UnAge: older and younger people developing age-neutral business ideas together

Gini Simpson and Christian Ahlert deliver a progress report on their UnAge project, brilliantly piloted at Hackney Employability Club. Other voices belong to Folu, Joyce, Kate, Ken, Mercy, Rick and Walter.

We record in our workspace training room, with working background noise. It’s not supposed to sound like a studio.

Click/tap the play button here (the yellow disk with the white triangle), or visit the podcast episode page: UnAge: older and younger people developing age-neutral business ideas together.

Blume – flexible work for older people

A community conversation led by Alexander Stevenson – with Joyce, Leonard and Rick – about Blume.Life (“Flexible work for older people, Great results for everyone. Over 50? Under 150? Interested in flexible working? Blume is the place for you”) – a community-rooted startup.

We record in our workspace training room, with working background noise. It’s not supposed to sound like a studio.

Click/tap the play button here (the yellow disk with the white triangle), or visit the podcast episode page: Blume – flexible work for older people.

Visit Blume

More about Blume

(Content by Alexander Stevenson)

Blume is a new venture which will find flexible and interesting work for older people. Or to put it another way, Blume offers everyone highly skilled, experienced, reliable and good value labour.

Blume’s aim is to calm the perfect storm created by these four squalls:

  • We are living longer. In the next twenty years the number of over-65s in the UK will grow by 6 million to 17 million.
  • We are rubbish at employing older people … 80% of 50 year olds are in work but this declines to 60% of 60 year olds and just 30% of 65 year olds.
  • but the economy needs older people. At current rates older people will vacate 14.5 million jobs by 2022 but just 7 million will enter the workplace.
  • and surveys suggest that many older people want to carry on working (but preferably part time); for example 4.8 million 65 to 70 year olds would like to be working but just 1.2 million currently are working.

How to become part of Blume

To get started you need to do three things:

  1. Go to https://blume.life and enter your email address and enter a preview code (you can get it from Rick at Employability Club, or by asking for it at contact@blume.info )
  2. Tell us which of our selected 60 tasks on the ‘Become a blumer’ page you are interested in doing. Categories include ‘Technology’, ‘In the home’, ‘Business Support’, and ‘Odd Jobs’.
  3. Complete the (short) sign up process to become a blumer.

We will then find people who want these tasks done and match you up with them.

If you have any questions or suggestions please send them to contact@blume.info

How to be entrepreneurial

A community conversation with Amar, Joyce, Karen and Rick – about being entrepreneurial, in self-employment or to catch an employer.

We record in our workspace training room, with working background noise. It’s not supposed to sound like a studio

Click/tap the play button here (the yellow disk with the white triangle), or visit the podcast episode page: How to be entrepreneurial.

Web sites mentioned in the episode

Benefacto – they DO make a difference

A community conversation with Stevie Back from Benefacto – and from Employability Club – Rick, Tom, Bintou. We are talking about how Benefacto’s employment volunteering scheme has been helping older people in Hackney since April 2014.

We record in our workspace training room, with working background noise. It’s not supposed to sound like a studio

Click/tap the play button here (the yellow disk with the white triangle), or visit the podcast episode page: Benefacto – they DO make a difference.

 

The Benefacto URL is http://benefacto.org

Zero Hours vs No Hours

An unscripted community conversation between Lady Esther (a.k.a. Sistah 2C) and Kamye — who both have personal experience of zero-hours contracts in the UK.

We record in our workspace training room, with working background noise. It’s not supposed to sound like a studio

Click/tap the play button here (the yellow disk with the white triangle), or visit the podcast episode page: Zero Hours vs No Hours.

Zero-hours contracts in the UK

Is your date of birth on your CV?

An unscripted community conversation led by Lady Esther (a.k.a. Sistah 2C). We are talking about our experiences in the job market – and our feelings about those experiences.

We record in our workspace training room, with working background noise. It’s not supposed to sound like a studio

Click/tap the play button here (the yellow disk with the white triangle), or visit the podcast episode page: Is your date of birth on your CV?

Protected characteristics

Discrimination on the basis of the following characteristics is unlawful …

  • age
  • disability
  • gender
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation

More information: Equality Act 2010

Tutor summary, 8 February 2017

What you did or learnt, session 2 (Email for the workplace 2)

  1. Contacts revision: added a new email contact from a CSV data file.
  2. Attachments revision: sent a document attachment to your personal email address (did you get it?)
  3. Created an email signature.
  4. Used Google Sheets with ‘Yet Another Mail Merge’ to send personalised bulk mail to other members of the team.
  5. Subscribed to the HCVS Newsletter.
  6. Added the HCVS Newsletter sender to your contacts list.
  7. Sent an email to the course blog about what you had learnt.

Output

Resources used

  • Course flash drives.
  • Google Apps for Work Email (bold.org.uk custom version).
  • ‘Yet Another Mail Merge’ app.
  • WordPress blog (this one).

Tutor summary, 1 February 2017

What you did or learnt, session 1 (Email for the workplace 2)

  1. Preliminary introduction to the G Suite email system – essentially a more advanced version of consumer Gmail.
  2. Imported a list of names & email addresses from a CSV data file to your Contacts area.
  3. Sent an email from Contacts to the course group address.
  4. Sent an email to the course blog (publishing by email).
  5. Saved five photo attachments from your email inbox to your course flash drive and to the images folder on your course Google Drive.
  6. Looked at your course email using the ‘Thunderbird’ email client Installed on your flash drive.
  7. Emailed at least one photo attachment from your flash drive to the blog email address.
  8. Sent an email to the course blog about what you did.

Output

Resources used

  • Course flash drives.
  • Google Apps for Work Email (bold.org.uk custom version).
  • Portable Thunderbird email client on flash drive.
  • WordPress blog (this one).

Tutor summary, 21 December 2016

What you did or learnt, session 4 (Web search for the workplace)

Applied web search

  1. Learnt about search engines that are not Google (eg- Bing, DuckDuckGo).
  2. How to use Google search options and tools.
  3. How to find images labelled with non-commercial usage rights.
  4. Searched for and saved up to three images with specified properties:
    • Colour photograph of a shop front in Hackney
    • Labelled for non-commercial use with modification
    • Larger than 400 x 300 pixels.
  5. Blogged what you did.

Researching suppliers of refurbished computers

  1. Learnt more about specifications of new and refurbished computers, especially screen size and shape.
  2. Completed an exercise based on current laptop reviews in Which! magazine.
  3. Used a spreadsheet formula (in your personal sheet of the team cloud workbook) to estimate the working height of screens if the diagonal size and aspect ratio is known.

Blog exercise

  • Made a blog post about what you did or learnt.

Resources used

  • G Suite Drive (bold.org.uk custom version).
  • WordPress blog (this one).
  • Course flash drives.

Tutor summary, 16 December 2016

What you did or learnt, session 3½ (Web search for the workplace)

An extra photo-blog workshop

  • Learnt how to photo-blog and comment on images saved from the web.
  • Understood the importance of ascertaining usage rights.
  • How to add Alt-Text to web images, as an aid for visually impaired people who use screen readers.

Resources used

  • G Suite Drive (bold.org.uk custom version).
  • WordPress blog (this one).

Acknowledgment

Tutor summary, 14 December 2016

What you did or learnt, session 3 (Web search for the workplace)

Applied web search

  • Learnt about search engines that are not Google (eg- Bing, DuckDuckGo).
  • How to use Google search options and tools.
  • How to find images labelled with non-commercial usage rights.
  • Searched for and saved up to three images with specified properties:
    • Colour photograph of a shop front in Hackney
    • Labelled for non-commercial use with modification
    • Larger than 400 x 300 pixels.

Researching suppliers of refurbished computers

  • Learnt more about specifications of new and refurbished computers, especially screen size and shape.
  • Completed an exercise based on current laptop reviews in Which! magazine.
  • Used a spreadsheet formula (in your personal sheet of the team cloud workbook) to estimate the working height of screens if the diagonal size and aspect ratio is known.

Blog exercise

  • Made a blog post about what you did or learned.

Resources used

  • Course flash drives.
  • G Suite Drive and Sheets (bold.org.uk custom version).
  • WordPress blog (this one).

Tutor summary, 7 December 2016

What you did or learnt, session 2 (Web search for the workplace)

Web search exercise

  • Found and shared with the team …
    • Two retail prices for Microsoft Windows 10 Professional
    • Two retail prices for Microsoft Office
    • Retail price for a MacBook Pro 15″
  • Added your results to your personal sheet in the Procurement Team workbook.
  • Discussed criteria for buying new or refurbished computers
  • Blogged what you did.

Resources used

  • G Suite Drive and Sheets (bold.org.uk custom version).
  • Course flash drives.
  • WordPress blog (this one).

Tutor summary, 30 November 2016

What you did or learnt, session 1 (Web search for the workplace)

Web search using Google

  1. Simple Google search, starting with the “Jobseekers’ Allowance” and “Employment and Support Allowance” examples.
  2. Refined those searches using the Google Advanced Search form.
  3. Searched for information about Chromebook, Chromebox, Chromebase and ChromeOS.
  4. Put your search results in an online form connected to a shared spreadsheet.

Resources used

  • G Suite Drive and Sheets (bold.org.uk custom version).
  • Course flash drives.