Your to-do list (updated 29 June 2022)
- Dropin support at Mildmay Community Centre — Wednesday afternoon.
- Short courses at Mildmay Community Centre — Monday afternoon.
- Outdoor workshops at Adiaha Antigua Centre — Thursday afternoon.
- Popup events at Whitmore Community Centre — Friday afternoon.
- Popup events at Arbeit Studio – Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday Drop-in (main weekly event)
Digital Drop-in for learning, encouragement and 1:1 help
Where the least connected get the most attention.
- Every Wednesday, 1 to 4 pm
- All older people welcome — for any purpose, digital or not.
- Internet access: we bring tablets and laptops, set up specifically for older beginners.
- You can bring your own device — especially if you have a problem with it.
- Get help from our very experienced volunteer team.
- Mildmay CC has excellent, secure wifi for everyone who needs it.
- We use the large Main Hall (big enough for at least 50 people).
How to find Mildmay Community Centre
- Woodville Rd, Mayville Estate, N16 8NA
- Bus to Newington Green stop: 21, 73, 141, 236, 341, 476.
- Bus to Matthias Road stop: 236.
- Nearest bus stop is the Matthias Rd 236 stop.
- Nearest rail: Dalston Kingsland.
- Google map – Mildmay CC
Our street map
The blue blobs show the position of bus stops. The pink line shows walking routes from the bus stops.
A weekly workshop in the garden of the Adiaha Antigua Centre
The Fifty-Plus Digital garden workshops are just like our walking workshops with smartphones – but with the option of sitting instead of walking. Always very informal, about topics suggested by you – and only if the weather is friendly.
Every week, you can learn something new and interesting about smartphones, other gadgets, and the internet. Bring your own mobile device, or use one of our 4G training phones, set up specially for older learners.
Our training smartphones
Our training smartphones all have a 4G SIM card with a generous data plan that enables us to do everything we might want to do with a phone. So we have packed them with apps intended to be used while mobile outdoors (and sitting down, for those who prefer it). Of course you are welcome to bring your own device if you need some help with it.
Think of this as a drop-in, not a course you need to sign up for. We won’t do them if the weather is unfriendly.
- Thursday afternoons, 2 to 4 pm.
- But not if the weather is cold or wet.
- Adiaha Antigua Centre, 24-30 Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ
- It’s where the old Dalston Lane library used to be, years ago. Now the home of Hackney CVS. Access to the garden is through the front reception area.
- Google map shortcut – Adiaha Antigha Centre (HCVS)
- Bus: 30, 38, 56, 67, 76, 149, 242, 243, 277, 488
- Rail: Dalston Junction (on the same side of the street).
- Who can join?
Anyone aged 50 or better.
- Is this a course I can sign up for?
No – it’s an informal drop-in, different each week. You can’t book a place, but we do keep an attendance register.
- Are the workshops COVID-safe?
The pandemic is not over for everybody, so we are still very careful. Please bring a face covering, and remember to sign in.
- Can I bring my laptop or tablet?
Yes – but not a charging cable.
- Can we use the AA Centre indoor areas?
Only the WC.
- What happens if it rains?
We all go home.
- What about the walking mobile workshops?
They are on our agenda. So far, we have prioritised people who cannot walk very far.
Occasional activities in various places
Buying online in a cost-of-living crisis –
Whitmore Community Centre, Friday 1 July, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
A popup workshop for older people who don’t have a lot of money
This will be an online shopping workshop with an emphasis on non-digital retail skills — like how to assess your choices, how to recognise common marketing tricks, how to avoid scams, how financial transactions actually work.
We will also look at digital products, such as internet service deals, mobile data plans, software, new and refurbished equipment, payment systems such as PayPal.
- Exhibit A: a new Windows laptop bought online by a learner for £60 (less than one-third the normal price).
- Exhibit B: a new Chromebook laptop bought online by a learner for £150 (half the normal price).
- Exhibit C: a second-hand desktop computer obtained by a learner – free, with fresh installation of Windows 10 Pro and Microsoft Office (both actually required) for less than £50 (a small fraction of the normal price).
How to sign up
- The workshop will be in the Whitmore CC Meeting Room. The maximum number of people we can fit in is 12.
- Therefore signing-up in advance is essential.
- You can sign up by sending an email to email@example.com – and waiting for the confirmation reply.
- Friday 1 July, 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
- NB: this is a one-off popup – it won’t be every Friday afternoon.
- Whitmore Community Centre, 2-4 Phillip St, N1 5NU.
- The building is close to the Kingsland Road end of Phillipp Street.
- Google map shortcut – Whitmore Community Centre
- Bus: 149, 242, 243, 394
- Rail: Haggerston
By the way
- We will have access to the Whitmore CC kitchen.
- Popup Fridays are not managed by MRS – Independent Living.
Popup Tuesday afternoons
Occasional activities in various places
Your first look at the new community sound studio –
Arbeit Studios, Tuesday 28 June, 2:30 to 4 pm (done)
A popup workshop for adventurous older people
Arbeit Studios have built and equipped a community digital sound studio for podcasts, radio and live-streaming. The photo above shows what it looks like. They have invited us (that includes you) to be the first users. We will start next Tuesday afternoon with an experimental live micro-workshop, with the possibility of regular events if it works out.
What could you do or learn as a beginner?
- How to record voices.
- How to make a podcast.
- How to make a very simple live radio show.
- How to livestream audio, with or without video.
- You might be just interested in what the equipment is for.
What skills do you need?
- Digital skills: none if you are a good talker instead.
- Good listener: essential
How to sign up
- Although there is plenty of space in the café and garden, space in the sound studio is limited. People who tell us they are coming (by email to popup@50pd uk ) will naturally have priority.
- Tuesday 28 June, 2:30 to 4 pm (done)
- NB: this is a one-off popup – it won’t be every Tuesday afternoon.
- Arbeit Studios, Trowbridge Gardens, E9 5LD (web: trowbridgegardens.com )
- The sound studio is actually inside Thingy Café (entrance Chapman Rd)
- Google map shortcut – Thingy Café
- Bus: 26, 30, 276, 339, 388, 488
- Rail: Hackney Wick
Still not sure?
- Phone us on 07423 162019
By the way
- Popup Tuesdays are not managed by MRS – Independent Living.