50+ in Dalston Curve Garden

Update 14 June 2021

Two weekly events for all older people

Both events are sequels to the small pandemic support groups that we managed from July until March.

From 11 am to 1:30 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, the Dalston Curve Garden hosts COVID-safe community events for people aged 50 and over.

You can come on both days. No appointments, no formalities. We are interested in you, not which borough you live in. If you are 50+, just pull the door open and walk in to the happiest & safest place in London to meet your friends.

On both days, there is always an optional bonus activity — something to do, or something you want, or something you need.

Small groups of older people enjoying the spring sunshine in the garden.
Space – fresh air – sunshine – Curve Garden hospitality.

Mondays, open from 11 am

Managed by local charity MRS-Independent Living, this is a community event for all older people in the beautiful Curve Garden – with a useful extra activity for anyone who needs advice or help with laptops, tablets, phones and Internet.

We offer this support program in the outdoor areas partially protected by a canopy — the VIP area (with sofas and table) near the entrance, and the stage at the far end.

The garden is not suitable for classes, so all the help is 1:1 with our expanding volunteer team.

Everywhere else in the garden is open for you and your friends – to enjoy in the normal non-digital way.

Do you have a digital aspiration or problem or query?

Bring it to the Support Team on the stage as early as possible on Monday morning (but not before 11 am). We will do our best to make your aspiration real, or your dream come true — or your problem go away, so you can get on with normal human life.

People who need help with a phone or tablet — you can find us in the stage area at the end of the garden.

People who need help with a laptop — take a seat in the VIP area opposite the entrance — it’s for laptops only (and a maximum of eight).

For people who just want to read their email or do simple things on the web, we have tablets that can be taken anywhere in the garden.

A stage with a bright colourful facade, surrounded by leafy vegetation.
Find the support team on the Curve Garden stage.

Are you a 50+ carer?

Curve Garden Monday is a safe outdoor community event for all older people – and carers who can get here are always especially welcome.

If you can ever get away from your home responsibilities – we are here every Monday, from 11 am to 1:30 pm. It’s a drop-in, so you can arrive and leave whenever it is possible. The person you care for is also welcome in this wonderful garden. Everyone else here will understand your situation because many of us are carers – and because everyone running this project is also an oldie.

How we can help you – at home

We know that many older people are stuck at home, often for long periods. That means they cannot easily access digital support, even for problems that are quite easy to fix. So we have just started a new home-based service. If you need digital support – especially for small problems that you can’t quite manage yourself – a competent staff member or authorised volunteer can come over and help.

The pandemic is not over yet

The Monday drop-in keeps in step with official government restrictions and with advice published by local Public Health.

Most legal restrictions have been lifted – but new coronavirus variants are still a threat to vulnerable people and to the NHS.

You may feel safe now – but please respect the feelings of other people in the garden who have good reason to be nervous about virus transmission – especially if they are carers at home.

Please spread out as much as you can.

Tuesdays, open from 11 am

This Tuesday event is managed by the Curve Garden itself – with a strong emphasis on creativity, making things — and keeping everybody warm, refreshed and happy. It gets bigger and 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.

Five members of the band (three guitars, one saxophone, and Gifty singing) sitting in a circle. Behind them are small groups of older people dispersed in the garden.
Curve Garden Tuesday resident band rehearsing.

Where is the Curve Garden?

  • Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF — opposite the library.
  • Map: goo.gl/maps/kHJhwJBSiVhgYnE86
  • 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.

Other days, other places, always free

We will restore indoor meetings when it is safe to do so. That won’t happen before 19 July. Meanwhile, please ask us for details about …

  • Support for beginners by phone, text and email
  • Occasional online courses and workshops for people with internet at home
  • COVID-safe help at home for people who are: housebound, carers, or have problems that they cannot bring to the Curve Garden.

How to ask questions

  • Email to hello@50pd.uk
  • Phone or text to 07423 162019