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Older people are organising their own groups, courses and trips to enjoy lifelong learning together, explains Connect Hackney volunteer Antonia Folivi. 

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It’s easy being green!

Avril Kennedy from the Connect Hackney Senior Citizens’ Media Group explains how she has gained from Hackney Green Gym.

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Carlton hits 52 not out

I’m Carlton Edwards, I’m 52 years old and recently started a computer course with Connect Hackney. When I first started I had reservations, as I have a full-time job where I work very unsociable hours and I was wondering if this was something that I could commit to.

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Becoming a musician: George's story

Being a musician has been a great part of my life for over 70 years. It all started when I was 10 years old and was selected during a school music lesson to become a member of the newly formed school band. 

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The invisible pain: Faith Thorpe talks about depression

Faith Thorpe, from the Senior Citizens’ Media Group, follows the example of boxer Frank Bruno and opens up about depression

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At your convenience? Why are the toilets always so difficult to get to?

When you've got to go, you've got to go. So why is it that toilets in public places are so often up or downstairs and difficult to get to? Edilia Emordi, from the Senior Citizens’ Media Group, has her say.

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After bereavement: learning to live alone

It's hard to learn to live on your own for the first time following the death of a loved one, writes Andrea Lambert, from our Senior Citizens’ Media Group

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When I first came to Hackney: Catherine's story

Catherine Browne was shocked by Hackney when she first arrived here from Barbados, she tells Hyacinth Wellington, in an interview originally recorded on audio. Catherine and Hyacinth are both members of the Connect Hackney Senior Citizens’ Media Group

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Technical itch? Get help with phones and computers

Stephen Adams, a regular at City & Hackney Carers’ Centre IT drop-in sessions, explains how you can get help with using mobile phones, computers, email and other useful technology

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Bear it in mind: Mental health for senior citizens

There are many different taboos in life that each one of us has to cope with – and the silence around mental health issues is one of them. At least one in four people suffers from mental health problems, writes Charles Daniel from the Senior Citizens’ Media Group

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