Learning Together – Smartphones

A beginner-friendly introduction to using a smartphone

4 Monday afternoons — 9, 16, 23 & 30 January, 2 to 4 pm — at Mildmay Community Centre.

What would you like to do or learn?

Think of this as a consultation exercise

There are many ways for you to tell us what you want. Would you like to try our online consultation form? It’s very easy — but if you have never done one before, please come to the next Wednesday afternoon drop-in and get some help.

Here is the link to the form — tap or click on it » Course Consultation «

Online safety first …

For your personal security – you will not use your own device, your own email address or your own phone number as part of the course.

Everyone will use our safety-first smartphones – set up for older people who don’t have a lot of internet experience – so we can all focus together on what is really important.


When and where

  • 4 Monday afternoons – 9, 16, 23 & 30 January, 2 to 4 pm.
  • Mildmay Community Centre, N6 8NA

Who is this for?

  • If you are an occasional internet user – wanting to learn more – but perhaps not totally confident about what you are doing – this is for you!
  • But probably not if you need 1:1 help.
  • If you are uncertain, or have a question – please email to learning@50pd.uk

Advance sign up will be essential

  • We are not ready yet to accept sign-ups. We have to finish our consultation exercise first.
  • This will be a sign-up first event, not a drop-in. That means we must know who you are before you come — and we must be able to contact you with further information before and during the course.
  • We have training smartphones for maximum 12 people.

See also page: Learning – courses and workshops

How to be safe on the internet

Learn to use the Internet safely and sensibly

Enjoy all the advantages of being online – avoid the risks

A beginner-friendly course at Whitmore Community Centre — Friday afternoons in December

NB: The course list is now full – we have reached our maximum 12 learners

You are an internet citizen now, so wouldn’t it be nice to spend your online time in those parts of the internet where there are no risks, no exploitation, no deceit?

It’s easily done, because that is still most of the internet. It’s still about contact and communication with friends, family and people you could never have met in any other way — inhabited by optimists who are expanding their horizons and learning more about the real world that they return to safely when they switch off their device.

Join our course, and use our safe smartphones to explore and understand how the internet works – for you.

Online safety first

This is about your safety concerns, not about devices. For your personal security – you will not use your own device, your own email address or your own phone number as part of the course.

Everyone will use our safety-first smartphones – set up for older people who don’t have a lot of internet experience – so we can all focus together on what is really important.

You are welcome to bring your own device if you want to – but we cannot offer 1:1 help with it. That’s because we don’t have time to help individuals when there are 11 other people on the course. This approach always works best for everybody.


When and where

  • 4 Friday afternoons – 2, 9, 16 and 23 December, 2 to 4 pm.
  • Whitmore Community Centre, N1 5NU (location info below).

Who is this for?

  • If you are an occasional internet user – wanting to learn more – but perhaps not totally confident about your security and privacy while online – this is for you!
  • But not if you need 1:1 help.
  • If you are uncertain, or have a question – please email to learning@50pd.uk

Advance sign up is essential

NB: The course list is now full – we have reached our maximum 12 learners

  • This is a sign-up first event, not a drop-in. That means we must know who you are before you come — and we must be able to contact you with further information before and during the course.
  • We have space for maximum 12 people.
  • You can sign up in person at Mildmay Community Centre on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Or send an email to learning@50pd.uk or a text message to 07423 162019 — then wait for a reply that confirms your attendance.

Where is Whitmore Community Centre?


See also page: Learning – courses and workshops

How to be Smart with a Phone

Everything you always wanted to do with a smartphone

A beginner-friendly course at Whitmore Community Centre, Friday afternoons in November 2022

NB: this course has finished.

Plus quite a lot you didn’t know you could do

Think of this as a general-purpose smartphone course where we tackle the needs and interests of everyone in the group — and introduce creative new ideas for you to do or think about.

On your phone learning menu — choose from

  • Privacy and security (because so many people have justified concerns)
  • Music and radio
  • Maps and travel
  • YouTube and other video (including making it)
  • World-Wide Web
  • Photos
  • Podcasts and other audio (including making it)
  • Health and fitness
  • BBC
  • Languages
  • Plants, trees & bird identification
  • Reporting problems to your local authority
  • Documents, slides and spreadsheets (including making them)
  • WhatsApp
  • Your suggestions …

See also page: Learning – courses and workshops

Learning

Courses and workshops – groupwork for older people

Updated 25 November 2022

Our learning sessions are for small groups of older people, focussing together on one topic that is important to them. Courses are usually weekly events during a single month. Workshops are one-off events.

We think Groupwork is a better way to describe what we do — it differentiates us from the common Adult Education model, in which everything is predictable and pre-plannned, with an abrupt ending for learners. Our Groupwork is co-designed, co-produced and delivered entirely by older people — and can be followed up at our weekly Digital Drop-in.


December 2022

Whitmore Community Centre

January 2023

Mildmay Community Centre (Monday afternoons)

Completed