Goldsmith's University Volunteering fair 2017

Damian talking to Goldsmiths students

Our second year at the Goldsmiths volunteering fair was quite like the first. There didn't seem to be quite as many students taking an interest, though. I'm learning how to tailor my pitch to the subject the student is studying. Sociologists are sometimes interested in relating the PhD to their dissertation. Techy people are interested in work opportunities. Sometimes the drama students are interested in hearing people's stories so they can turn them into something. There are lots of angles.

By Damian Griffiths at 17 Oct 2017

Introducing the Lewisham Wellbeing Map

undefinedThe Lewisham Wellbeing map (LWM) is an intiative by Tim Bradley OBE.  This is how he describes it : 

"The Lewisham Wellbeing Map is a free portable smartphone/computer map showing places in the Borough of Lewisham which aid the health and wellbeing of people there. The current version is a multi-layered map which can be copied to anyone’s Google Maps screen. The ten layers, each of which can be switched on and off, include different types of provision such as Doctors, Pharmacies, Community/Voluntary sector, Better Living (eg. Diet, Anti-Smoking) and Outdoor & Mobility.

So far, there are about 350 places marked - we plan to increase this further with continued intensive gathering during the rest of 2017. In 2018, provided the system is useful and robust enough, we would have a focussed period of distributing it ‘organically’. This would be both to the public and health & care workers - especially ‘health navigators’ - aiming to achieve critical mass in Lewisham.

undefinedLWM will benefit the Lewisham community by providing a free, portable and intuitive way to see what can help their health and wellbeing locally. Also, those providing care, health and advice services (including for less IT-capable and/or more vulnerable people) will be able to steer the community to more local and effective provision. This is particularly useful for what is known as social prescribing. The map can more generally guide people how to make their daily routines healthier.

The real challenge will be to ensure LWM is sustainable and stays relevant by refreshing the information. We hope to do this with a network of volunteers across the borough with practical (esp. tech) skills, local knowledge and/or wellbeing expertise. Such volunteers would also help providers, particularly Community/ Voluntary ones, hone their Google Maps shop-window so they are more effective."

Tim came to our Tuesday Techy Tea club this week to show some of our volunteers (and students) the new map. He would like to meet anyone who would like to contribute to this project. If you are interested, you can come to Ewart Community Hall on Thursday 9th November where he will explain how it works and gain access to edit the map.

By Damian Griffiths at 4 Oct 2017

The 3d Printer has arrived


By Damian Griffiths at 25 Jan 2016

CatBytes is a CIC


By Damian Griffiths at 13 Jan 2016


The Hackcess Hackathon, described here:

Was a brilliant and inspiring event held at Goldsmiths College in New Cross. 3d printing enthusiasts and designers met with people with disabilities to devise solutions for problems they face on the spot duing a competitive 2 day hackathon. This is a excellent use of 3d printing, as it makes use of the ability of this technology to acheive rapid prototyping, with the use of CAD type software, like autodesk. I went on the Sunday, and the event was not particularly well attended by the general public by this time. This enabled me to get an excellent demo of an Ultimaker 2 3d printer. I was very surprised to discover how cheap these are. About £1500. I may be joining this bandwagon

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By Damian Griffiths at 24 Nov 2015