“I don’t want to lose that fellowship”


The Sharp End was an immensely successful health and wellbeing project for older people. It closed in 2023, leaving a massive hole in the lives of hundreds of users who depended on it.

You can listen to some of them, talking on their own blog, about their personal feelings of loss – and the campaign to restore the activities, ethos and fellowship that are so important to them. Read more ““I don’t want to lose that fellowship””

NHS CSR volunteers at the Digital Drop-in

Zhané, Hardeep and Charlie - head and shoulders view against a plain white wall.

CSR = Corporate Social Responsibility – a formal name for the kind of volunteering that was a frequent feature of the 50+ Digital project before the COVID pandemic wrecked everything.

For the previous 10 years we had been hosting a stream of enthusiastic volunteers from city firms – mostly young, always very clever – sometimes individually, sometimes in small teams – and remarkably effective. Read more “NHS CSR volunteers at the Digital Drop-in”

Social tariffs

A frequent learner-visitor to 50+ Digital has a para-digital problem. Her mother needs a lot of practical support. Our learner spends at least one day each week with her. She is very busy with work and education, so she takes a laptop with her – but it doesn’t work out, because her mother does not have an internet connection and lives in a mobile service deadspot. Read more “Social tariffs”

Educational Technology at Learning Together

Two large screens mounted on wheeled stands, showing similar illustrations in landscape and portrait modes. The illustrations both have superimposed handwritten text and lines.

The next phase of Friday afternoon Learning Together will be about how we could use educational technology at Mildmay Community Centre.

What does that mean? Here’s an instant definition from Wikipedia

Educational technology (commonly abbreviated as edutech, or edtech) is the combined use of computer hardware, software, and educational theory and practice to facilitate learning.

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Friday afternoon ‘Learn My Way’ group wraps up

The final session of the Friday afternoon ‘Learn My Way’ group, featuring most of the learners who were present.

The afternoon didn’t work out as we had planned (explained on Learn My Way No Entry) — but we found other things to do, and everyone went home feeling happy that they had contributed to the project objectives. Read more “Friday afternoon ‘Learn My Way’ group wraps up”

Mercy’s laptop

Mercy is an astute and diligent learner. Two afternoons each week is not enough for her – so we gave her a National Device Bank laptop – provided by Good Things Foundation as part of a capability grant. It’s an ex-business laptop, professionally refurbished – and exactly what Mercy needs to practice at home – Learn My Way and everything else on the World Wide Web.