Our VIP guest will be Belén Barros, who is interested in your stories about old and new technology.
She wants to hear about your radios, your washing machines, your vacuum cleaners, your cameras, your computers, your phones and any other gadgets you’ve ever had, bought or built.
So we could have a conversation about familiar technology that is considered obsolete even though it works, and replacement technology that requires adaptation to an unfamiliar and unsettling way of life (eg- smartphones instead of landline phones).
Or perhaps you could bring a gadget to make your point (I’m still using a kitchen blender that I bought more than 40 years ago; it looks odd, but it works perfectly).
Postponed from 8 June — our VIP guest will be Miss Alison Kakande — founder of Voices Of, and the organiser of the very impressive Trowbridge Silver Surfers (Trowbridge Estate). Miss Kakande has been active in Hackney for many years and is looking forward to meeting you.
This is how she describes Voices Of …
The majority of the people you encounter on a day to day basis, out and about, at work or on your commute, have a story. Some might wish to share it and some might decide to listen. Miss Kakande is tired of Hollywood endings, contrived storylines, and morality lessons, aren’t you?
The Voices of… is a series of events and one to one conversations with the local community starting in the heart of Hackney. This all began as a talk show project in 2015. It has since evolved into the Voices Of…
The Voices Of… was born from the listening and sharing of the untold stories in their rawest form.
And here’s a video of her saying it …
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.
Our VIP guest will be Nicky Branch from Hackney Shine …
Hackney SHINE energy advice has been set up to help residents keep well and warm throughout the year and avoid cold-related conditions during winter and anxiety over paying the fuel bills, which can lead to ill health, extra visits to the GP and hospital admissions.
We are asking everybody to complete this survey. It would definitely help our struggle to keep the drop-in open — and you might win an iPad!
In Connect Hackney’s own words …
Are you a Hackney resident aged over 60 with something to say – good or bad – about using digital technology, like mobile phones, computers and the internet?
Connect Hackney is a Big Lottery funded programme, aimed at improving the wellbeing of people aged over 50 by preventing loneliness and isolation.
We know that digital technology can play a role in helping people to stay in touch with friends and family and find out about local activities and opportunities to meet people. Feedback from the older people we’ve talked to – and wider research – shows that older people have very mixed views about using technology.
Some people like it and use technology as part of their day to day lives. Other people would like to use technology more, but are unsure and a bit anxious about using it. Some older people are not interested at all.
We would like to spend some of the money we’ve got from the Big Lottery Fund on providing more help for people aged 60 plus who want to improve their use of technology. We’ve got some ideas about the sort of things that might be helpful – but we would like to hear from Hackney’s over 60s to find out what might be stopping people from learning about the new digital world – apps, smartphones, Skype, email etc. This will help us to think about what might be the best way to help people feel more confident about using technology in their day to day lives.
To help us to finalise our ideas, please could you help by filling out this short survey. There is a chance to win an IPad and case, as all completed surveys will be entered into a prize draw.
It doesn’t have to be online
If you are one of the many people are uncomfortable doing this sort of thing on a screen, we have a more familiar way. You can fill in a paper form instead. It’s easier to read and understand. If you do it on paper, you will be sure that your answers truly reflect your opinions, and you will spend less time doing it.
If you are in a hurry, you could take the paper form away with you, and send it in later using the stamped, addressed envelope provided by Connect Hackney.
So if you are a Hackney resident and aged 60 or over (both are important) …
Please come to Whitmore Community Centre to fill in, or take away, the paper form — on Wednesday morning or Friday afternoon
If you would like to have the paper form but can’t get to Whitmore Community Centre while we are there, please contact us so we can talk about reaching you some other way
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.