The second techy tea pop-up party was held on Friday 6th November in Conrad Court, a home for elderly people near Surrey Quays. The students were all residents in the home, and therefore, being less mobile than some of our other students, had less use for the kinds of skills we teach in our courses, and also a more limited capacity to develop them. Thus the form of the course was more like a diversion from the monotony of life in a home than a practical, results focussed session. The staff were very helpful and supportive, however, and I had a very enjoyable time with the students, and now know how to play Candy Crush. I used my tablet as a mobile hotspot once again, and this time it was sufficient in itself, so we didn't use the Mifis in the end.
The techy teas are run by Rosa Parker from Community Connections. CatBytes assisted with volunteering and provided the internet connection. This was acheived using a combination of Mifis purchased using the funding provided for the event, and also the huge data allowance that comes with my tablet. In the end the tether I provided through this was sufficient for the most of the attendees at the event. Bego stands for "Bellingham Golden Oldies". And the event followed their step aerobics class in Bellingham Leisure centre. We were hugely helped by a group of students from Sedgehill School who came down to buddy the elderly students.
I met up with Jane Martin and Sarah Eaglestone at the office of St Hilda's to train them how to add content to the site. Sarah is the new Community Development officer for the Crofton Park area. She seemed keen on the site. It's a bit of a relief someone seems to be ok with it after the Neighbourhood forum got a bit sniffy.
On my way back from a meeting at the Catford Constitutional, I was walking to the late night Turkish Supermarket opposite Enish Nigerian Restaurant at about midnight, when three boys set on me, trying to get my bag. Luckily, the police happened to drive past just as the struggle for my bag was underway. The boys ran off, after which I realised I had been stabbed in the lower back, or upper back side. I made the mistake of telling a couple of people and one of the policemen insisted in cutting most of my clothes off to check for other wounds. Buses were still passing and teenagers were taking photos of me. The police caught the boys, and I was taken to Kings in Denmark Hill. The stabbing was not very serious. I could have walked home. You could see the disappointment on the faces of the medical staff when they crowded round, having been told about a stabbing, and saw the pathetic trickle of blood from my lower back.
Here is a News Shopper article about the event, I can't believe such a massive knife caused such a small wound. I don't think they were much good at stabbing, but they're in big trouble all the same.