A Hackney Autobiography

‘A Hackney autobiography’ is a project by On the Record, that recorded the history of a unique cultural institution called Centerprise (1971-2012), and created learning resources inspired by the place and its people. On this website you can discover more about Hackney’s history as told by Centerprise on our app, encounter the people we interviewed, read some of the books Centerprise published and find out about the book we published: The Lime Green Mystery: An Oral History of the Centerprise Co-operative.

It’s a series of audiotours around Hackney — a website you listen to, so you should plug in your headphones first (please ask a helper if you are not sure how to do it). If you are using a phone or tablet, you can download the special app – Android Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Visit: A Hackney Autobiography

What we did – 24 January 2018

As usual, we were completely full (30 or more people). The highlight was the beginners word-processing workshop, featuring volunteers Lucy, Mark, Paul, Zaida and 1:1 CV help by Saleha — all from GFT Group via Benefacto.

Special thanks also to our regular volunteers Charlie, Derek, Michael and Tom.

Beginner word-processing workshop (24 Jan)

Learn 1:1 with our volunteers

Our volunteer team will help you learn basic word-processing – including how to add photographs to your documents.

It’s very easy, even for beginners. You can definitely do it too. By the end of the workshop, you will have at least one classy document worth printing.

This special workshop will be on Wednesday 24 January – starting as soon as possible after 10 am.

If you can, get here early!

Getting extra support from your energy supplier

Citizens Advice (logo)Help Citizens Advice to help you

Citizens Advice is creating an online form to help vulnerable people or their carers sign up for priority services. This is free support for those who need extra help with their energy supply – for example reading or moving their meter or getting accessible bills.

They want to see how this form works for you. If you take part in a 10 minute testing session with a Citizens Advice researcher at our IT drop-in, they’ll give you a £25 shopping voucher as a thank you.

When and where

  • Wednesday 17 January — all morning, any time after 10 am.
  • Whitmore Community Centre, 2-4 Whitmore St, N1 5NU

Learning AND earning…

Not for the first time, today throws up a lovely surprise…

There are extra benefits to coming along to a friendly and informative social learning sssion such as the one provided here at the Whitmore Community Centre: As useful as it is for indivuals in Hackney, it is also a valuable resourse for local organisations that strive to make all our lives better.

Today, we are to recieve a visit from a represerntative of The Citizen’s Advice Bureau – they need OUR help.

Citizen’s Advice wish to test an online form they have designed to help people access ‘Priority Services’;to do with getting energy bills that are easier to read, and much else. The really good thing about this is that they will give a £25 shopping voucher to all who participate in helping them get their design right – what’s not to like?

Men’s Sheds Association

Men’s Sheds are similar to garden sheds – a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men’s Sheds are the opposite. They’re about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter.

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Another year…and back into gear…

A very good new-year to all my readers.

How pleasant it is to be back – now that the day has begun: For, however quiet or rowdy the holiday period; a break of some days plays havoc with ones routine.

Today, by mere coincidence – no doubt, also saw the end of a prolonged spell of calm weather. I drew-back the curtains this morning to see a mature tree on the green had been blown over in the night, and heard the ‘buzz’ of tree-surgeons busy-ness in the park opposite where I live.

Nonetheless, many of our clients braved the conditions and were here bright and early this morning;ready and raring to get back into the swing of things.

Bags of Taste

Hands-on cooking classes that are also great fun

We teach people who are struggling with food costs to eat better, for less.

Our delicious recipes are sourced from around the world and are all designed to cost less than £1.00 per head.

At the end of every lesson you can buy bags of ingredients at a cost of £3.00 each, with enough food included for four meals, so you can try cooking it again (and again) at home.

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