Free computer training, free access to the Internet, and free support for senior citizens in Hackney.
We are Hackney Silver Surfers and 52 The Lawns is our main centre. We provide free computer training and free Internet access to everybody over 50 in Hackney. Everything we do is free, informal and very friendly. All you have to do is come along and ring the door bell.
- Our address is 52 The Lawns, Matthias Road, London, N16 8QD.
- Our phone number is 020 7254 2183.
What’s on in December?
- Courses funded by the Hackney Learning Trust.
Starting 8 January: Staying Safe using the Internet.
- Internet for Senior Citizens.
New and returning learners may join our volunteer-led Internet for Senior Citizens on Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings.
Please read the section on this page: Drop-in days & times.
- Agewell Social Network.
The Agewell Social Network also meets at The Lawns. It is a separately-funded project for Hackney residents aged 50 to 64. Please visit the About Agewell Social Network page for more information.
Parallel Radio – the broadcast and the party
Resonance FM (104.4) and resonancefm.com
- Friday 20 December (8 to 9 pm).
- Repeat: Monday 23 December (9 to 10 am).
Think of this as an invitation …
Friday 20 December (6:30 to 10:30 pm),
at Open School East, Rose Lipman Building,
43 De Beauvoir Road, N1 5SQ
(a good time to arrive would be about 7:45 pm).
If you would like more detail, please send an email to email@example.com
Computer centre upgrade
The computer centre is under construction!
We have closed for the end-of-year break a little earlier then usual – and we will be open in January a little later than usual. That’s because we are replacing our ten-year old network, and all of the computers in the main teaching area.
You should notice a definite improvement when you come back.
The program for our first week in January 2014.
‘Internet for Senior Citizens’ (everybody / anybody).
- Tuesday afternoon, 7 January (2 to 5 pm).
- Tuesday afternoons will be just the same as they have been.
‘Staying Safe using the Internet’ (first meeting of new course – enrolled people only).
- Wednesday morning, 8 January (10 am to 1 pm).
- This is a six-week course funded by the Hackney Learning Trust
(more information about the course).
‘Agewell Jobseekers’ (for Hackney residents aged 50 to 64, still in the job market).
- Wednesday afternoon, 8 January (2:30 to 5 pm).
- This is a new Agewell project – it really is for jobseekers only – not a social drop-in
(more information about the project).
‘Internet for Senior Citizens’ (everybody / anybody).
- Thursday morning, 9 January (10 am to 1 pm).
- Thursday mornings will be just the same as they have been.
‘Agewell Social Network’ (Hackney residents aged 50 to 64).
- Friday afternoon, 10 January (2 to 5 pm).
- Friday afternoons will not be quite the same.
There will be more emphasis on health and well-being of people in the pre-retirement age range.
Staying Safe using the Internet
Free for Hackney residents aged 50+.
A short course (funded by the Hackney Learning Trust) about Internet security and privacy.
“Suitable for those who want to brush up on their Internet skills and ensure safe use of the Internet. Learn about viruses and how to avoid them, how to set up a social network account such as Facebook and setup privacy options. Feel confident about form filling and purchasing safely online. Understand what scams and phishing are about.”
- Spread over six weeks – every Wednesday (10 am to 1 pm).
- Starts: Wednesday 8 January.
- Ends: Wednesday 12 February.
- Commitment: you should be able to attend all 6 sessions.
- Venue: Age UK Hackney computer centre, 52 The Lawns, Matthias Rd, N16 8QD (close to 236 bus stops).
How to get on the course.
We still have a few places to fill.
If you are a Hackney resident aged 50 or over, please apply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Internet for Senior Citizens
Thursday mornings (10 am to 12:15 pm) at the computer centre.
- We focus on helping new learners get through the online Learn My Way courses – including the ‘Online Basics’ and ‘Online Plus’ certificates, and new two online courses about health and personal finance. These courses are suitable for beginners, including absolute beginners.
- On Thursday mornings, the drop-in area is reserved for Hackney Mobile Seniors – helping people who have problems with, or questions about, mobile computing – which includes laptops, smartphones, iPads, tablets, Kindles, and anything else which is portable and works with wifi or 3G.
There are no formalities. Anyone can just turn up at 10 am on Thursday. For more information, phone 020 7254 2183 (ask for, or leave a message for, Rick), or send an email to email@example.com
Drop-in days & times
No more drop-in until January 2014.
Hackney Mobile Seniors
Have you got a mobile gadget you don’t quite understand?
The Hackney Mobile Seniors team helps people who have problems with, or questions about, mobile computing – which includes laptops, smartphones, iPads, tablets, Kindles, and anything else which is portable and works with wifi or 3G.
Bring your problem (literally) to our computer centre, and the Hackney Mobile Seniors team will do their best to solve it.
When and where.
- Thursday mornings, 10 am to 12.
- The front drop-in area of our computer centre: 52 The Lawns, Matthias Rd, N16 8QD.
News and info
Age UK East London launches a website.
Our parent organisation (now Age UK East London) has its own website at last. Do you like it?
- Here is the link – ageuk.org.uk/eastlondon
- Age UK East London on Twitter
Please follow if you have a Twitter profile too.
- Age UK East London Facebook page
Please click on the ‘Like’ button if you are on Facebook too.
New form filling service for ESA and DLA.
A message from Hackney Law Centre …
Hackney Law Centre are delighted to announce that, with the help of students and pro bono staff from BPP Law School, we have now launched a new service to help people fill out their Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) forms.
ESA and DLA application forms can prove very difficult to fill out correctly. We want to make sure that any resident in Hackney who is entitled to receive ESA or DLA doesn’t miss out by not completing the form properly.
To access the service, people who live or work in Hackney must call 020 7633 4531 and leave their name and contact telephone number.
A law student from BPP will then call back during office hours to gather more detailed information about their query. If suitable, an appointment may be made for the person seeking help with a HCLC supervised BPP law student volunteering on a Tuesday afternoon. All appointments will be at Dalston CLR James Library.
Benefits update – a free guide..
Rethink ( rethink.org ) have produced a downloadable 20-page guide to the new benefits system. Here is what they say about it …
“Everything from the bedroom tax to the end of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), crisis loans to Universal Credit seems to be happening in April. As a result, many people on benefits are fearful. Journalists aren’t reporting all the facts. And the public is completely confused about whether these changes are good or bad.
If you need to understand what is happening, either to your benefits or for someone you care about, download our free new benefits pack.
It covers all the changes announced in full so far. And it is in Plain English so that you don’t have to be a lawyer or a benefits expert to get the information you need.”
There are four main sections …
- Changes to Housing Benefit – ‘the bedroom tax’.
- Council Tax Benefit changes.
- Changes to the Social Fund.
- Changes to Disability Living Allowance.
You can download it yourself from the Rethink page named ‘Help to get through benefits changes’ – or, if you need help, you can download it at our computer centre.
We will have some example copies for you to read through at the ‘Understanding Benefits online event’ on Wednesday 24 April.
Computer help for disabled people.
- “AbilityNet exists to change lives of disabled people, to help them achieve everything they can at work, at home or in education. We have a number of high quality specialist services for businesses and others who can pay for our expertise. We also provide a range of free services for people who cannot afford to pay.”
- URL: abilitynet.org.uk
IT Can Help.
- “IT Can Help is a network of volunteers who are able to offer free local computer assistance to disabled people. We can diagnose and fix most computer related problems; Install and set up hardware, software, internet, email and accessibility settings.”
- URL: itcanhelp.org.uk
- “The Aidis Trust is a charity that provides free, impartial technology advice and support to people with disabilities across the UK. It is our aim to empower people with disabilities, through knowledge of assistive technology, to help them communicate and increase their independence by using technology to help reduce isolation. Our services are offered free of charge to those who receive no statutory support.”
- URL: aidis.org
Who we are.
Hackney Silver Surfers is an AgeUK East London project providing free computer training and free Internet access to everybody over 50 in Hackney.
We are a centre of expertise in understanding the impact on older people of rapidly developing new technology, and how older people can learn to use it to their advantage.
Our staff and volunteers are familiar with the whole range of new technology, and are skilled at communicating it to older people to enable them to pick the bits which interest them. That is all we do — continuously since 2003.
What we do.
We offer a range of activities to match the needs of all our service users, whatever their age or circumstances (including the most sceptical). Much of the time we are open for ‘drop-in’, which means you can come along and use our computers for any purpose you have in mind, and also for one-to-one learning with our helpful volunteers. That is how most of our beginners become proficient Internet users.
We have a very strong user base — regular contact with hundreds of older people in Hackney. Since we opened in 2003, more than 1500 people have used our services. However, our aim is to reach everybody in Hackney who is 50 or over.
Also at The Lawns computer centre.
Our centre at The Lawns is also used by other AgeUK East London projects which are not part of Hackney Silver Surfers, including the Agewell Social Network for Hackney residents aged 50 to 64.
We do not collect personal information, or information about your browsing history on this website.
How to contact Hackney Silver Surfers at The Lawns.
- Address: 52 The Lawns, Matthias Road, London, N16 8QD.
- Location: The Lawns is a shopping precinct halfway along Matthias Road — on your left if you approach from Newington Green, on your right if coming from Dalston. Look for the shop-front with Age Concern Hackney in the window. The 236 bus (Hackney Wick to Finsbury Park) stops almost outside The Lawns, both directions.
- Maps: Google map / Street map / Google Streetview (it’s the shopfront next to ‘Bets R Us’).
- Phone: 020 7254 2183 .
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .