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”

R.I.P Gifty Naa Dk – musician, performer, fire-eater, hair stylist, street food artist

Head and shoulders portrait of Gifty

Gifty passed 16 February 2023

Two Gifty podcast episodes on Radio Together

Gifty’s post-pandemic message

Mama Gifty’s Kitchen: Real Food, Cooked with Love

Gifty Naa Dk in her street kitchen. Background slogan - Real Food, Cooked with Love.
Gifty Naa Dk serving food in her street kitchen. Background slogan - Real Food, Cooked with Love.

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Gifty Naa Dk, Sue Jarvis and friends – in St Mary’s Secret Garden – 9 September 2020.

Volunteer team from Methods – 13 July 2022

Volunteer teams from city firms have always – for least 12 years – been the most popular attraction at the digital drop-in. Then the pandemic stopped all CSR events – even before the first lockdown.

So we were delighted to welcome our first team for three years, from Methods — who provided effective 1:1 help for at least 15 older people — and incidentally reduced the pressure on our regular peer support team, so the total number helped was more than 30.

Social media, loneliness, older people

A grey-haired woman sits alone with a phone.

Loneliness, social media and friendship

Some results from the BBC survey –

A year ago, we encouraged everybody to take part in the BBC Loneliness Experiment. The BBC reported back in January, and you can listen to the results as a podcast at …

Read more “Social media, loneliness, older people”

What we did – 8 February 2019

Adam helping Serena with a laptop

Horrible weather outside, but it’s always sunny inside Whitmore Community Centre on Friday afternoon — so we were full. Special thanks for a great afternoon — to volunteers Paul, Chris, Adam and Ashraf from  Financial Conduct Authority via Benefacto – plus regular volunteers Gene, Margaret, Stephen and Tom. Read more “What we did – 8 February 2019”

Irene and Patricia nominated for top 100 Hackney women

Reported in Hackney Today 28 January 2019 — Over 100 Hackney women were nominated for making a difference to the borough — two of the front-runners are drop-in stalwarts Irene Lewington and Patricia Sim, who both make a massive difference to our Friday afternoons. Read more “Irene and Patricia nominated for top 100 Hackney women”