E-Reader Support Group

Are you thinking about buying an E-Reader? Maybe you already have one but need to get to grips with it? If so, then our E-Reader support group is for you.

  • We can show you how to search online for electronic books, newspapers and magazines and then to download and install them on your device.
  • We can show you how to change the text and to adjust the lighting on your e-books to make them easier to read.
  • We can guide to as to the best web-sites to visit to access and download electronic books.
  • We can help you access your local library e-book and audiobook services and transfer materials to your device.
  • Within the class we also run a book club, where we choose a novel and discuss it on a regular basis.

So if you own a Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iPad or other E-Reader, but don’t know how to use it, we can give you the know-how to get you feeling better about your device.

Alternatively, if you don’t own a device, but would like to know more about e-readers, we have a number available for you to borrow.

The class runs every Monday morning 10am – 12 noon.  No appointment is necessary, simply drop in and take part!

Further information:

Tel: 0161 637 6788 or 07889 258685

You can also contact the group’s leader, Joanne, directly via the button below

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Table Top Sale

On Saturday 21 March 2015 NEPHRA Good Neighbours are hosting a Table Top Sale. Come along to NEPHRA HQ and leave with a bargain!

Highlights include Gifts, Books, Bric-a-Brac, a selection of hand crafted items and a Raffle.

Refreshments and Home Made Cakes available too!,

Time: 1.00 – 3.00 pm

Where: NGN HQ, 27 Parkfield Road North, New Moston, Manchester


10th Birthday Celebration Event!

Date: Sunday 27th July 2014

Time: 11.00 am – 2.00 pm

Place: NEPHRA’s Allotment on Northfield Road, New Moston.

This is a FREE community consultation event and everyone is welcome!

Come along, view the plans for a new drop-in centre to be built on NEPHRA’s Allotment, have some fun and help to shape our future!

Enjoy lots of FREE FUN for all the family – Donkey Rides, Bouncy Castle, Punch Balloons, Hook-a-Prize, Hit the target and MUCH, MUCH MORE!

BBQ & Refreshments available for a small charge.

All children must be accompanied by an adult



Machine Knitting at NEPHRA!

Hello everyone

Just to let you know that NEPHRA are teaming up with Sheffield born artist and videosmith, Sam Meech, to explore machine knitting.

Sam and your regular community ICT tutor and machine knitter, Iris Cooper – will be running 10 x 3 hour sessions starting Thursday 10th October 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Anyone with an interest in machine knitting is invited to come along. Perhaps you are thinking of returning to machine knitting after a long absence, or maybe you would simply like to have a go on a knitting machine? If so, the sessions are open to all ages and aim not only to cover the basics but give you the confidence to move forward with the craft.

They’ll also be looking at ways in which machine knitted fabrics can be used. Bringing machine knitting into the 21st century, Sam and Iris will demonstrate how they have breathed new life into an old electronic knitting machine, enabling it to ‘talk’ to a modern computer and produce knitted digital images like the ones below:

Original digital image
Original digital image
Pixels converted to stitches
Converting pixels into stitches
Transfer the image to the machine
Transferring the image to the machine
Knitting the image
Knitting the digital image
The finished portrait
The finished portrait
The portrait in detail
The portrait in detail

For those without machines there will be a small selection set up for use during the sessions, but if you wish to bring your own, please call Bren on 07745 502 526 to reserve your space. Sessions will take place at NEPHRA HQ, 27 Parkfield Road North, New Moston, Manchester, M40 3TB.

Next Week is Blood Donation Week!

Love Manchester is working with the NHS to increase the number of people in Manchester giving potentially lifesaving blood. Hospitals across England and North Wales need around 7,000 units of blood every day to help people with cancer, in A&E and in maternity units. If you’re in generally good health, Blood Donation Week is an ideal time to make a date to donate.
Go to the external site www.blood.co.uk(external website) or call 0300 123 23 23.
Centres are at Norfolk House in the city centre and Plymouth Grove, Longsight. 

Scam Alert!

Click the link below to read an alert issued by Andy Orpin, a Police Community Support Officer, which was posted over on The People’s Voice Media blog.

Telephone Scam

Sadly, scams like this are becoming more common.  Please be wary of such callers and let your friends and family know about this particular scam!

Fun with Slideshows

Hello there

The Friday afternoon computer class is continuing to enjoy making slideshows using Photo Story 3. As well as the films they have already posted to this Blog, some of class are now using the software to make their personal shows. With that in mind, I’d like to mention a handy little utility program that’s called Tweak PS. As you know, when you create a slideshow using Photo Story 3, the software automatically adds movement to each and every slide (apart from the ones that have captions included), and although some motion in a slideshow is desirable, having it on every slide can be quite tiring on the viewer’s eyes.

This is where Tweak PS comes into its own. In short, it will allow you to remove all the motion from any given Photo Story project file. It will also let you set an overall slide time i.e. change it from the default slide duration of 5 seconds, and you can even randomise the order of the slides themselves.  The program is quick to install and very easy to use… and you are left with a great starting point from which to move forward and create your own unique style of show.

Here’s a handy link to the download page:

Go to Tweak PS download page

Have fun!


The Luncheon Club

Here’s another chance to watch the short film about NEPHRA’s popular and utterly brilliant Luncheon Club! If you’re an existing member of The Luncheon Club, please add a comment to this post to let others know what a wonderful thing it is… and if you’ve not yet sampled the food, you’re in for a treat!

For further information about the Luncheon Club, please call Bren on 07745 502526