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Create Your Future: personal journeys of BAME women in Hackney

Maxine Collins, Programme Coordinator of Create Your Future in Hackney, leads a conversation about how CYF is helping older BAME women. Other voices belong to Deolinda, Jennifer, Rick and Sandra. Date: 22 September 2017.

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: Create Your Future: personal journeys of BAME women in Hackney.

About Create Your Future

Create Your Future is a pre-employment project for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women who are not working and not studying.

Maxine’s introduction (transcript)

“Create Your Future is a London-wide project and our lead partner is Community Links. We are funded by the European Social Fund and Big Lottery. The project is for three years.

I am the program coordinator at Hackney CVS. I have been working there since January, first to get the project off the ground, build up partnerships with local community organisations who are delivering workshops, taster sessions, and courses to help unemployed Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women back to work.

The project has been designed for women who are long-term unemployed – perhaps they have been isolated for some time, so we are not only thinking about employability skills, but also personal development.”

Visit Create Your Future at Hackney CVS

The Hackney CVS website address is hcvs.org.uk (not hcvs.co.uk !). Here are some CYF starting points …

Contact Create Your Future

  • Phone: 020 7923 1962
  • Email: maxinec@hcvs.org.uk

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

What I learnt On the course

The email course opened my eyes to more knowledge.

I have learnt so much about email from Rick :  composing, sending, labeling, filtering and attachment.  He went further in showing us how to sign our names and even our title at the end so that the reader knows who it is from and makes it official.

Today, we refreshed our memory on what we did last week and used our ‘keepass’ programme.  We setup and was given information about Thunderbird that it is a free package allowing it to be an Outlook client.  He also showed us and tell us about being an Administrator for the email domain and what information we can obtain from it.

Finally, emailing our certificate to ourselves.

What I did today, 22/2/17

Today I investigated the usefulness of adding multiple email addresses to an IMAP client email (Thunderbird) – so as to collate all incoming mail in one inbox, that can vied without needing to use an internet browser.

In addition to this I was given some insight into what is available to an administrator of a commercial email system; who and when someone logged-in, for instance.

This entire course was a welcome refresher to what I was taught on a similar course some little time ago.

Nowhere else, I’m sure, could I have learned and practiced so much of what is available and useful in an average email account; the file & folder filters will be especially important in my day to day usage.

Thank you Rick Crust and Age UK (East London)

What I Did Today

It was wonderful today. I learnt a lot.

We did a refresher on email and its attachment from last week. We then continued to create labels for our incoming emails and filter and archive.

We now understood and view email as a different animal (smile).

We then got deeper and serious into passwords and how we can use one of many password programme. We follow exercise on how to create long and complexed password that could last over 50 years.

What I learned today: 15/2/17

Today was a refresher for me. A re-run of Email filters, labels and archiving. All vital aspects of Email management.

The highlight was an introduction to password security, especially securing intricate/elaborate/long password creation and storing – using the KeePass software. A PC or portable Flash-Drive secure storage facility.

Harley Shaw
Dogsbody
At-Bold.org.uk