NB (4 November 2020) — we have suspended the 50+ drop-in program at the Curve Garden. This is temporary, until the end of lockdown 2.
We now have a regular weekly meeting every Tuesday in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. This is for all older people — especially those of us who cannot stand the loss of social contact since March this year.
There is an overwhelming need for older people to get out of their homes and share their experiences with others. In the Curve Garden, we can feel safe because we are meticulous about social distancing, and we are the only people there.
That social need is greater than the demand for digital help. However. we are actively working on ways to restore at least some of our previously unbroken support for older people who have problems with their digital gadgets, or questions about using the Internet.
NB (14 October 2020) — we are changing the way we do things in the Secret Garden — partly in response to the onset of wet weather, and partly in response to the increasing COVID incidence rate locally. Temporarily, we are not in the Secret Garden on Wednesday afternoons.
The long-running sporadic podcast from St Mary’s Secret Garden has made way for this new social event that can involve far more people.
There is an overwhelming need for older people to get out of their flats, feel safe, and share the experience with others. That need is greater than the demand for digital support, but we do offer basic digital help when possible.
When and where
Every Wednesday afternoon, from 2 pm until 3:30 pm.
St Mary’s Secret Garden — on the corner of Pearson St and Appleby Rd, E2 8EL
Friday HelpSpace ended 2 October. The day and time clashed with other activities. We will resume soon, probably on Thursdays.
If you are new to this, perhaps uncertain about how anything works, but you have an Internet connection and you are reading this — you are probably a relative beginner, and our Friday HelpSpace is for you.
HelpSpace is our online meeting room that we set up mainly to provide help for people who have a problem they are able to describe. It’s open most of the time.
The regular Friday session is an experimental drop-in event for up to five people who would like to talk to an authorised helper (or to each other) without the rigmarole of making an appointment.
The web page link below explains what happens if anyone who has been part of an outdoors group tests positive for COVID-19. Every member of that group must self-isolate for 14 days to prevent transmission of the infection.
The world of benefits can be a confusing place. If you’ve got questions about Government social support and what you might be entitled to, join a chat session with MRS-Independent Living Advice and Community Worker, Terry Bednall.
Terry has told us …
“This session will be the first of three on Welfare Benefits.
This week, we will focus on post-retirement benefits. I will introduce the series, and then the topics will be pension credit and attendance allowance, each followed by questions and experience sharing.
I may offer my phone number so people can call me for a one-to-one follow up.”