We thought the session would be quieter than usual because a clashing event had drawn away some of our regulars. But we were almost overwhelmed by the number of people who did turn up. We can’t claim it was the highest attendance yet because we lost count after 30. Next week we will expand into the community centre’s newly refurbished IT Room — with new desktops for 8 people and space for up to 4 other users and volunteers.
I volunteered at the Hackney 50+ IT Drop-In today. It was good to see how popular it is, with the room full of people using computers and socialising. I helped a lady named Catherine to write posts on the blog and to check and answer her emails. She was very grateful for my assistance and I was delighted to have helped her today.
Rick and Sallie have clearly done a great job of putting it all together and I would recommend it as a very rewarding and welcoming place for both attendees and volunteers who would like to help out.
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.
Today’s hero is Wadley — learning IT and sharing what he already knows a lot about. Wadley is a genius in the kitchen — fed everybody with his own Saltfish-&-Ackee recipe (plus yellow yam, plantain, and dasheen).