Inclusion Lab

For older people who don’t think digitally

Updated 8 July 2024

What is Inclusion Lab?

Inclusion Lab is a specialised Learning Together project — for you if …

  • you are, or are becoming: economically-active (including DWP job-seekers, self-employed and working-age carers), creatively-active, community-active, or perhaps just an activist
  • you would like support and guidance towards achieving a real-world goal that is not primarily digital (ideally that you have already started)
  • you know that you may have to navigate a few digital potholes on the road to your non-digital destination.

Who

So far, a small, flexible group discovering the potential of the internet to enhance their real world – for their own goals and for the group – and finding new doors waiting to be opened.

So far everyone has a different reason for being in it. Their digital competence varies a lot, but it doesn’t matter – what they have in common is a goal that represents who they are in the real world.

So far – we are pleased that the goals include challenging disadvantage and other words beginning with dis (eg- disability, discrimination).

Where and when

We have just moved Friday afternoon Inclusion Lab from Mildmay Community Centre to the Marie Lloyd Centre (MLC), where we are using the small but delightful Conservatory. Our Friday times are 1 to 4 pm.

The MLC address is: 329 Queensbridge Road, E9 3LA.

What

Some ideas we are working on …

  • Online learning
  • Community engagement
  • Audio blogging
  • Hybrid local and remote help (especially for carers)
  • Music and mixes
  • Podcasting and internet radio
  • Wii Sports (bowling, tennis and others)
  • 50+ co-working spaces
  • 50+ gaming

How to join us

Tell us about your real-world goal (or ask a question) in an email to hello@50pd.uk

If you want to drop in on any Friday afternoon, we will be very happy to see you — but be prepared to discover that Inclusion Lab is very different (more ambitious, more experimental) from our Wednesday afternoon Digital Drop-in.


What Inclusion Lab is not

Inclusion Lab is …

  • not a drop-in (though we guarantee a welcome with optional cup of tea)
  • not a course (though we might plan courses)
  • not a repeat of previous ‘employability’ or ‘Learn My Way’ projects
  • not necessarily about acquiring new digital skills
  • not something we expect anyone to do every week.