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”

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.

How I became one of the Fifty-Plus group 2019 to date part 2



Shortly after Whitmore was closed in 2020, we went to various places, such as Secret Garden, Curve Garden and another Garden at Navarino Street. We learnt lots of things in those places. Read more “How I became one of the Fifty-Plus group 2019 to date part 2”

Fanny’s laptop


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”

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”