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Join us from where you are, next Saturday

An experiment in online gatherings and workshops

Saturday 20 Oct, 2 to 4 pm

An online drop-in?

This is something we have been thinking about for several years. We don’t like the fact that our inclusive drop-in sessions do not include some of the people who most need it – people who are housebound, always or occasionally, for any reason.

What can we do about that?

Can we create an online drop-in that is tied to the real drop-in, so that everybody feels that they belong, everybody feels more connected, and everybody gets help and support if they want it?

Online gatherings with video and sound are not new. Businesses have been doing it for at least 20 years. The technology already works well. It’s available to anyone who has an Internet connection (at home or anywhere else) and a device with a video camera and a microphone. That’s a lot of people. The challenge is learning how to make it work for everybody who visits the IT drop-in, and everybody who cannot.

Right now, it’s not obvious how we could include housebound IT beginners. That’s a goal we should work towards, from where we are now – a plausible starting point, which we think could be Hangouts Meet.

Piloting Hangouts Meet

Learners on our recent mini-course G Suite apps helped to test Hangouts Meet, which we can offer as a free resource for chat, information and learning. Of course, we couldn’t test it fully because we were all in the same room! But it seems to have everything we need: business-level privacy, designed for regular scheduled sessions at which everyone can get to know everyone else, good sound quality over wifi (reasonable video too), the ability to break out to smaller group chats, participants can create their own sessions if they want to, and even the possibility of running online workshops.

So the next step is to pilot it — schedule a date and time for an open online session in which nearly everybody will be somewhere else, probably at home. We hope you can find time next Saturday to join an experimental session. Details below …

Help us test an online drop-in

  • Sat 20 October, 2 to 4 pm (it’s a drop-in, so start and finish as you please).
  • It should work on most smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.
  • If you have an account at gmail.com, seniors.org.uk or bold.org.uk – sign in to that first.
  • Then follow this link: meet.google.com/efr-jqdz-coi

More information?

If you would like more information about this idea, please email helpteam@hellohackney.net

If you would like help with your equipment, or maybe even try a dummy run, please come to one of our four drop-in sessions this week.

SOCOM

Social Communicationlists
SOCOM for short
Definition: Skype groups set up by people who feel socially isolated to have a chat with similar others.
Non encumbered by advertising, interruptions or public.
A Private group with a public purpose, groups members have to be invited on to the group.

Background: Communication has been proved beneficial by test groups, but I cannot find anywhere that has set up the idea of encouraging the use of them to reduce social isolation. This is the biggest problem for carers.
Requirements:
1. You need a permanent platform, i.e., somewhere to sit and chat privately.
2. You need an email address as well as Skype, to set up an ID and communicate outside the Skype group to set up times to chat etc. Please be able to respond to emails within a reasonable time.
3. You need a Skype account, which is free if you operate from Broadband or WiFi. Mobile accounts will charge you for the data you use (which is considerable).
4. The software is free. It is available for Apple and Android as well as Linux and Windows PC.
5. You need someone to act as the “Host”, to make sure the other members can connect to each other.
6. Skype is a video conversation so you will need a camera on the computer you use.
7. The rest of the rules is up to you.

Anyone interested in setting one up should contact Stephen Adams at nbnsadams@hotmail.com

Music is powerful!

Music is very soothing when you listen  to it. It is powerful, music alone shall never die, all other things shall perish under the sky and break with our tears. When we are alone when our love ones have gone music helps and brings back good memories.

When mother rise a blessing no matter where you go you never miss your mother’s love until she’s buried beneath the clay.

Wadley

Silver Sunday, 7 October

A special event for Hackney’s over 50’s

A message from the Speaker of Hackney …

Sunday 7th October, 1pm – 4pm,
Hackney Town Hall – Assembly Rooms


Sunday 7th October is Silver Sunday and events will be taking place across the UK to celebrate older people.

We are inviting Hackney’s over 50’s to join us for a sing-a-long event at Hackney Town Hall. There will be a performance by the Hackney Empire Community Choir and plenty of opportunity for everyone to join in and sing a mix of songs together.

The event is free to Hackney residents aged over 50 (tickets are available for carers of any age) and there will also be refreshments, goodie bags and a raffle.

To book tickets, contact Eda on 020 8356 3591 or email speaker@hackney.gov.uk

Growing up in Hackney – now and then

Hackney elders talking with the young PEER UK ambassadors about growing up and living in Hackney.

The oldie voices belong to: Marylin, Paula, Peter, Rick, Sallie, Walter. The PEER UK voices belong to Alice, Davinia, Dela, Elise, Mariam.

Recorded 21 September 2018 at PEER UK, London N1 6QL

Ten podcast participants are sitting around table with microphones. Walter is talking. The others are looking at him attentively.

About PEER UK

Food for thought

I of great men will remind us that you can make your life sublime on the parting left behind us, by the foot prints on the sand of time.

Stand up and play the game, for when the great scorer comes to write against your name, he comes not how you won or lost but how you played the game.

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.

https://therestartproject.org/parties/the-big-fix-hackney-fourth-festival-of-repair/

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

https://therestartproject.org/repairdirectory/

Workshops for Hackney carers

Two workshops in September

1. Bowel Cancer Awareness

Friday 21 September, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Join us to learn more about bowel cancer and how it develops.
  • 9 out of 10 people survive early stage bowel cancer if spotted early.
  • The session will be highly interactive and you are free to ask lots of questions.

Click for ALL the details about the Bowel Cancer workshop


2. Smokefree Hackney information workshop

Friday 28 September, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Are you thinking of quitting for Stoptober?
  • Would you like advice on how to support a family member or friend to stop smoking?

Click for ALL the details about the Smokefree workshop


Where and how

  • Both workshops will be at 1C Mentmore Terrace, E8 3DQ
  • If you would like to attend, please contact CCS admin on 020 8533 0951 or email ccsadmin@hackneycarers.org.uk to book a place

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

Update

These Kingsland Hub courses have already started, so this post is now out of date.