Arbeit Podcast Studio

Learn how to be a podcast host with Radio Together

Thursday afternoons in Hackney Wick

You don’t need any technical skills to do this — just the ability to tell a story about your life or ask someone else to tell you a story.

Initially, we will take care of the tech side, but you can learn that as well if you really want to. There are many ways to make your own podcast show, even if all you have is a smartphone.

If you are interested, come over to the regular podcast learning session …

  • Thursday afternoons, 2 to 4 pm.
  • Thingy Café (at Arbeit Studios), 1 Trowbridge Gardens, E9 5LD
  • The entrance is actually in Chapman Rd.
  • Nearest bus stop: 30, 488 (both very close). 276 Berkshire Road stop is also close.
  • Rail: Hackney Wick (7 minutes walk).
  • Google Map –
  • Refreshments for participants when you get there.

If you are uncertain, send an email to

Radio Together website

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Dalston Curve Garden

A group of older people learning how to use smartphones together - on a sunny day in the 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 space where you can escape isolation, make new friends, stay informed and actively involved with your community.

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.

Where is the Curve Garden?

  • Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF — opposite the library.
  • Google map showing location of the Curve Garden.
  • 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.

Curve Garden website

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Wednesday Winter Warmer lunch breaks

Free food at Mildmay Community Centre

Hot soup and stew, 12:30 to 1:30 pm, every Wednesday

This is a perfect fit to our Wednesday afternoon Digital Drop-in, 1 to 4 pm.

The food is served in the café area, next to the kitchen (not in the Main Hall).

Our suggestion – get there early at 12:30 – replenish your vitamins and stamina for the drop-in starting at 1 pm.

The free food is organised by Mildmay Community Centre, not by Fifty-Plus Digital.

R.I.P. Derek Prince

From 2006 until overwhelmed by illness, Derek was the mobile tech guru for older people.

Derek passed away Tuesday 19 July 2022.

Nobody has made a greater contribution to real social and digital inclusion in this area.

Photo: 50+ Digital Drop-in, Open School East (Rose Lipman building) – December 2014.

Note (16 August 2022) from John …

A very quiet man, always ready to help with us with our phones and laptop problems.

I certainly benefited along with a great many others with his help.

Considering the bewildering problems we came up against with our gadgets, it never seemed to faze Derek, and we invariably walked away content with his solutions.

Thank you Derek for being there.

Well remembered.


Also …

Left to right – Stephen, Trevor, Derek (December 2009)
Derek with Posh Club flyer, Open School East (January 2015)
Derek in action at Open School East (December 2014)

What else is on for older people?

A group of older people learning how to use smartphones together - on a sunny day in the Curve Garden.

In our friendly neighbourhood

Updated 10 November 2022

What else should be here?

We are contantly looking for new initiatives to support — free, predictable, open and accessible to older people — on transport routes that pass close to neighbourhoods in Hackney, Islington, and adjacent boroughs.

Please send your suggestions to