What we did – 8 March 2019

Hardeep checking her phone, with help from volunteer Nick

As usual, both spaces were full ten minutes after opening. 35 people received or contributed help during the afternoon — 35 stories that we didn’t have time to capture, but there will be just as many next week. Of course, we could not have done it without volunteers Gene, Margaret, Nick and Tom.

With a little more funding, we could occupy the third space at Whitmore Community Centre, and help 50 people at the Friday afternoon session. With an extra top-up, we could be in the centre all day, and aim for 100.

What we did – 8 February 2019

Horrible weather outside, but it’s always sunny inside Whitmore Community Centre on Friday afternoon — so we were full. Special thanks for a great afternoon — to volunteers Paul, Chris, Adam and Ashraf from Financial Conduct Authority via Benefacto – plus regular volunteers Gene, Margaret, Stephen and Tom.


What we did – 18 January 2019

It was very cold outside — but that didn’t prevent 31 people dropping-in. Special thanks to volunteers Daniyal, Heather, Jennifer and Matt from Tideway via Benefacto – plus regular volunteers Gene, Margaret, Stephen and Tom.

What we did – 19 December 2018

Special thanks to volunteers Cliff, Jacqueline, Miriam and Tina from Digital RealtyFCAMJ Mapp and Willis Towers Watson via Benefacto – plus regular volunteers Derek, Gene, Margaret, Michael and Tom.

What we did – 22 November 2017

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.

Special thanks to volunteers Ajay & Bradley (from Carey Group) and Olly from Mace Group, via Benefacto – and our regular volunteers Derek and Michael.
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My Time As A Helper

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.

Olly Cole