ESOL tutor meet-up

Community Connections is putting on a meet-up is for people tutoring ESOL or people involved in running ESOL groups or projects in Lewisham. There is so much knowledge across the borough, so this meet-up is a chance to share what’s working as well as an opportunity to talk through some issues or difficulties you might be experiencing with your group.

We will also be using this event to build comprehensive information on ESOL provision in the borough to share with students or prospective students – please come put your group on the map! There will be the opportunity to learn about other resources in the borough that might be particularly useful to your students, like mental health support services, help accessing primary care, places to get benefits advice, and links to further learning.

In addition, it’s a good chance to meet other like-minded people who are working to help support the community, and we have a small token of our appreciation to thank you for all of your work!

For more information, please see our eventbrite listing: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/esol-tutor-meet-up-tickets-31411944973

 

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“Even though my daughter put me on facebook and twitter, I didn’t know much”

Joyce had a stroke several years ago and has written a book about how it has changed her life and what helped her regain her health. She is keen to get online and promote her book online, but she had some questions about how social media could help her.

With a techy helper, Joyce learned more about facebook and twitter. She learned the difference between your twitter followers and the people you follow on twitter, and she learned more about facebook: what is a timeline, what is someone’s wall, and how to use ‘likes’ and ‘emojis’ in addition to comments. Joyce also learned how to upload photos and videos into facebook and twitter posts.

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At the Techy Tea Party, Joyce commented on a friend’s photo on facebook, and she wished her brother happy birthday on his wall. Joyce said, “It’s exciting to be on facebook”. Joyce says she aims to keep going with facebook and that it was good to learn that you can use facebook for your business. She was keen to look at how various charities use social media, such as the Stroke Association and Community Connections, and she says, “If I need to learn the business aspect of facebook I will – It’s worldwide!” Joyce’s longterm aim is to use social media to promote worldwide awareness of strokes.

Techy Tea Parties going strong

conrad-court-2Community Connections continues to help coordinate pop-up Techy Tea Parties across the borough as part of the Go On Lewisham initiative. Techy Tea Parties connect older people with volunteers in a fun atmosphere to help answer questions about the digital technology that older people have in their homes. Participants bring mobile phones and tablets, and volunteers offer teas and coffees, cakes and solutions to the participants’ IT problems.

These photos show a Techy Tea Party held at Conrad Court in north Deptford, which had a wonderful turnout of people who live at Conrad Court, local residents in the surrounding area, volunteers from the Pepys Resource Centre and My Complete Focus, and even a mini-Councillor surgery with Councillor David Michael! Topics that participants sought help with included: what can the internet be used for, youtube videos, online shopping, and how to connect to wifi.

For more information including where to find the next Techy Tea Party, please contact the Community Connections team on communityconnections@ageuklands.org.uk or phone 020 8314 3244. conrad-court-big-table

Volunteering with Community Connections

I’ve been volunteering with Community Connections for half a year now. I’m enjoying it, because it breaks up my week and gets me away from my desk job. It feels good to give a little bit of my time and attention to somebody who really appreciates it – it may be a small thing, but it can make a big difference.

I enjoy meeting people, and through volunteering I have got to know some lovely and inspiring people I would otherwise not have met. I love a good conversation, and I’ve had so many interesting and entertaining conversations with the people I met.

I’m used to working in a target-driven job. It feels good to balance that and support someone, just being there for them, from one person to another.

The Community Connections team look after us volunteers and are there to guide and advise, which is really helpful.

Tino Kulnik

Community Connector

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Safeguarding adults from abuse and neglect

What is abuse?

Abuse is when someone does or says things to you that make you feel upset or frightened. You may be too scared to tell anyone or stop them. You may be abused on purpose or someone may not realise that they are abusing you or upsetting you.

What are the different types of abuse?

There are many different types of abuse but the most common ones are: physical, psychological, sexual, financial, domestic abuse and neglect or acts of omission.

Whose fault is it?

It is not your fault if someone abuses you. What they are doing to you is wrong.

What do I do if I experience, witness, or suspect harm?

If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call the police on 999. To help someone who you believe is being harmed please call the Lewisham Social Care Advice & Information Team (SCAIT) 020 8314 7777.

I am an adult at risk, how do I keep safe?

You have the right to live free from abuse and neglect. If you are in immediate danger, call the police or SCAIT team. Alternatively, you can speak to your doctor, social worker, health worker, carer, family or friends who can raise a safeguarding concern on your behalf.

What happens then?

Trained staff will contact the person being abused. They will work together with the adult at risk carefully and sensitively to find out what they would like to happen, understand the different risks they are facing and agree how to deal with the situation. The adult at risk will be fully involved in the process wherever possible

 

We hope this provides you with an understanding of Adult Safeguarding, what you should be aware of, and how to seek help.

 

If you require any more information about Adult Safeguarding or wish to raise a concern about an adult at risk, please contact the Social Care Advice & Information Team (SCAIT) on: 0208 314 7777.

Pop Up Techy Tea parties

Community Connections, Age UK Lewisham & Southwark is running some Pop Up Techy Tea Parties this year as part of Go On Lewisham. Last week we had a brilliant party at Seniors with lots of attendees and techy support from the police commander, officers and some Lewisham councillors!

These parties have been possible with help from My Complete Focus, Catbytes, Seniors and all our partners.