We are oldies, talking about what we know, what we have seen, what we have done – real experiences and real stories. We record our conversation, then we put a shorter, edited version on the Internet – every week.
We make podcasts because we think older people in this area have unique insights about the world changing around us – and there is no point keeping it to ourselves.
We talk – other people listen and take notice. It’s fun, very effective, and we would like you to join us. You don’t need any technical skills to make your voice heard.
We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves — oldies own the process — since 2010.
Keep scrolling down! The most recent published episodes are below (and there are usually 3 or 4 in post-production, waiting to be published).
Hackney elders remembering their school days in London, Trinidad and Zimbabwe.
The voices belong to: Irene, Janette, Mark, Sallie.
Recorded 7 August 2018 in St Mary’s Secret Garden. 25 minutes.
Miss Kakande brings her talk show to Whitmore Community Centre.
The voices belong to: Andreas, Irene, Janette, Mark, Marylin, Megan, Mimi, Miss Kakande, Sallie.
Recorded 29 June 2018. 65 minutes.
Nicky Branch, energy advisor at SHINE, is talking to Hackney elders about the range of free energy-related services available to disadvantaged Hackney residents.
The voices belong to: Bob, Marylin, Megan, Mimi, Nicky, Sallie and Sheila. Five other people were part of the discussion, but are not heard on this episode.
Recorded 15 June 2018. 33 minutes.
About Hackney Shine
From their own website …
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.
How to contact Hackney SHINE
Hackney elders are talking about their best friends, now and in the past, on Best Friends Day 8 June.
The voices belong to: Alice, Andreas, Irene, Janette, Mimi, Sallie, Trish.
Recorded 8 June 2018. 24 minutes.
Paula Yassine, manager of St. Mary’s Secret Garden, leads a conversation about gardening and wellbeing.
The voices belong to: Dane, Megan, Paula, Rick, Sallie. Six other people were part of the discussion, but are not heard on this episode.
Recorded 1 June 2018. 38 minutes.
Housing activist Martin Sadler and other Hackney elders, talking about how the housing needs of older people.
The voices belong to: Andreas, Dane, Janette, Martin, Megan, Mimi, Sallie. Two other people were present, but are not heard on this episode.
Recorded 25 May 2018.
Umi Baden-Powell (research associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design) talks to Hackney elders about their experiences of online banking and how the banks should develop their services in this digital era.
Like all our podcast episodes, this is a highly condensed edit of a much longer conversation.
The voices belong to: Elizabeth, Elon, Joyce, Rick, Sallie, Stephen and Umi. Eight other people contributed to the live session, but are not heard on this episode.
Recorded 11 May 2018. 21 minutes.
Umi’s research agenda
- The transition from physical branches to online spaces
- Banking innovations
- Mobile bank branches
- Bank lounges in hybrid spaces
- Virtual reality
- Virtual human beings
- How will all this affect the 20-30% of people excluded from new methods?
- 12 million adults lack digital skils
- 5.8 million have never used the Internet
- 1.7 million do not have bank account
- 2.7 million people rely on cash
Technological and social barriers
- No 3G or 4G services in some parts of UK
- Many people do not have access to a computer
- Banks and building societies have been shutting down 300 branches every year since 1989 — 55% of branches have been lost, including 762 lost last year alone.
Mentioned in the conversation
This 15-minute episode was part of a much longer (85 minute) rehearsal for combining a Hello Hackney podcast with a live radio stream. We were talking about ways to develop the podcast project, but we were also experimenting with ways to manage people and noise in the community centre.
The missing 80% of the conversation was often very interesting – but also off-topic or would have been inaudible to a live audience.
The voices belong to: Andreas, Dane, Irene and Rick. Four other people contributed to the live rehearsal, but are not heard on this episode.
Recorded 4 May 2018. 15 minutes.
Hackney elders talking about how their friends, family and neighbours cope with loneliness – and how they would cope with it themselves.
The voices belong to: Andreas, Dane, Elizabeth, Irene, JohnJ, JohnW, Ken, Mark, Pauline and Stephen.
Recorded 27 April 2018. 25 minutes.
An unplanned, spontaneous chat about growing old – in Hackney and other places. We did it in the garden to simulate an outside broadcast.
The voices belong to: Andreas, Cornelia, Irene, Megan, Pauline and Sallie.
Recorded 20 April 2018. 29 minutes.