Xmas Lunch Party at Mildmay Community Centre

A sandy beach with blue surf. A group of indistinct people are relaxing around a tall Christmas tree that matches the beach colours. On the top of the tree, a glowing golden star.

Party event of the year

50+ Digital didn’t have time to make photos or video, but we have space in our Memory Bank for this.

It was a lot of hard work for Mildmay Community Centre staff and volunteers. They decorated the main hall, filled it with older people, served them an amazing (and free) Christmas lunch prepared by a professional chef, with a surprising abundance of booze for those who were in the mood – and gave them all a present. Read more “Xmas Lunch Party at Mildmay Community Centre”

Christmas in Connecticut Rio monthly film for the elderly

Food writer for a monthly magazine that describes an ideal way of life in the home represents herself as a hard working farm woman, taking care of her children and describing the wonderful meals she cooks. This is all in her imagination as she cant cook and lives in a flat in New York. Read more “Christmas in Connecticut Rio monthly film for the elderly”

Stuart Low Trust celebrates twenty years

The Stuart Low Trust held a celebratory evening in recognition of its twenty years of existence. It is a community charity based in Islington founded in 1999 by local residents in memory of Stuart Low, a young man with schizophrenia who took his own life in 1997 after failing to find the help he needed. Read more “Stuart Low Trust celebrates twenty years”

Stones in his pockets at the Tower Theatre

This play was shown last week at the Tower Theatre in Stoke Newington. It is funny and entertaining It is about a small rural town in Ireland where a Hollywood play is being filmed. After a tragic accident concerning a local teenager, two men who are being employed as extras for the filming decide to make a film that gives an account of all these events in which they star, along with other local residents who have come together as extras for the Hollywood film.

Volunteer team from Jump Trading


The 6 December Digital Drop-in was transformed by a volunteer team from Jump Trading – all of them brilliant young software engineers working at the cutting edge of digital tech.

Attendance was one of the best this year. It felt like the best drop-in achievement because the Jump Trading team worked with our regular experienced team to help and inspire so many older people with longstanding aspirations as well as difficulties. Read more “Volunteer team from Jump Trading”

Music with Emma Scarr at the Stuart Low Trust

Last Friday  I went to an evening of entertainment provided by songwriter and and poet, Emma Scarr at the Stuart Low Trust. She is a music teacher who lives locally and sings folksongs, many of which have been influenced by her life and the livelihood which she has earned in Islington. Read more “Music with Emma Scarr at the Stuart Low Trust”

Community Research Project

This is a very professional research project that we have been invited to join as specialists in helping older people understand, us, or cope with digital technology – as we get older, not just right now.

In their own words …

We are committed to helping to improve things for older people, and give them a chance to contribute and have an impact.

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Music streaming for beginners

Feedback from our workshop using the Mildmay Community Centre dropdown screen, our projector, the portable bluetooth speaker, the Spotify app on a laptop and free-version Spotify on our training smartphones. Also - links to the workshop playlists and other information.

After the workshop we found video and photos from a Music Stories workshop in March 2013 (the video is in this blog post). We still have the 50+ Digital playlist created at that time - it now has more than 400 eclectic tracks and plays for more than 28 hours. Read more “Music streaming for beginners”

Maggi Hambling memorial to Mary Wollstonecraft

I have done a post on this although I probably shouldn’t have used this photo because I think it is taken from a newspaper. I probably have nothing to add to what is said on the project on the Maggi Hambling website and the press reportage following the unveiling on 10 November 2020. Read more “Maggi Hambling memorial to Mary Wollstonecraft”