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.

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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.

“You have to look after yourself”

Hackney elders continue their conversation about social isolation – drawing particularly on the experiences of older carers.

When speakers refer to ‘here’ or ‘this place’, they mean the Hello Hackney 50+ drop-in and podcast sessions.

The voices belong to service users and volunteers at the Hackney 50+ Drop-in: Anita, Irene, Mimi, Rick, Sallie, Zena.

Recorded 16 February 2018. 26 minutes

“Isolation kills people”

This podcast episode joins a conversation that was already in full flow. We were talking about the Wednesday morning IT drop-in at Whitmore Community Centre, and how it functions as a social inclusion project. The episode title (‘Isolation kills people’) should perhaps be expanded to ‘The drop-in project tries to rescue people from the isolation that might otherwise kill them’.

When speakers refer to ‘here’ or ‘this place’, they mean the Hello Hackney 50+ drop-in.

The voices belong to service users and volunteers at the Hackney 50+ Drop-in: Irene, Liz, Rick, Sarah.

Recorded 9 February 2018. 22 minutes.

Beating social isolation in Hackney

Our theme is social isolation amongst older people – and our starting point is the proposition that the best way to understand social isolation it is to talk to older people who have direct experience of it in their own lives or the lives of their friends – and the best way to combat social isolation is to follow the lead of the experts – older people who deal with it as part of their everyday lives.

The voices belong to Charlie, Liz, Mimi, Rick, Theresa B.

Recorded 26 January 2018. 42 minutes.

Links to places mentioned

Men’s Sheds Association

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.

Visit Men’s Sheds Association

Bags of Taste

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.

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Hackney Foodbank

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.

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GoodGym

I needed help with my garden.  Sallie from the Hackney 50+Drop in put me in touch with GoodGym. Two girls came clear all the leaves and weeds, and dug up my potatoes for me. They also  planted some plants after the pruning. They made a good job and they did not ask for payment.

https://www.goodgym.org/reports/spuds-spuds-glorious-spuds

GoodGym is really a good service that I would recommend to anyone over sixty who needs help.