Senior Citizens’ Media Group

Senior Citizens’ Media Group


I joined the Media Group because at some level
I’ve always been interested in writing and expressing, communicating, and I thought it
would be an opportunity for me to kind of look into that aspect of myself that I have
never been able to express before. My name is Natasha Julien. I am the IT teacher for Connect Hackney Senior
Citizens’ Media Group. That means that I have people coming down
between the ages of 55 and 70-80 who are learning to use computers – – some for the very first
time, so you don’t have to have any experience at all, I will teach you how to send e-mail,
use the internet and write some stories for the Connect Hackney website and magazine. I joined the group to see if I can learn to do computer,
because mostly everything now is digital – – computer this, computer that. This is Hackney Senior magazine and we take
part in writing little stories about computer, computering… and what we did when we first
came to the country. I come from Saint Lucia in the West Indies, small
island in the West Indies called Saint Lucia. We are very diverse group, all of us coming
from different places, but Hackney is a melting pot and I think we’ve come to understand each
other, appreciate each other’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s a very good programme. I’ve had a bit of a mixed bag because I’ve been ill on and off. It hasn’t been perfect. But having said that I think I’ve done very
well. I’ve got lot out of it and I feel inspired
to go and do some more. So this course as well as learning some new
skills, learning how to use computers and the internet and e-mail, also encourages people
to connect with their community – – so you’re meeting new people, having new experiences,
and also learning something in a fun way. I think this kind of group is very important
because it gives people an opportunity to voice their opinions, be creative
and gives them hope for the future. When I first joined the group I thought to
myself: ‘How will I get on?’ because you’re always nervous when you first join the group. But when I joined the group, the teacher Natasha,
very natural, very kind and careful, and always helpful – it gave us all confidence, which I think is very good.

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