Last week I braved a blisteringly hot Holloway Road in North London to attend the Community Network Roadshow at the London Resource Centre (“Do you mean our old library?” asked the taxi driver).
I had been invited by Elizabeth Shaw, the Community Network’s Social Inclusion Manager. The Community Network is a charity which uses telephone conferencing technology to help the socially isolated, for example through telephone befriending.
One of the aims of the Roadshow was to open people’s minds to new ideas about healthy ageing and Elizabeth thought that the people attending “would love to learn about The Future Perfect Company and take a look at some of your wonderful products”.
And so happily it proved. We had a wonderful response to all our products and especially to our mission to bring good design to older people. Our leather Healthy Back Bag and Bionic gardening gloves were much admired (and stroked!) and everyone loved the handmade double handled mugs. There was also a lot of interest in our new range of products for people living with dementia including the Mind Dice.
I also took the opportunity to showcase some of the work from our student design competition, Designing for the Future with the University of Brighton.
It was good to see other exhibitors promoting the healthy ageing message too. The Lions Clubs “message in a bottle” scheme struck me as a simple and effective way to ensure that important medical information was to hand in an emergency.
A great morning all round.
For more information about the work of the Community Network, go to http://www.community-network.org/