U3As across the movement are working hard to stay open for business -even although its virtual and not face to face.

Everyone is working hard to stay connected and active during this period of restricted movement and, if our Keeping in Touch Facebook page is anything to go by, you are all doing it with energy, kindness and great humour.

Some of you are asking about whether it is time to resume some face to face meetings. From a U3A activity perspective it is really important that government and NHS advice is followed. The U3A movement has been guided throughout this time by that advice and should continue to do so – for the safety and wellbeing of all our members.

We have been advised by our insurers that this is crucial from a public liability insurance perspective.

I appreciate how strong you have all been maintaining social distancing and remote learning in this difficult time. You have carried on supporting, uniting and protecting each other – so please carry on doing this until the government and NHS guidance changes.

Many of you have asked us about the next steps and we want to work with you so that together, we can develop a plan for the future. Our Chair Ian has more details further down the Newsletter about how you can input into that process.
It is lovely to read so many of your stories and connections below. Please keep encouraging others to sign up to the newsletter so that we can keep sharing and staying connected with each other.

Through Your Door Bitesize Newsletter

Please encourage friends and colleagues who can, to sign up directly to the National Newsletter – during this time, it is more important than ever that all of our members can access news and information immediately when it is needed. 

We know there is a small number of members who don’t have email.  We don’t want them to miss out, so for the first time we are introducing a bite sized newsletter in PDF form that members who are signed up can download- print off – and pop through a colleague’s door. 

This PDF version has selected highlights and any important notices – so with or without email, you are included.  Find the button for the PDF newsletter further down this newsletter.

For colleagues who wish to receive this electronic newsletter, sign up. : https://www.u3a.org.uk/newsletter

Learning to Zoom
Thank you to our wonderful Trust Volunteers who have been delivering tutorials about how to use and access Zoom.

An Introduction to Zoom tutorial lasts for 1 hour and helps members use this technology.  Due to the popularity of these sessions, the team have created an advanced tutorial which covers more in depth topics.

To find out more, email NOVolunteer@u3a.org.uk
Enjoying what we can of Gardens, parks and other outside spaces have become an important part of our lives during this time.

U3A members have been sharing photographs of their garden on the Keeping In Touch group and several more sent photos into us, demonstrating how much members are enjoying their gardens in this time.

Please contact me if you wish to receive the full Newsletter, you can find my email address attached to the last email I sent “Malcolm’s letter”.

George F