Can the government end loneliness with postmen?

On the day that Tracey Crouch announces the UK government strategy to combat loneliness, Hackney elders discuss their own understanding and experiences of loneliness and isolation.

The voices belong to: Andreas, Marylin, Mimi and Sallie.

Recorded 15 October 2018 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF.

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

Visit to AcTo Dementia

This is a website from Sheffield University which is  looking  into touch screen applications for dementia users.

There is a number of recommended apps.

There is also a forum, which I have joined, to communicate with the researchers, as it only had two messages in it. I doubled the number of messages about apps by listing the two apps I have been looking at and tested with my wife Elly who has dementia.

I would ask other drop-in users to use the site and make suggestions as to how apps could be developed.

Most commercial apps include distracting adds which take over and confuse the user. They also include in-app purchases which can cost and confuse the user. I know they have to make money, but a simple purchase up front or free would be the better options for dementia users.

Make a suggestion

I would like to see an on-line forum for computer users in Hackney, that can be accessed by computer users at home.

  1. This would encourage people to use their computers at home.
  2. Purchase a computer and broadband to use at home rather go to a centre to use one.
  3. Encourage 24 hour use of the computer when it is convenient, rather than wait to attend a formal group.
  4. Extends the length of support that can be given to 7 days a week, by volunteers able to be logged on, when they were available.
  5. Encourage social cohesion, reduce social isolation and reduce loneliness.

happy wednesday morning at whitmore drop in centre

I have been coming to whitmore drop in centre for nearly a year now, but before I came here. I first went to the lawns in in newington green to join the hackney streamers age uk to learn about computers and lap-tops as a silver surfer.

When the lawns closed down I went to open school east in downham road to continue my classes,then they closed down.but I was told about the whitmore drop in centre.

I really enjoy coming here to continue to learn. All the people who come here are very nice. What is really important to me is that I can send e-mails to my grandchildren and receive e-mails from them and look up on the website.

from a very happy silver surfer