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.
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.
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.
… putting forward a practical vision of a place where “meaningful relationships are the central operating principle” and setting out a route map for reaching it.
This is a transcript of a discussion led 12 March 2018 by social innovator David Robinson. He discusses nearly everything that seems to be going wrong in the world we live in — and then offers a credible way forward — how to make it right again. The relationships are not just between people. They are relationships between people and business, people and government, people and organisations, people and institutions — the weak and failing relationships that result in isolation and loneliness — the phone calls that never get answered.
It’s all on one web page. Click on the button below …
An invitation from BBC All in the Mind presenter, Claudia Hammond …
We all feel lonely at certain points in our lives, but for some people that loneliness becomes chronic.
To help us discover who feels lonely and what can be done to help them feel more connected, we’d like as many people as possible to take part in the BBC Loneliness Experiment.
Whether or not you feel lonely at the moment, we’d love to hear from you.
If you can spare the time, we’d be very grateful, because the more people who take part, the better picture we can get of loneliness in society today and how to tackle it in the future.
‘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.
- Community Action
- Contemporary Voices
- Food and Frontlines
- Hackney Writers
- Inside Out
- The Island
- Working Women: the 55 bus
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.
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.
Supports people to find and use dementia-friendly touchscreen apps
AcTo Dementia provides recommendations and guidance on accessible touchscreen apps for people living with dementia. This website is an ideal resource for anyone with a diagnosis of dementia, or anyone looking to support a person with a diagnosis, to find and use apps on a tablet computer for entertainment. We are a group of university researchers unaffiliated with any app developers and all of our recommendations have been through an evidence-based review process.
Getting extra support from your energy supplier
If you find it hard to deal with your energy supply, you might be able to sign up to the Priority Services Register (PSR). This gets you extra support from your energy supplier.
You’ll need to contact your energy network and fill in a signup form. Your energy network is the company that manages the electricity meters in your area, not the company you get bills from.
You can register for priority services if your energy network considers you ‘vulnerable’. This can apply to lots of different situations – for example if you:
- are disabled or seriously ill
- are recovering from an injury
- have mental health problems
- don’t speak or read English well
- have children under 5 or are pregnant
- have reached your State Pension age
The Citizens Advice page has more information and a form to help you understand what extra support is available.
We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Over a million older people in the UK are always or often lonely, some go for months without seeing friends or family. Visiting an older person as part of your weekly run can make a huge difference to their life.
We call the older people we visit coaches because they help motivate us to run and they share their wisdom. It’s amazing what you can learn from your coach. Coach runs can be fit around your schedule and don’t need to take up more than 20 minutes of your time per week.
Margaret Gilbert had always lived with her only child, Richard. He used to be her carer until he was diagnosed with terminal cancer five years ago – then those roles were reversed.
Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting strict waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations and A&E.
The NHS is under unprecedented pressure. Rising numbers of patients need hospital care – whether in an accident and emergency department, for cancer treatment or for planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements.
For each there are strict targets local services are expected to meet across the UK. But what are the chances of being seen in time where you live? Use the interactive tracker to find out.
We bring (mainly) older people together for enjoyable shared learning experiences. Our aim is to allow everyone who wants to learn something or share activities in friendly settings a chance to do so at minimal cost.
The Campaign to End Loneliness inspires thousands of organisations and people to do more to tackle the health threat of loneliness in older age.
We are a network of national, regional and local organisations and people working together through community action, good practice, research and policy. We want to ensure that loneliness is acted upon as a public health priority at national and local levels.
Patient is an online resource providing information on health, lifestyle, disease and other medical related topics. The website’s aim is to provide members of the public with up-to-date information on health related topics in the form of comprehensive leaflets (which can be read online or printed), blogs, wellbeing advice and videos. Leaflets are compiled by qualified medical practitioners with several years of experience in the medical profession.
The Age of No Retirement is a movement for intergenerational action and new opportunities for citizens, workers, businesses and communities of all ages – working together to challenge the narrative of division and difference and create a new age of unity and hope where our age, younger or older, does not matter.
Our goal is simple. To create a world where our age does not define us. Shattering age related barriers and ageist stereotypes. Creating an age inclusive future.
Visit Age of No Retirement
Find recipes from your favourite BBC programmes and chefs, or browse by ingredient or dish. With over 13000 recipes you’re sure to find the perfect dish