You know that holey jumper you’ve been meaning to mend but your sewing skills just aren’t quite up to scratch? Or are you still paying for someone else to repair the inner tube of your bike wheel? Perhaps you want to start an indoor herb garden but don’t know your thyme from your basil?! We’ve got you sorted with this new, community-lead fortnightly skill swap!
What to expect
Each fortnight, a member of the community will volunteer two hours of their time to teach some of life’s most handy skills. Attendance at these laid back, informal sessions is free, the idea being you ‘pay-it-forward’ by volunteering to share one of your own nifty talents by leading a future skill-swap.
We’ve all got tips and tricks and skills to be swapped so what’s yours? Come down and share it!
Saturday 18 May
STACY XIE – THRIFTY COOKING TIPS & TRICKS
Not eating very healthily? Ordering too much take-aways? Missing your five-a-day? Often too tired to cook? Even Jamie Oliver’s 15-minute meal recipe seems too much?
Stacy will show you ways to cook quick, healthy, and cheap meals with a Chinese flavour. Please come and share your cooking experience, tips and recipes too!
Stir fry tomatoes and eggs
Microwave steamed mushrooms and chicken
Microwave steamed seabass
Saturday 1 June
OLIVER CATO – START WRITING: A WORKSHOP
How do professional writers start writing? Most people think it begins with an exciting scene, enticing character or fabulous setting. However, story crafting is a very different process to that commonly imagined and the beginning is the most crucial step.
The workshop will have three parts: story method and how one begins, a practical exercise, and an interactive session digging deeper into our efforts. If you want to know how professionals approach story and kickstart your own writing, then Start Writing is for you.
Oliver Cato is an experienced writer with many publication credits. See here for details.
Saturday 15 June
LIANNE HICKEY – SILVER SURFERS SOCIAL MEDIA SKILLS
This informal session invites over 50s to make the most of social media. Connect with family, friends and colleagues around the world with the help of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Lianne is a social media lover that wants to help you get connected! Grandchildren beware; your nan will be commenting on EVERY. SINGLE. POST.
Saturday 29 June
Saturday 13 July
CRAFT FLORALS BY HEATHER
Join Heather for a stunning hand-tied bouquet demonstration, wonderful gift for anyone. Understand the flowers and foliage to include, sourcing materials, wrapping, flower conditioning and the traditional spiral tying technique to give you the confidence to re-create one. This is a beginner-level session.
Craft Florals by Heather is a London-based, independent florist.
Find out more: @craftfloralsbyheather
Saturday 10 August
Saturday 14 September
If you’re interested in leading a skill swap, please contact Beth: firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Skill Swaps
Saturday 6 April
HEMA (From Leaders in the Community) – URBAN BEE KEEPING
This session will introduce you to the world of beekeeping in urban areas. It will teach you how you can get involved with beekeeping at home and how you can help the declining population and plant pollinator-friendly flowers to increase plant biodiversity in London.
Leaders in the Community (LIC) is a local charity that currently own a small apiary in Poplar – they can tell you more about the work that they are involved with and ways in which you can get involved.
Saturday 20 April
RAFAL MUCHOWICZ – “YOU’RE HIRED”: JOB SEARCH AND INTERVIEW SKILLS
Saturday 4 May
ALLISON SLEATOR – FOLK SINGING
Learn to sing in the folk style from a repertoire of folk songs. Explore folk singing and vocal technique in this unique session lead by professional singer and tutor, Allison Sleator.
Note: This will be taking place in our meeting room, Mike.