Hackney Fixers Map

I went to the Restarters event at Leytonstone today, to see what it was all about.

I found that they made up a list of people who attended and wanted things fixed.

In order they came in they were given access to a repairer with the specialism in the repair they wanted.

It is all done using volunteers, for Free.

The successes were also listed on the wall.

A similar event is going on in Hackney at StokeNewington Library  in Church Street on Saturday 22nd September 2018 starting at 12:00 hours.


They have also produced a online map showing repairers with a 80% or above satisfaction rating.


Computer courses for beginners at Kingsland Hub

These free IT courses might be exactly what you are looking for

The courses will be at Kingsland Hub in Kingsland Road — very close to Whitmore Community Centre.

They will be run by Peter Bedford Housing Association (PBHA), who have sent us this information …

1. Introduction to Computers – Taster

‘This short taster course is for people who have not used computers before and wish to sample what computers are about before pursuing the next step. The course runs twice weekly’

  • Duration: 3 weeks (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Dates: 25 September to 11 October
  • Time: 10 am to 12 noon

2. Next Steps into Computers

‘This course is for people who have done the Taster course and wish to continue learning’

  • Duration: 6 weeks (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Dates: 23 October to 24 January
  • Time: 10 to 12 noon

Do it now!

We cannot answer any questions about these courses — so for more information or to register for a course, please contact PBHA as soon as possible …

  • Email: learn@peterbedford.org.uk
  • Phone: 020 3815 4100

Cloud for Community (working title)

A course for adventurous oldies

Every Wednesday morning during September

Learn how to use apps for communication – slides, flyers, poster, video calls, messaging (and maybe improve your email skills).

You will be using our classy new laptops, exploring ways to be useful with the help of simple and free software.

At 3 of the 4 sessions, we will be joined by teams of young volunteers from the City.

Finish with a sense of achievement, knowing that you have learnt something new, and a certificate to prove it.

Update 29 August

  • The course is full.

Return of the Laptop Café

New laptops in the Community Room

Escape from the IT Room

We are finally out of the tiny IT Room that has space for only 8 people. We have expanded into the much larger Community Room with 9 new laptops, and space for you, your laptop, and 20 other people.

So on Wednesday mornings, the Community Room is the 50+ Laptop Café (the name we used at The Lawns computer centre and Piccadilly Community Centre). That’s in addition to the large Meeting Room that we have been using for about 2 years. Now we can accommodate about 40 people in two large spaces. connected by the garden and the kitchen.

The new laptops are all Chromebooks — very fast, very safe and very easy — giving us instant access to the Internet — and exactly what we need to resume workshops and short courses.

The new Hello Hackney podcast project

The Friday podcast series has ended

The next podcast project has begun.

The new podcast base is St Mary’s Secret Garden – usually on Tuesday afternoons. It is a new project, not the same project in a different location

  • The podcast sessions will be pop-ups, not drop-in events – so they won’t necessarily happen every week.
  • The smaller, more intimate, space in the Secret Garden will match our need for more contemplative conversations.
  • Some of the tightly-focussed sessions might be invitation only, and not publicised in advance.

If you would like to propose a topic in which you have a special interest or knowledge, please tell Rick or Sallie about it (or email to podcast@hellohackney.net )

To keep in touch with the podcast project and its social inclusion purpose, please make sure we have your email address, mobile phone number (for text messages) or landline number. Email address is best if you check it at least once each week.

Where is St Mary’s Secret Garden?

  • 50 Pearson Street, E2 8EL
  • On the corner of Pearson St and Appleby St (5 minute walk from Whitmore Community Centre)
  • Bus stops: Pearson St or Geffrye Museum
  • Train station: Hoxton
  • Map: https://goo.gl/maps/16sVqeJpNpw

50+ Pop-Up Internet Café

Our Wednesday morning program for August and September is the ‘50+ Pop-Up Internet Café’ — the same as before but with more space and more people.

The Friday afternoon podcast series has ended. The next podcast series will be Tuesday afternoon pop-ups, not drop-in events – so they won’t necessarily happen every week. The new podcast venue will be St Mary’s Secret Garden (50 Pearson St, Hoxton E2 8EL — not far from Whitmore Community Centre).