Free computer training, free access to the Internet, and free support
for senior citizens in Hackney

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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.

Last year (2013), 302 older learners made 3092 visits to our computer centre. That is very good progress, but we are aiming even higher this year – please help us!

  • Our address is 52 The Lawns, Matthias Road, London, N16 8QD.
  • Our phone number is 020 7254 2183.
  • There is a map in our Contact us section.

What’s on / our program


  • Drop-in.
    For staffing reasons, Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning drop-in sessions have been temporarily suspended.
    Please read the section on this page: Drop-in days & times.
  • Courses run by the Hackney Learning Trust.
    The current course is full.
  • Internet for Senior Citizens.
    A series of beginner classes and workshops, mainly for people who cannot do the Hackney Learning Trust course. Open to anybody aged 50 or over, but currently full.
  • 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.

Computer centre program.

Monday – usually closed all day.

Tuesday morning – always closed for maintenance.

Tuesday afternoon – no drop in at the moment.

Wednesday morning (10 am to 1 pm).

Wednesday afternoon (2:30 to 5 pm).

Thursday morning – no drop in at the moment.

Thursday afternoon (1 to 4 pm).

Friday morning (10 am to 1 pm).

  • ‘Internet for Senior Citizens (all older people).
    A series of beginner classes and workshops – currently full, email for more information.
  • ‘Hackney Mobile Seniors’
    Help, advice and support for people using mobile gadgets
    (more information about Hackney Mobile Seniors).

Friday afternoon (2 to 5 pm).

Agewell Social Network.

Agewell in Hackney organises special activities for Hackney residents in the pre-retirement age range 50 to 64.

Briefly – Wednesday afternoons are for job seekers, and Friday afternoons are for all Hackney residents aged 50 to 64 (including their carers, partners and best friends).

For more information about Agewell Social Network, please visit the ASN program page.

Drop in

Drop-in days & times.

For staffing reasons, Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning drop-in sessions have been temporarily suspended. Unfortunately, that means we have no open drop-in to offer you.

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, 3G or 4G.

Bring your problem (literally) to our computer centre, and the Hackney Mobile Seniors team will do their best to solve it.

When and where.

  • Friday mornings, 10 am to 12.
  • The front drop-in area of our computer centre: 52 The Lawns, Matthias Rd, N16 8QD.

Hackney Stream Internet Carnival

A message from Hackney Stream …

Starting Tuesday 23 September (2:45 to 5:15 pm).

Hackney Stream Internet Carnival is the next phase of Hackney Stream at Open School East – expanding from a monthly Internet Dance Party to a regular event every Tuesday afternoon.

Note the new starting time – 2:45 pm.

Planned for Tuesday afternoons

  • Plan and organise the monthly Internet Dance Party (we have already had some really good suggestions).
  • Tablet training and workshops (for people who don’t have a tablet as well as those who do).
  • Hackney Mobile Seniors Clinic (led by Derek).
  • Make Internet radio (always popular).
  • Learn how to be creative with a tablet, laptop or smartphone, eg- photographs, audio, video, writing.
  • Another film project with Stoke Newington School.

There will be refreshments! Everybody is welcome!

How to get to Open School East.

  • Address: Old Rose Lipman Library, 43 De Beauvoir Rd, N1 5SQ.
    OSE is on the De Beauvoir Estate – in the old Rose Lipman Library – on the corner of De Beauvoir Road and Downham Road. The nearest train station is Haggerston (Google map).
  • It’s a short walk from Kingsland Road. If you know where the Fire Station is, you know where Downham Road is.
  • Our group meets in the Tin Tin Room, on the first floor (there is a lift for people who don’t like stairs).


Our digital video at Stoke Newington School.

Age UK Love Later Life (TV ad).

Community Apprentice London: The Big Conversation.

Hackney Homes Winter Warmer, 2013.

Parallel Radio – the trailer.

A Skype short story.

Jeremy Vine’s advice for staying safe online.

How to create a strong password.

How to choose strong passwords.

Felicia’s story.

About us

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.

Our privacy policy.

We do not collect personal information, or information about your browsing history on this website.

Contact us

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:   .

We are where the red dot is.

Street map showing location of 52 The Lawns.

Street map showing location of 52 The Lawns.