St Mary’s Secret Garden

Paula Yassine, manager of St. Mary’s Secret Garden, leads a conversation about gardening and wellbeing.

The voices belong to: Dane, Megan, Paula, Rick, Sallie. Six other people were part of the discussion, but are not heard on this episode.

Recorded 1 June 2018. 38 minutes.

Links

St Mary’s Secret Garden

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.

Visit St Mary’s Secret Garden

Safer Hackney

Hackney elders are talking about feeling safe in Hackney, the apparent epidemic of violent crime between youth – and what elders can do to help.

The voices belong to: Andreas, Cornelia, Irene, Josh, Ken, Maralyn, Megan, Sallie.

Recorded 6 April 2018. 45 minutes.

Abraham Badru links

Pets against loneliness

Our episode blurb

Our Hello Hackney guest is Lyn Ambrose, who has just launched a new community project: Pets Against Loneliness (PAL).

Lyn’s vision: “We are a group of volunteers bringing together older members of the community who may feel isolated, with well-behaved dogs and their owners, for the purposes of joy and the alleviation of loneliness for all”.

Lyn is not here just to talk. She is here to listen to your ideas on how to make the project work.

Do you think this is a great idea? Do you know anyone who might like to go to PAL activities? Do you know anything about animals (not just dogs)? Would you like to be a PAL volunteer?

What we did

PAL founder Lyn Ambrose and PAL volunteer Nick gave us a succinct overview of the project, what they have done so far, and what they hope to achieve in future. The conversation was about human society, not just abut dogs and other animals. We think this episode has captured the essence of their vision.

The voices belong to: Andreas, Cornelia, Evelyn C, Irene, Liz W, Lyn (PAL), Mimi, Nick (PAL), Rick and Walter.

Recorded 23 March 2018. 38 minutes.

PAL – contact info

PAL – where and when

  • New Unity Unitarian Church, 39a Newington Green, N16 9PR
  • First Saturday of each month, 10 to 12 noon.

Frontline funding for social inclusion

Hackney elders discuss difficulties of obtaining funding for frontline social inclusion projects.

The voices belong to: Andreas, Cornelia, Irene, Martin and Rick.

We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves — oldies own the process.

Recorded 16 March 2018. 22 minutes.

NB

This episode has been edited and published out of sequence, and is much shorter than the original conversation. Reason: it was part of a road map of what to do if funding for the drop-in project ended in March. As it happened, we secured a three-month reprieve.

The You and Me Principle

… 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 …

Visit The You and Me Principle

Can you remember your first job?

We have started a conversation about older people and work.

Can you remember your first job? First job as a school leaver? First job after arriving in the UK? Your worst job? The job you most want to talk about? Has your work formed your identity? How do you feel about retirement?

The voices belong to service users and volunteers at the Hackney 50+ Drop-in: Andreas, Martin, Peter, Rick, Sallie, Saul.

Recorded 2 March 2018. 29 minutes.

Was it a good idea to come to live here?

Was it a good idea to come to live here? In Hackney? In the UK?

This is a discussion point for older people whose family roots are somewhere else. We asked our participants: Were you brought here, or was it your own decision? Do you have any regrets? Are you contented? If you could start your life again, would you make the same choice? What are your best stories?

The voices belong to service users and volunteers at the Hackney 50+ Drop-in: Ayo, Bola, Dino, Hyacinth, Irene, Liz, Rick, Theresa.

Recorded 23 February 2018. 23 minutes.