The U3a recommends that interest group meetings should be cancelled.
Watch this space for further information.
Groups known not to be meeting
Table Tennis Monday
Music for pleasure
Science & Technology
Russian & German Groups
Many French & Spanish Groups
Singing for fun
Check with group coordinators if in doubt.
We have been talking with U3As and many members across the U3A community about the creative ways older adults can use to stay healthy, active and connected with each other. Social distancing does not mean we can’t carry on being social and so below are just some of the great ideas and suggestions U3As have shared with us about keeping in touch with each other.
For those without internet access
Phoning each other
Set up a phone tree so that each member of a group could be responsible for calling two others at least once a week [this will be particularly important for members not on the internet]. Rotate who phones who. Make a phone-call once a week – to a U3A friend – especially someone on their own – just for a chat. The social interaction is such an important part of our informal learning ethos. Let other members know if you would like to keep in regular contact with other members.
For those with internet access
Individual U3A websites
Utilise Subject Advice
Utilise the expertise of your members
Running groups remotely
- Closed Facebook groups: There is advice about how to set up a closed Facebook group at: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Closed-Facebook-Group. There is also advice about how you can keep safe on facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/help/122006714548814?helpref=popular_topics. These can be used for exchanging ideas, resources, sources of materials, keeping in touch and developing online initiatives to keep members involved.
- WhatsApp: One suggestion for groups or just within interest groups could be keeping in touch on a WhatsApp group. This is reliant on members of the group having a phone that supports WhatsApp but is free to use and enables users to stay in touch by text and allows them to share photos. You can also make free audio and video calls via WhatsApp. There is advice at: https://www.wikihow.tech/Make-a-Call-on-WhatsApp.
- Other suggestions: Skype, WhyPay, Zoom, Microsoft Teams
Following Government advice the Open Meetings for March 25th & April 22nd are cancelled.
N.B. March Committee meeting is also cancelled.
Due to logistical problems the date of the arranged meeting for Group co-ordinators on May 14th is now changed to FRIDAY MAY 29th
3 March 2020
This is our first Newsletter Express which aims to deliver news to you as it happens when necessary. The short newsletter contains the latest coronavirus update.
We will continue to update the advice when required to respond to any further developments in the spread of the virus.
We understand that each committee will assess the risk to their members and make the decisions that they feel can ensure the safety of their members, taking into account any known risks at that time.
At all times we should all follow the most up to date government advice about coronavirus. We hope that coronavirus will not affect any of our U3A community.
We would ask you to keep fellow members up to date with advice about coronavirus.
Our advice currently is as follows:
**If a member has returned from one of the areas identified by the government and has any of the symptoms identified on the government website (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public?utm_source=U3A+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4b94067f3d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_03_11_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40791d727a-4b94067f3d-517759125) they should not hold interest groups in their own homes, or attend interest groups or attend monthly meetings until they have followed the NHS advice provided after calling 111
**If a U3A finds that a member has contracted coronavirus, please let the Trust know immediately
**The members of interest groups that any member with coronavirus has attended should all call 111 to ask for advice
**The monthly meeting should be cancelled for that month (and possibly longer) until the spread of the virus has been assessed.
In general a U3A may consider other precautions such as using hand sanitiser gel in interest groups and monthly meetings and reducing physical contact such as shaking hands until further information becomes available.
Thank you. Your support on this is very appreciated.
very best wishes