Updated 30 November 2021
Digital support at indoor centres
Whitmore Community Centre
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 — but we now have a workaround that enables full digital support.
We are offering structured courses, workshops and digital drop-in on three afternoons every week at Whitmore Community Centre — in both the large rooms that face the backyard garden. Unfortunately, we can’t say that everybody is invited — because pandemic restrictions are still in place, and we can’t have more than 10-12 people in each room. So please contact us before you come: email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text to 07423 162019.
Current and completed courses
The current courses are full now, but we will repeat them again.
- How to be safe on the internet (Thursday afternoons, 1:30 to 3:30 pm, 18 Nov – 16 Dec).
- Touchscreen skills for beginners (completed).
- Exploring the internet with smartphones (completed).
Our first structured course for 18 months – Exploring the internet with smartphones – was actually one of the pre-pandemic courses that never happened at Finsbury Park Trust.
Digital drop-in for 1:1 help
The pandemic is not over, so please contact us before you come …
- Every Monday and Friday, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
- Our volunteer team has extensive digital inclusion experience and they are 50+ themselves.
- Of course, we cannot guarantee a result, but our success rate is impressive.
Digital inclusion is social inclusion
It will be a few weeks before we restore normal activity — but we are on the right track.
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 Tuesday project is open to all older people.
This Tuesday event is organised by Curve Garden staff and volunteers (not by us) – 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.
Digital support in the garden
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 2021. We are now offering informal support in the Curve Garden on Tuesday mornings 11 am to 1:30 pm.
The informal smartphone workshops in the Curve Garden (and other COVID-safe places) have finished. During the winter months, we need all our training phones for the indoor workshops that resumed in October.
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 during the winter.
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. Please donate if you can.
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.
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.