Forty people were at Whitmore Community Centre, and they didn’t even know it was the final drop-in. Our regular volunteers were helped by four brilliant volunteers from Sidley Austin (via Benefacto).
Volunteer Gene has gone back to the USA 🙁
Gene was with us nearly every Friday afternoon for the last six months — very popular, totally reliable in every way, and uniquely irreplaceable.
What we did – 22 March 2019
Full and very busy. Six volunteers from Financial Conduct Authority (via Benefacto) helped our regular volunteer team deliver more than 30 success stories.
What we did – 15 March 2019
We were full again. Volunteer Mike arrived with six laptops donated by his employer RKH Specialty. We hope to have them set up for the session next week.
As usual, we depended very much on our regular volunteers – Gene, Margaret and Tom were in today
What we did – 8 March 2019
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.
Irene and Patricia nominated for top 100 Hackney women
Reported in Hackney Today 28 January 2019 — Over 100 Hackney women were nominated for making a difference to the borough — two of the front-runners are drop-in stalwarts Irene Lewington and Patricia Sim, who both make a massive difference to our Friday afternoons.
Hyacinth — a prominent Hackney wonder woman in her own right — investigates. Watch this hastily-made instant video, shot on an old iPad, handheld by a one-eyed camera person, in an echoey room at Whitmore Community Centre, surrounded by other people banging and coughing.
What we did – 25 January 2019
What we did – 18 January 2019
BBC – “The woman who spends her nights on a London bus”
A woman who lives in sheltered accommodation spends several nights every week riding on London’s night buses in order to meet people. Carol says nobody speaks to her when she is at home so she goes looking for company on public transport.
This is the link to the BBC video – The woman who spends her nights on a London bus
What we did – 19 December 2018
Special thanks to volunteers Cliff, Jacqueline, Miriam and Tina from Digital Realty, FCA, MJ Mapp and Willis Towers Watson via Benefacto – plus regular volunteers Derek, Gene, Margaret, Michael and Tom.
What we did – 5 December 2018
Special thanks to volunteers Andy, Eliza, Jamie, Kathryn and Sarah Jane from Informa and Lexis Nexis via Benefacto – plus regular volunteers Derek, Gene, Margaret, Michael and Tom.
Video Jive from the Archive
See yourself as you were then
A Frequently Asked Question
Q: Where are all the old videos and photos?
- A1: Some of them are on this page — Video Blasts from the Past
- A2: Some are on this old Tumblr blog — Agewell Social Network (which might have expired 🙁 )
- A3: Some are offline.
What we did – 14 November 2018
What we did – 7 November 2018
What we did – 23 May 2018
We had more than 50 people at Whitmore Community Centre — easily the largest attendance ever.
But we managed, thanks to the help of our regular volunteers, plus corporate volunteers Coralie, Lerica and Mia from Aecom, and John from Carey Group — all via Benefacto.
What we did – 14 March 2018
We broke our attendance record — 39 people!
Special thanks to volunteers Gary, Jaspal, John, Richard and Tracy from Legg Mason via Benefacto – plus regular volunteers Derek, Michael, Molly, Ram, Sol and Tom.
What we did – 28 February 2018
- Temperature in the Whitmore Community Centre garden: -2º C
- Average age: 77
What we did – 21 February 2018
As an added activity, we asked everybody to complete the BBC Loneliness Experiment survey, and to test the new Skype number for the podcast. It was impossible to count the successes, but it kept everybody busy.
Special thanks to volunteers James and Terence from Baringa via Benefacto – plus our regular volunteers Michael and Tom.