to have their say about theircare needs, and a right to have their care reviewed when they feelthis is neces-sary, or to challenge decisions about their care.Under the new Care Act, if your coun-cil does not offer you apersonal budget on the grounds that get social care support youhave a legal right to request it. If you fund your own care fromApril 2016, The Care Act introduces a cap on how much people needto pay towards their own care in their lifetime. When their careneeds reach a level where they would qualify for support from thecouncil, the amount of money required to meet those needs should betallied up in a ‘care account’ from then on. To get a care account,individuals must have a needs assessment by their local council.Once this account hits a certain lim-it, the council should takeover paying all the care costs, except for daily living costs andany ‘top-ups’ that the person needs to pay. The Care Act also meansthat you can ask the council to arrange your services for you, evenif you pay for them all yourself. If you care for a friend orfamily member The Care Act brings in new legal rights for carers.Carers now have the same right to an assessment of their needs andto services as someone with social care needs. The Care Actrequires councils to work more closely with health services to joinup services and improve people’s experience of health and socialcare.

    When do the changes in England take place? Some of the changesmentioned in this article have been intro-duced as of 1 April 2015;others will take effect in April 2016.

    What to expect from your council when you need social caresupport? Even if you are (or will be) funding your own care, youshould still discuss your situation with your council. The councilcan help you identify areas where you might need help and may beable to arrange you care for you. You also need to get in touchwith the council if you want to kick-start your care ac-count. TheCare Act introduces some impor-tant changes to the rules thatcouncils must follow when supporting people with social careneeds.

    Your needs assessmentThe new law states that as of 1 April 2015,you have a right to a free needs assess-ment from your council ifyou appear to have a need for care and support. A needs assessmentlooks at how you are manag-ing everyday activities such as lookingafter yourself, household tasks and getting out and about as wellas what support might be best for you. It is also how the councilde-cides if you can get support from them. You should not berefused this assessment be-cause of your financial situation, orbecause the council thinks that your needs won’t be high enough foryou to qualify for support from them.

    What should happen during your assess-ment? The Care Act saysthat you should be should be encouraged to explain what you thinkyou need and what you want to be able to do or achieve. During yourneeds assess-ment, the social worker must talk to you about whetheryou are able to achieve cer-tain ‘care outcomes’ including beingable to: prepare and eat food without help, and get enough todrink; wash and dress your-self and manage all your toilet needs;move around your home safely; keep your home clean and safe; haveenough contact with

    other people; use local services, such as being able to usepublic transport and/or get to the shops. The social worker shouldignore any care that you are being given by a friend or fam-ilymember when looking at which care outcomes you are able to achieve.The per-son carrying out your assessment with you should alsoconsider and discuss with you what impact your care needs arehaving on your wellbeing. The Care Act states that the council mustarrange for you to have an independent ad-vocate with you at theassessment if: 1. you don’t have anyone else (like a friend orfam-ily member) to support you and 2. You have ‘substantial’difficulty communicating what you want to say, understanding andremem-bering the information given to you and/or making decisionsabout your support.

    Do you qualify for support? Under the Care Act there is now anation-al eligibility criteria which all councils must use. Thereis now only one threshold over which people qualify for supportfrom their council, rather than there being four ‘levels’ ofeligibility which included: critical; sub-stantial; moderate; andlow. When using this new national criteria, councils cannot justprioritise people’s personal care needs (such as needing help withgetting washed and dressed), but also have to look at their generalwellbeing and any other sorts of help that they might need, such ashelp with housework or any housing needs they have. Do you need acarer?If you are seeking a Turkish, Greek or English speakingexperienced and qualified carer from a 5 star fully accreditedprovider, that not only meets your care requirements but alsoprovides free additional support, then TC Homecare is yourprovider. Call us on 020 882 6 1081 or email [emailprotected] formore information.



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    Why choose Harringay for your next meeting or conference?

    The venue you choose can have a big impact on the success ofyour event. From conferences to training, the location andfa-cilities set the tone for the day and can influ-ence theproductivity of your get-together. Choosing the perfect locationcan be tricky. To give you a helping hand, we’ve put to-gether alist of reasons why Harringay makes the ultimate destination foryour events, both large and small.

    It may not seem the case as you peer out of the Harringay GreenLanes station, with its vibrancy and dynamic, rich in culturecor-ners, Harringay is a diverse area catering for all walks oflife. Our guide will help you get to grips with an area that’s aglorious blend of London’s many tastes and characters.

    LocationBeing central in any city has many great

    advantages, even more so in London. For a start, Haringey isincredibly easy to get to, with links via road, tube, nationalrail, bus, or on foot. An easy-to-reach venue is a big bonus forconference guests, many of whom may have had to travel largedistances to at-tend. Unexpected difficulties could make it hardfor staff, delegates, or meeting invitees to reach a venue locatedfar from transport links, wasting you valuable time and money. Witha venue in Harringay, access won’t be an issue.

    CulturalBeing in North London has many benefits.

    Harringay is a growing cultural hub in which shopping, dining,performance and enter-tainment collide. You’ll find a range ofdif-ferent experiences through the area where all tastes arecatered for. On its door step Harringay has the full spectrum ofshop-ping, from the dilapidated gehenna of the Wood Green mall tothe designer onesies

    of Crouch End, and the bustling Turkish and Kurdish emporia ofGreen Lanes.

    Worth a visit after a long day in a confer-ence are the crownjewels of Harringay tip-pling, its two most famous taverns, builtby the same architect in the 1890s. Of these, the Salisbury, on thecorner of Green Lanes and St Ann’s Rd, is the more fashionable tocite and just around the corner from our venue. The diversity ofthe communities that have made Haringey is reflected in the varietyof restaurants dotted around the area. At the tip of our venue, theHarringay Green Lanes area, is well known for Turkish and Greekcuisine offering a memorable cul-tural experience

    HistoryHarringay has a sense of history that it of-

    fers its visitors. The name Harringay has its origin in theSaxon period. The traces of his-tory with evidence of both StoneAge and Bronze Age activity in the immediate vicinity and thegentrification of an organic culture can be found along theinfamous Green Lanes and behind the hustle and bustle inHarringay’s residential streets of Victorian terraced houses. Thereticular structure and regularity of the Harringay Ladder, there-markable course of Harringay Passage lead-ing its walkersstraight through the centre of the ladder structure, and theconfusion with its spelling from Harringay to Haringey that haslong perplexed locals and non-lo-cals alike, speaks a story of itsever present history.

    Choosing your venue won’t be hardOnce you have settled onHarringay, you’ll

    need to choose your venue. Believe it or not, this is the easypart. With a selection of meeting and conference rooms, our venueoffers to take the hassle out of finding the perfect place for yourconference, meetings, or training days. The flexible and rangingca-pacity of our spaces means that we can cater for events bothsmall and large. TCCA’s con-ference and meetings rooms are idealwith projectors and audio facilities available, free parking andspaces for 2 to 110 delegates.

    Whether it is a team training day or a con-ference, we also havea variety of food and drink packages that will get your taste budsgoing.

    Our dedicated team are here to help whatever your need. Make anenquiry today… Call us on 020 8826 1080 or email [emailprotected]

    Turkish Cypriot Community Centre, 628-630 Green Lanes, London,N8 0SD


    24th April 2015 saw the opening night of the production TheWisdom of the Heav-ens brought to London by Cypriot theatredirector Tanju Hastunç. Hosted by the Turk-ish Cypriot CommunityAssociation on 24th April and 1st May, the stunning production wasalso performed at the Most Art Centre, Hornsey Girls School and theOld Church Art Centre. The Wisdom of the Heavens is a theatri-calproduction that has been presented to audiences in the historicalsetting of the Sufi Training School in Lefkoşa (Nicosia) by Danceof Cyprus. The continued popularity of these performances amongstlocal resi-dents and visitors to the island inspired thecollaborative efforts of Dance of Light, Most Art Centre and AysheGul Associates to bring this production to a British audience inLon-don. The successful production utilised mu-sic, dance, visualeffects and spoken word to present the concept of Sufi philosophy,the Sema ceremony and the poetry of Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi to itsmuch intrigued audi-ence.

    Rumi, a historical figure known as the ‘love poet’, was anadvocate of tolerance, equal-ity and brotherhood across religiousfaiths, universal love, peace and harmony. He is thought to haveproduced more ‘love po-ems’ than any other poet and has inspiredspiritual converts to Sufism from many oth-er faiths across theworld…

    “Come, come, whoever you are.Wanderer, Worshipper, lover ofleaving.It doesn’t matter.Ours is not a caravan of despair.Come,even if you have broken your vow a hundred times.Come, yet again,come, come.”– Rumi

    The Sema ceremony also known as the Whirling Dervishes Dance, isthe inspiration of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi (1207 - 1273) as wellas part of the Turkish culture, belief and history in Konya. Itsymbolizes the dif-ferent meanings of a mystic cycle to perfec-tionknown as Ascension or Mirac. The Sema represents all a mysticaljourney of man’s spiritual ascent through love, finding the truthand arriving to the “Perfect”. Then he returns from this spiritualjourneys as a man who reached maturity and a greater perfec-tion,so as to love and to be of service to the whole creation, to allcreatures without dis-criminating in regard to belief, class, orrace.

    The Wisdom of the Heavens, unlike most

    Sema ceremonies consisting only of the Sema dance, comprised oftwo parts which included a 70 minute performance and a 90 minuteworkshop allowing participants the opportunity to enhance theirknowledge and learn about Sufism by asking questions, and topractice the basic principles of whirl-ing. The ceremony began withan ensemble of Sufi music and inspired pieces. The theat-ricalproduction included Rumi’s poems pre-sented in Turkish and Englishand the ‘Sema Ceremony’, performed by male and female whirlingdervishes. The trance-like dance of the dervishes and the setting,created the perfect ambience for the audience to wit-ness afascinating production.

    A Theatrical Event Portraying Sufi Philosophy and the Poems ofMevlana Jelaleddin Rumi.





    29th April 2015 became the date for the His-toric first generalelection hustings for British Turks where four BritishParliamentary can-didates of Turkish origin were on the panel forthe historic UK General Election debate organised by T-VINEMagazine.Styled along the lines of Question Time, a variety ofquestions from education to the economy, identity and communityapathy were put to Gönül Daniels, Ibby Mehmet, Dr. Turhan Özen andIsabel Sigmac during the 2-hour session, chaired by T-VINEcolumnist and respected community activist Ertanç Hi-dayetin.

    The event – the first of its kind for British Turks – was heldat the Turkish Cypriot Com-munity Association in North London. Thecandidates, between them representing Brit-ain’s three mainpolitical parties, were each given 5 minutes to introducethemselves and explain how and why they got into politics. Formother-of-four and businesswoman Gönül Daniels, her daughter beingrefused entry to their local school prompted her to become a schoolgovernor. She was then en-couraged to get more politically activeby the Conservative Women’s Organisation. Ibby Mehmet – at 28, theyoungest of the four candidates – become politically active whilestudying law at Essex University. He went on to become thefirst-ever Turkish Cypriot to be elected the President of a Britishuniversi-ty’s Students’ Union.

    The first issue the panellists were quizzed on by the audiencewas education. The can-didates clashed over the quality of schools,overcrowded classrooms, funding, and whether academies and freeschools were working. The underachievement of Turks at schools wasalso touched upon.

    There was heated debate over the economy. The Lib Dem’s TurhanÖzen and the two Tory candidates spoke about how Britain’s hugedeficit had been halved under the Coalition and the carelessbanking sector reigned in. Ibby Mehmet of Labour hit back, claimingausterity had hit Britain’s poorest the hard-est, pointing thefinger at private sector companies such as Sports Direct, who wereallowed to exploit zero-hours contracts for profit, employingpeople without being obliged to give them guaranteed work orin-come. A member of the audience challenged the Labour candidateover his claim, stating ‘the worst offenders were the public sectorand those most affected were care workers’.

    The economic debate spun into a discussion about the lack ofaffordable housing, pover-ty and food banks. Each candidate claimedtheir party’s policies were best suited to help alleviate theseproblems, although Daniels felt “charities and churches will alwaysbe needed” to assist society’s poorest.

    Identity was also discussed. Özen stated

    the political discourse over migrants and Islam had been“poisoned by UKIP”. Sigmac explained her constituency in the heartof Birmingham has a big Muslim community, which “clearly hasissues”, but they were passive and not vocal, so nothing could getdone. She urged those from ethnic com-munities to respect thecountry they live in, learn the language and integrate. Danielsadded ‘integrating did not mean losing your identity’. She alsopledged she would host Turkish surgeries if elected, to enablepeople in the community to raise their issues more easily.

    All four candidates urged British Turks to vote in the now pastand gone General Elections. Sigmac appealed to female voters inparticu-lar, reminding them that “women had died” to secure equalfranchise, so it was vital they exercised their right to vote. Sheadded that being involved in the political process need not requirea huge commitment. People could simply join their local party orbecome campaigners on an issue they felt passionate about.

    A month on, the anticipation of who will get into power is over.The public has voted and chosen. Much as expected, with theafter-math of the elections a new question dom-inates the media.‘Now the Tories are set to govern alone, how different will Britainlook in 2020?’


    About T-VINE, www.t-vine.com / http://tvinemedia.blogspot.co.uk/Media queries: İpek Özerim, Founder/Editor T-VINE Magazine. E:[emailprotected] | Tel: 0777 623 0466

    Ertanç Hidayetin, Columnist, T-VINE Magazine. E:[emailprotected]


    A pension plan is a method of investment that will provide youwith an income later on in your life once you have retired, thiscan make it easier to manage your finances in your later years. Inaddition, some pen-sions entitle you to a lump sum once you areeligible to receive your pension.Pension Changes 2015Back in 2014,Chancellor George Osbourne announced a number of changes to‘shake-up’ the current government pensions plan. The aim of theshake-up is to give individ-uals more freedom over how they spendtheir pension.Prior to April 2015, pensioners could only take outup to 25% of their pension as a tax free cash lump sum. The rest oftheir money would be given to them in the form of an annuity.However, the new 2015 pen-sion changes allow individuals to control100% of their pension meaning that those over 55 can take out anyamount of money from a defined Benefits scheme. Neverthe-less, itis important to mention here that still only the first 25% can bewithdrawn

    from a pension pot tax-free.Types of Pension Plans in the UKInthe UK, pension plans can be bro-ken down into three maincatego-ries: Workplace Pensions, Personal Pensions and StatePensions.If you’ve been automatically enrolled in a workplacepensionThe law says a minimum percentage of your ‘qualifyingearnings’ must be paid into your workplace pensionscheme.‘Qualifying earnings’ are either: • the amount you earnbefore tax be-tween £5,824 and £42,385 a year • your entire salaryor wages before taxYour employer chooses how to work out yourqualifying earnings.The minimum you pay: 0.8% of your ‘qualifyingearnings’rising to 4% by 2018The minimum your employer pays: 1% ofyour ‘qualifying earnings’ rising to 3% by 2018The government pays:0.2% of your ‘qualifying earnings’ rising to 1% by 2018If you’vebeen ‘automatically enrolled’Your employer will have sent you aletter telling you that you’ve been added to the scheme.You candecide to leave the scheme if you want to. This process is called‘opting out’.

    If you opt out within a month of your em-ployer adding you tothe scheme, you’ll get back any money you’ve already paid in.Youmay not be able to get your payments refunded if you opt out lateras they will usually stay in your pension until you retire.You canopt out by contacting your pension provider. Your employer musttell you how to do this.What advice is available?Free guidance -not advice - is available through the Pension Wise websitewww.pensionwise.gov.uk Those aged 55 or above can book a tele-phoneinterview with the Pensions Adviso-ry Service, or a face-to-faceinterview with Citizens Advice.The service will give generalguidance, but cannot advise on specific pension policies orinvestments.The number to book is 030 0330 1001. Otherwise advicecan be had through private providers, which will usually bechargeable.

    When you sign a tenancy agreement to rent a property, whether itis a local authori-ty, housing association or a private landlord,your landlord is obligated to make sure that the property remainsin a good state of re-pair. If your landlord refuses or fails tounder-take the required works in the property, this could lead to adisrepair claim.

    You are required to give your landlord no-tice of any disrepair.You must first inform your landlord of what the disrepair problemis and allow them 21 days to make the ad-equate repairs. In orderto prove that the landlord has been notified of the disrepair it isadvisable to put the issues in writing and keep evidence of servingthis on the land-lord, this can be in the form of an email or aletter sent by recorded delivery. After the 21 working days are up(or less time if the repairs are urgent), if your landlord stillhas not resolved the disrepair, you can contact a housingsolicitor.

    If your property suffers from the following, you may have aclaim against your landlord:

    • Mice or cockroach infestation;• Mould and fungus;

    • Flooding or water leaks;• Defective windows and doors;boiler;

    and/or electrical wiring; • Any other disrepairIt is advisableto gather evidence to back

    up your claim, before you start legal action against yourlandlord. This could include the following:

    • copies of letters showing that you have reported the problemto your landlord;

    • photographs showing examples of the disrepair or damagedproperty;

    • medical reports, explaining how your health has been affected;and

    • if relevant, reports from a surveyor or the environmentalhealth department.

    Once you start a disrepair claim, the court looks at all theevidence you and your land-lord have provided and decides if yourland-lord should carry out the repairs.

    You could ask the court to:• Make an injunction, or ‘order forspe-

    cific performance’, to get your landlord to

    carry out specific repairs by a certain time. In emergencysituations the court may order your landlord to carry out the workimme-diately.

    • Make a ‘declaration’ that you can do the repairs yourself anddeduct the cost from future rent.

    • Order your landlord to pay you damag-es, which is financialcompensation for any loss, and/or harm you have suffered.

    From 1st April 2013 public funding is only available to bringhousing disrepair claims where there is a serious risk of harmarising from a deficiency in a rented home. What this means inpractical terms is that only very urgent and/or serious disrepairclaims can be brought using public funding and most disrepairissues will fall short of the strict cri-teria that is now inplace.

    If you would like more information on how to bring a housingdisrepair claim, please contact STS Solicitors on 020 71128355.





    Mirza Shipkolye

    Husniye Sera Ustek-Bazen



    We in Britain really do eat too much sugar: 700g of the sweetstuff a week – that’s an average of 140 teaspoons per person!Ourlove affair with sugar can mean that many of us are getting toomany calories, which is one of the causes behind ourev-er-expanding waistlines. Most of us could do with eating lesssugar, particularly added sugar. But many habits, especially oneswe like, are so hard to kick.The best way to identify the bad andgood sources of sugar in your diet, is to decide what to cut outcompletely and what to cut down on. You don’t need to cut down onsugars found in fruit or dairy products because these foods containlots of nutri-ents that are good for us. It’s the food high inadded sugar, such as fizzy drinks, which contain lots of caloriesbut few nutrients.Added sugars shouldn’t make up more than 10% ofthe energy (calorie intake) you get from food and drink each day.That’s about 70g for men and 50g for women. Nutrition labels tellyou how much sugar a food con-tains. If an item’s total sugarcontent is over

    22.5g per 100g, it is high in sugar. Anything under 5g of totalsugar per 100g is low. There are lots of different ways added sugarcan be listed on ingredients labels such as: sucrose; glucose;fructose; maltose; molas-ses; hydrolysed starch; invert sugar; cornsyrup.We can substitute sugar to other more or-ganic healthyalternatives like honey and cinnamon. Adding fresh fruits toyoghurt and your cereal will not only make it taste good, but alsoprovide you with energy and fibre, keeping your appetite supressedfor longer.Nearly a quarter of our added sugar in our diets comesfrom sugary drinks such as fizzy drinks and sweetened juices. A500ml bottle of cola contains the equivalent of 17 cubes of sugar.Try sugar-free varieties or better yet, water or soda water with asplash of fruit juice. If you take sugar in tea or coffee,gradually reduce the amount until you can cut it out altogether ortry swapping to sweeteners instead. Try some new flavours withherbal teas or make your own with hot water and a slice of lemon orginger. Like fizzy drinks, fruit juice can be high in sugar. Whenjuice is extracted from the whole fruit to make fruit juice, sugaris re-leased and this can cause damage to our teeth. However, fruitjuices do contain vi-

    tamins and minerals, and a 150ml glass of unsweetened 100% fruitor vegetable juice counts as one of your 5 a day. If the idea ofswitching to water feels a drastic departure, you could tryflavouring it with a slice of lemon, lime or a splash of fruitjuice. Watch out for the sugar content in flavoured water drinks. A500ml glass of some brands contains 15g of sugar, the equivalent ofnearly four teaspoons of sug-ar. When buying deserts go for lowcalorie low sugar ones, or even make your own cakes, adding driedfruits to your buns or muffins with cinnamon or honey. Ice cream?Freeze those yoghurts add some fresh fruits then freeze. Invest ina blender, those ripe fruits can be turned into a delicioussmoothie or sorbet, the list goes on…. Try it and you will likeit.

    ‘Live and let live’ is an old English say-ing which helps us tomind our own business. Neurotic persons according to statisticsoccupy around 85% of the population are very immature and likerebellious teenagers don’t like being told what to do by theirparents. However, a person may want the best for their chil-drenbut when it comes to other people not in our family then really weneed to learn to mind our own business. We live in a post-modernworld where people are very opinionated. However the highlyopinionated individual is usu-ally unaware of this fact. When anindi-vidual lacks knowledge in any given area then they can onlyhave opinions but not the facts. Therefore with this projectionthey can wrongly believe that since they do not know; no one knows.There is an old wise saying that says that there are 4 types ofpeople: those who don’t know that they don’t know; those

    who know that they don’t know; those who don’t know that theyknow; and those who know that they know. The latter lot being thehighest in goodness and rank. It can be said that the mostsuccessful people in life know how to and when to mind their ownbusiness. And it can also be said from our experience that thosewho can be considered losers usually are seen to be complaining orcriticising oth-ers. This is an embarrassing state to be in and alltoo often the subject is com-pletely unaware or unconscious oftheir position.

    Negative persons or individuals in nega-tive situations can behypersensitive and easily offended. We need to increase inknowledge every day. All knowledge is self-knowledge. When weincrease in self-knowledge then we become more understanding andcompassionate to those around us. Then we can live and let live. Weare all responsible for our own lives and choices. We must alwaysdo our best. If other adults make wrong or bad choices then theyare responsible for the consequences.

    In our sessions at the Peace of Mind therapy centre, we arealways focused on increasing our knowledge and under-standing ofourselves and those around us in order to benefit ourselves andthose we love.

    Mobile: 07985 373 559195 High Street, Ponders EndEnfield, EN34DZ





    Dr Mek MehmetYesil

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    yogA oN THE LANES!


    TAEkWoNdo foR kIdS

    Activities like Taekwondo are a fun way for both boys and girlsto achieve fitness and focus. Some parents may think they alsopromote violence, but that’s a myth, according to experts. Themartial arts ac-tually help teach self-discipline andsocial-ization skills. In fact, many parents whose children haveattention-deficit/hyperactiv-ity disorder (ADHD) report greatsuccess with these programs because self-control and concentrationare exactly the skills un-derdeveloped in ADHD kids.This isprecisely why, here at TCCA the commitment and enthusiasm for sucha class has remained prevalent. And this is precisely why, it iswith regret that we an-nounce the end of our classes. Taekwondo forKids at TCCA has attracted many youngsters and kids from ages 7 to13 over the period of 2 years of its run-ning. We have had theprivilege of working with dedicated parents and guardians whorelentlessly, rain or shine brought their children to the classes.We have had the privilege of working with the devoted in-structorArian Salih who has played a huge role in increasing the potentialand pro-gression of his students. But most of all we have had theprivilege of witnessing the growth and development of students intodisciplined, confident, focused, and talent-ed individuals. We hopein the future to recommence classes and return to the kids anopportu-nity that is theirs to take.



    “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”–Chinese ClassicsAfter the success of the 5 week Women’sSelf-Defence classes in November 2014, TCCA caught the bug anddecided to run a 5 week Beginners Tai Chi course commenc-ing inMarch 2015.Our Tai Chi instructor developed a highly effectivebeginner’s course that enabled the student to learn the basicelements of Tai Chi. The course proved successful in helpingbeginners to overcome any anxiety or particular difficulties theymight have. Warm-up and conditioning, basic stepping exercises,including Tai Chi Walking, and the basics of stance and bodymechanics, completed the overall picture and gave a well-roundedand satisfying introduction to Tai Chi. If you missed this course,don’t worry, as

    it may be possible for you to join at a lat-er date. Our Tai Chiinstructor plans to run new classes in the near future. So keepwatching this space and don’t miss the next one. Please call 0208826 1080 for any questions.

    TCCA has recently become the hosts for beginners’ level yogaclasses. The classes which run on Sundays have attracted not onlykeen novices but also mixed level yogis with the first classaccommodating 38 en-thusiastic individuals. Since its commence-menton 19th April and due to excitingly high interest, Ally Johnstone,Teacher at Aum Shanti Yoga has started running more classes. Herclasses titled ‘Yoga on the Lanes’ has addressed the gap inHarringay area and has been described as bringing

    together cohesion in the Harringay commu-nity. Ally describesher classes as offering the opportunity for students to practicethe benefits of yoga at their own levels and abil-ities. Sheteaches a traditional style of Hatha Yoga which enhancesflexibility, strength and awareness of our bodies.

    Classes:Sunday: 10am-11:15am (all levels)11:30am-12:45pm(beginners)Wednesday: 19:00-20:30 (all levels)

    Classes based at TCCA, 628-630 Green Lanes, N8 0SD. Admission £5per class

    For more info call Ally on 07854954514 or visitwww.aumshantiyoga.co.uk.

    Zumba is a great alternative to traditional fitness programs. Itmotivates you to get up and get moving with its signature Latinmusic beat. Implementing Latin rhythms can make working out morefun. The speed of the beat also lends itself to mak-ing you workout faster than you might do otherwise. This helps your heartbeatto get to its target rate more efficiently.Zumba makes getting toyour target heart rate much easier than standard workout routinesthat you’d find on a DVD or in a gym. It does this by using songsthat play around 145 beats per minute. This fast pace makes it feelnatural to move around quickly. This will set you on the path totrue aerobic exercise. If you are trying to build endurance, thisis the best thing you can do for yourself. Exercising for prolongedperiods at this rate can increase the strength of your heart.Because Zumba’s music plays at a fast pace, moving to the beat ofthe music can start to build up your endurance after only a fewworkouts. It builds up your an-aerobic endurance rather quickly.Overall, it’s most useful for helping to maintain a

    good cardiovascular respiratory system. It increases how muchoxygen you can breathe during a high-intensity event. Many athletestrain at this level for just this reason.Zumba is a great programfor making you feel good while exercising at a high intensity.Zumba is a great way to start exercising. Here at TCCA our Zumbaclasses with Harriet provide the perfect opportunity to begin yourtraining and to get fit whilst having fun. It is no wonder ourZumba motto is: Ditch the workout, Join the party!Classes everyMonday 7-8pm at TCCA, 628-630 Green Lanes, N8 0SD. All abilitieswelcome. Admissions £3 per class.

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    The Anatolian Cultural Festival was held between the 22 May 2015to 25 May 2015, with the first day being dedicated to intro-ducingchildren to customs, food and enter-tainment of the Anatoliancommunities and the other three days being open to all andsundry.

    This free festival, which attracted more than 50,000 visitors,consisted of popular cultural exhibits, foods, crafts, andperfor-mances highlighting the diverse history of the Anatolianregion in Turkey, along with an array of new features.

    The grand opening took place on Saturday 23rd May 2015 andincluded an exciting line-up of live shows and entertainment. Amongthem were the Ottoman Marching Band, Whirling Dervishes, cookingcontests, tradi-tional theatre and oil wrestling.

    This year for the first time TCCA had a stall at the festival.The community associ-ation felt it was important that as a centrethat we promoted the many activities that we as TCCA provide to thelocal community. Amongst the many other stalls, exhibitions andactivities, TCCA was the only community

    centre present and as such the many people that attended thefestival appreciated our presence.

    As ever, food and drink were one of the festival’s mainattractions. Traditional tea, coffee, breads, kebabs, irresistibleice cream, world famous desserts and cuisine were all be preparedby cooks at the festival. The traveller’s marquee (Nomad Tent) wasalso extremely popular with attendees tasting ayran (a popularyoghurt drink) or relaxing with family and friends in a traditionalotto-man setting.

    With each year bringing new entries and

    entertainment the Anatolian Cultural Fes-tival is a must haveexperience. As an ev-er-growing community association we hope toadd a bit of our own spice to the Anatolian Cultural Festival2016.

    Apart from the guaranteed presence of our staff during the 2016festival providing information of our continued community services,we hope to arrange on-the-spot free health screening or evenorganise a live show. Possibly TCCA has talent?

    With the exciting 2015 Anatolian Cultural Festival done anddusted, the enticement of 2016 has already started…



    Bringing the sounds and smells of Anatolia to London…



    AdvICE SURgERy




    TCCA Information and Advice Surgery’s mis-sion is always toprovide a range of needs-led services of excellent quality forTurkish Speak-ing Communities in Haringey to help them settle inthe UK and to make positive con-tributions to the society ingeneral. The aim of the Information and Advice Project is toimprove the life quality of the Turkish-speak-ingcommunities/groups in society and make our services accessible andavailable to those in need. Our belief is to become one of the mostsuccessful community organisations providing information and adviceon welfare, housing, education (ESOL) and employment supportservices to members of the Turkish

    speaking communities/groups and also en-suring that the qualityof our services to be excellent. We also take into considerationthe views of the service users and understand their needs byhelping them as far as possible, within the available resources ofour organi-sation TCCA. We always take into account the interestand potential needs all the service users to improve the quality oftheir daily liv-ing life in London Borough of Haringey and tocreate a positive image of Turkish speak-ing communities ingeneral.Free advice sessions every Thursday from 9am to 12pm. TCCAAdvice Officer: Turgay Ertim

    TCCA continues to provide free con-fidential advice surgery inpartner-ship with STC Solicitors. Through this surgery you can meetwith a solicitor who will research your case and pro-vide you withstraightforward advice and assistance.

    STC Solicitors offer advice on legal problems in a variety ofareas includ-ing:Family LawImmigrationLandlord and TenantWills andProbate

    Civil and Commercial litigationEnvironmental LawLicensing LawThesurgery is by appointment only. You can call on 020 8826 1080 toar-range an appointment, leaving your name, contact details andbrief de-tails of advice sought.The surgery takes place at TCCA,628-630 Green Lanes, Haringey, N8 0SD.

    Keeping their promise to facilitate the enhancement of skillsand pro-gression, TCCA organised a First Aid course, which was runby Orion Pax Institute based in Edmonton Green. TCCA’s hard workingand dedicated admin and care worker staff complet-ed the trainingwhich ran over 3 days. Additionally, since September 2014 a groupof care workers have been stud-ying for their Level 2 Health andSocial Care diploma and are on the verge of finishing. They haveall worked hard and will be achieving their diplomas in the nearfuture.

    TCCA have recently been awarded the all-important CACHEaccreditation which qualifies them as an accredit-ed CACHE TrainingCentre. With the achievement of the award, they will be runningLevel 2 and 3 Health and Social Care courses, as well as FoodHygiene, End of life and Dementia Awareness short courses. TCCAwill be running their courses in both English and Turkish to ensurethe courses are catered and suitable to their learners’ and staffs’needs. TCCA hopes to start the recruitment of new learners in thesummer of 2015.

    Our luncheon club is available for the Cypriot el-derlycommunity every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11am onwards.We offer subsi-dised lunch prepared in a traditional Cypriot way.Lunch is followed by bingo, cards, socialising and an opportunityto find new friends.We are keen to organ-ise Women only days, whereguest speakers will be invited to discuss and deal with women onlyissues. If you are interested please call on 020 8826 1080.

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    After a period of four months we sadly had to say goodbye toLaura Strod-thoff our CAPA intern who came from Boston to help withour financial updates and was able to re-organ-ise our recordkeeping and archiving of files. However with her departure, TCCA ispreparing to welcome three

    new Interns who will work in the field of Finance, Policy andMedia. The partner-ship between CAPA and TCCA continues to bestrong. Interns who work with the association tend to work on areaswhere their experience and skills can have a positive impact.

    The partnership between ADC College and TCCA continues to offeroppor-tunities to young people throughout Europe to work for ashort period of time in a foreign state. Over the past four monthswe have been able to welcome students from Belgium, Germany, CzechRepublic, Romania and Slo-

    vakia. When at TCCA they work on various projects from repair ofcomputers to design of websites. Al-exander Worndl and Leon Sanderwho are currently with us have completely reviewed our social mediaprofile and provided TCCA with sound advice that helps build ourpresence in the community.

    TCCA with the support of Children in Need, have com-menced aneducation support project and will be working with 10 schools infive London boroughs identified with the highest concentration ofTurk-ish and Kurdish young people, on a one year project to helpimprove achievement levels of under achieving children. The programdesigned to help children by introducing their parents toinitiatives that help them become more involved

    in their children’s education, is facilitated by weeklysessions. Parents are encouraged to at-tend the sessions with theirchildren and to work in unison with the schools to become moreaware of approaches that can be used to assist their children withtheir homework and their studies in general.

    Are you getting the right support?Based on the success of theTCCA As-sessment Project in being able to assist many people toreceive the right benefits and claim what their right for support,TCCA will be recommencing the Assess-ment Project in Summer 2015.The project supports the elderly and disabled housebound TurkishSpeak-ers in our local community to receive help in accessingbenefits and services. The project’s aim is to reach

    isolated members of our community and ensure that they accessall the ben-

    efits they are entitled to, and to see if there is any othersupport we can provide.

    The service is com-pletely FREE. So if you feel you need supportor if you know some-one that might, then

    call 020 8826 1080 and ask for more information.

    Laura Strodthoff



    International Methods of TeachingClasses every Thursday from4.30pm to 6.30pm

    Classes based at Turkish Cypriot Community Association,

    628-630 Green Lanes, N8 0SDFor an appointment or moreinformation

    call Ercument on 07720838221

    Violin classes with Ercument Ibrahim

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    TCCA, 628-630 Green Lanes, Harringay, N8 OSD Practicing yoga hasa realm of benefits. By learning yoga, you are taking

    the first steps towards a healthier, calmer and more balancedlife.The first class you attend is FREE, and only £5 thereafter. Sowhy not come

    along and try it out, bring a friend and enjoy a morning ofyoga!For info call Ally on 07854954514 or email[emailprotected] www.aumshantiyoga.co.uk

    tai chi classeswith Albert St Catherine

    Tai Chi Chuan is martial art based system practised for both itsdefence training and its health benefits.

    Come join us in the practise of Tai Chi Chuan. Mixed levelclasses every Monday 7pm to 8.30pm at The Laura Trott LeisureCentre, Windmill Ln,

    Cheshunt, EN8 9AJBeginners class every Saturday 9am to 10amat

    The Room, 33 Holcombe Road(Corner Kimberley Road), N17 9AS

    For enquiries please call 07973417872 or email[emailprotected]

    Fire Marshal Training at TCCACertificated Fire Marshall half daytraining, includ-

    ing refreshments for £40 per delegate. All workplaces arerequired by law to have a suffi-

    cient number of fire marshals to deal with fire emer-genciesfast and effectively. The training program will take you throughprime causes of fire, what

    extinguishers to use in case of fire, and procedures forevacuation.

    Date: Tuesday 21st July 2015We have limited spaces. Ifinterested please call

    TCCA on 020 8826 10880 to book a space.

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    CONTRIbUTORSSpotlight: Staff Interviewer: Mr Erim METTOOrganisation Interviewer: Mr Erim METTO

    Projects: Homecare: Mr Nurhan MUSTAFA & Mrs Selcan KEMALRoom Bookings: Ms Şule İBRAHİM Activities: Ms Şule İBRAHİM Advice:Mr Turgay ERTİM Training: Mrs Engϋl ABDULLAH Luncheon Club: MrHuseyin OSMAN Cyprus Kitchen: Ms Hasane MUHTAR Legal Advice: MrsHusniye USTEK-BAZEN

    Standing Articles: Accounts Feature: Mr Mirza Shipkolye LegalFeature: Mrs Husniye USTEK-BAZEN Health Feature: Dr MekMEHMET-YEŞİL Wellbeing Feature: Mr Tarkan MUSTAFA

    Guest Articles: Hustings: T-Vine The Wisdom of the Heavens: MsSule İBRAHİM Anatolian Cultural Festival: Mr Erim Metto

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