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.

Fanny’s laptop

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Fanny is an Early Years Teaching Assistant, also working hard as an FE student for qualifications that will improve her job prospects. She needed a laptop for her course.

Fortunately we were able to solve Fanny’s IT difficulty. We set up a National Device Bank laptop – provided by Good Things Foundation as part of a capability grant. Read more “Fanny’s laptop”

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”

Volunteer team from Jump Trading

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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”

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”