Updated 18 October 2021
50+ in Dalston Curve Garden
A creative safe zone for all older people
Every Tuesday, 11 am to 1:30 pm
50+ in the Curve Garden is a weekly social meetup for older people in a well-known, safe, socially-distanced space — where you can escape isolation, make new friends, stay informed and actively involved with your community.
The Curve Garden is accessible by bus and overground train. It is bicycle-friendly. The project is open to all older people. It is not borough-specific.
This Tuesday event is organised by Curve Garden staff and volunteers – with a strong emphasis on creativity, making things — and keeping everybody warm, refreshed and happy. It gets better every week. The best way to find out what happens is to be there.
The Curve Garden has no funding for this
Something you should know — the Curve Garden does not have funding support for the Tuesday project. It’s expensive, and the entire cost comes out of the Garden’s precarious reserves.
Where is the Curve Garden?
- Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF — opposite the library.
- Google map showing location.
- Very close to Dalston Junction overground station, and not far from Dalston Kingsland.
- Bus: 30, 38, 56, 67, 76, 149, 236, 242, 243, 277, 488.
Our main base for COVID-safe outdoor activity since July 2020 has been Dalston Curve Garden.
We were busy right up to the last day of 2020 — but then we had to suspend our 2021 New Year program because it was impossible under lockdown 3. So we switched to exemption five support groups until 29 March.
Our Monday digital support program in the Curve Garden ended 12 July. We are now offering informal support in the Curve Garden on Tuesday mornings 11 am to 1:30 pm.
The mobile phone project in outdoor spaces
The informal smartphone workshops in the Curve Garden have finished. It might seem like we had a lot of training phones, but we need them all at the indoor courses that have just started.
The last few garden workshops were attended by at least 20 people — which is more than we can reasonably handle. We are now designing ways we can meet the huge demand for help with your own phones — at the Curve Garden and other outdoor places.
Everyone will eventually be offered a place on one of the indoor courses.
The mobile phone project at indoor centres
We resumed indoor workshops in August – at Whitmore Community Centre, which has had internet connection problems since January 2020. Those problems have not been resolved, which is why we have done so little there.
Our first structured course for 18 months – Exploring the internet with smartphones – started at Pembury Community Centre 7 October. It is actually the pre-pandemic course that never happened at Finsbury Park Trust. The Pembury CC course is full, but we will repeat it soon on different weekdays at a different venue.
Starting after the school holidays — we will offer structured courses, workshops and digital drop-in on three afternoons every week. The space has been booked until the end of the year. Full details coming soon.
Digital inclusion is social inclusion
It will be a few weeks before we restore normal activity — but we are on the right track.
How to Grow a Community Hub
Was: Tuesday 20 July
This event was part of the London Festival of Ideas — exploring how to build stronger communities — and an imaginary step into the future that we all want.
We had our largest attendance ever, anywhere — at least 100, including a significant contingent of younger helpers. Thank you Hands On London for making that happen, and Curve Garden staff for being fully involved despite the extra work we must have created.
The Festival of Ideas team will publish their insights soon.
Help, and how to ask questions
- Email to email@example.com
- Phone or text to 07423 162019
New website coming soon
There is a reason for the current threadbare appearance of this website — we are building a new website with updated content – and not bothering so much with this one. Our smartphone and tablet learners are already using the new site — and it should be ready for public view soon.