St Mary’s Secret Garden

St. Mary’s Secret Garden is a beautiful and accessible community garden with a difference in Hackney, London.

For over 25 years it has offered a safe space where people with support needs and the local community can get hands-on experience of gardening, gain a sense of inclusion and receive the benefits of horticulture and other ecotherapy activities.

This helps those in need combat isolation, develop valuable employment skills, gain qualifications and contribute to a greener, healthier, happier community.

Visit St Mary’s Secret Garden

Housing for older people in Hackney

Hello Hackney podcast,
Friday 25 May, 2 to 4 pm

This podcast discussion has been started by Martin Sadler, who says …

“There’s a lot of problems for older people in Hackney. As people get older, their housing needs change, but there is no system in place to allow people to change housing easily and effectively.”

Martin is a Hackney resident and the Age UK East London User Involvement Officer – so he brings a lot of experience to the conversation.

But we are just as interested in what you have to say. That’s what the podcast is for – older people talking about what they know.

Please bring your voice to Whitmore Community Centre on Friday afternoon.

Understanding Dementia

Free online course for people who need a better understanding of dementia

Rick’s Hackney Dementia Week idea

I discovered this while I was searching for useful dementia resources on the web. It’s listed by Class Central in its Top 50 list, with 1415 favourable reviews. So I looked carefully at the course description and signed myself up.

The course is delivered by the University of Tasmania, and seems to be less demanding than a normal University course. It’s obviously aimed at a wider community, but people who do it get a certificate.

Community learning

It’s a relatively advanced course, but there are many drop-in contacts who could do it if they were able to commit three hours each week for seven weeks. People who are new to online learning might need support to navigate the system — but that is what we are here for. The IT Room desktops would be ideal for a small group of people willing to accept the challenge — community learning in practice — in my opinion, what the IT Room should be used for.

The course starts 10 July, so you don’t have to make a decision immediately. If your family is affected by dementia, this is worth looking at — even if only for a glimpse of the real Internet.

Click on the button below to visit the course web site. If you are not sure how to follow the enrolment procedure, please grab a helper.

Understanding Dementia course