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Online Groups

Fed up with self-isolating?

Meet others at one of our new online sessions. All of our sessions are run using Zoom, so download the app on your phone, tablet or computer and join in!

prime time online

Are you over 60 and want to chat with other people your age? Then join our weekly Prime Time session every Thursday, 11am - 12noon.

Email before 10am on Thursday morning and we will send you a Zoom invitation

Special Prime Time Event for Black History Month
Monday 26 October, 10 - 11am

BLM:  A View from East London
Alix Baptiste is a British Caribbean teacher living in Tower Hamlets. She presents a personal perspective on Black Lives Matter, highlighting history as evolving and subject to reinterpretation. Please contact Clara Crocetti for a Zoom invitation, 


online conversation club

Is English your second language and you want to practise speaking it with others? Then join our weekly Conversation Club every Wednesday, 11am-12noon.

Email before 10am on Wednesday morning and we will send you a Zoom invitation


book break online

Would you like to share stories and poetry to lift the mood? Possibly take a turn of reading out loud? Join our weekly Book Break group every Tuesday from 3 - 4pm.

This group is now full. We are working to set up another group. If you would like to be put on the waiting list please email and we will contact you as soon as we have more information.

book group online

Talk about what you’re reading and make friends with other readers. We have two online books groups and you’re welcome to join either – or both

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Weather by Jenny Offill

Thursday 8 October 6:30pm

Bestselling author Jenny Offill’s latest novel, Weather is a shimmering tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis. Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years she has tended to her haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. When her brother becomes a father Lizzie is forced to address the limits of her own experience--but still she tries to save everyone, using everything she's learned about empathy and despair, conscience and collusion, from her years of wandering the library stacks ...And all the while the voices of the city keep floating in--funny, disturbing, and increasingly mad.

FREE eBook and audiobook copies available


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The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Wednesday 21 October, 6:15pm

Set at the end of the nineteenth century, the novel follows the fortunes of the beautiful and charming Lily Bart in New York high society. On one level a devastating satire of a world devoid of moral scruples, ‘The House of Mirth’ is also a stringent critique of the particular restrictions and limitations such a world imposes on women.  

FREE eBook and audiobook copies available

  • If you would like to join the group above please email and you will be contacted with a login for the session which takes place on Zoom

You are welcome to join both groups. Staff involved will be able to guide you as to how to login


community navigators

While we’re closed, the usual Community Navigator health advice sessions in Idea Stores are moving online to give one to one support. Community Navigators can help with:

•    Advice on keeping safe and healthy
•    Information about how the Council can help you
•    Information about other services and groups that can give support, including foodbanks, voluntary groups, financial advice services

They are also able to give extra support to vulnerable or isolated residents, for example making phone calls or emailing on their behalf.

If you would like to contact a Community Navigator email: