Lockdown - help and ideas
Physical separation means most of our normal u3a activities have had to be cancelled at least for some months. That does not mean we have to be socially, mentally or creatively ‘cancelled’. It could be the key to our survival that we find ways of staying active and in touch.
We have found, with thanks to Bristol u3a and u3a South East Region, a very large number of websites with interesting resources to keep your brains active and stimulated as well as an enormous amount of free online entertainment.
Let us know if you have anything you think could be included. These pages are a work in progress - we now have so much information we have divided it onto separate linked pages, dividing it into interest areas.
Lockdown - help and ideas
All text in blue are clickable links.
Online activities and tutorials from u3a national website
Keep an eye on the national u3a website events page for online activities and tutorials. There are a range of activities including using Zoom, staying safe on the internet, talks on art from the National Gallery, Maths challenges and talks and many more. You may need to go through the process of setting up an account but it is very simple to do.
Keeping groups active
Are you interested in exploring how your group can keep in contact and still enjoy learning together? Several groups have begun to use the online videoconferencing tool called Zoom and we have put together this list of resources to help you get going.
u3a national office are regularly running online tutorials on a range of topics included using Zoom to run u3a groups. They fill up very quickly but a new sets of dates will appear. Click HERE to link to the page of their website. You may need to log into the members' section but that is very simple to do.
Step by step advice, from the u3a national office, for using Zoom on a desktop or laptop (Windows or Apple) click here
For a description of the way that Zoom can work for u3a groups and advice from the experience from the last few weeks of using it compiled by Charles Symons click here for a PDF document.
If you get stuck and would like some help, contact Charles and his team on firstname.lastname@example.org
u3a Creative Covid Collaboration
National u3a are launching a new u3a initiative, the Creative Covid Collaboration. This new project will celebrate how U3A members have been using craft techniques to connect, learn together and support each other during Covid-19.
We’re asking you to make a 10inch by 10inch square in any colour, medium or theme you wish. This will become part of a national collage, formed of hundreds of pictures of squares, individually designed and created by members and u3a's across the country.
The collage will be formed of hundreds (hopefully!) of pictures of squares, individually designed and created by members and u3a's across the country. We will bring them all together to form a giant digital collage and make them available as a marker of this period, in both virtual and physical book form. We will also share your photo and description on our website and social media channels.
Click here for further information
Mirthy is an online platform for professional public speakers, often retirees themselves, to provide online talks to older adults in the comfort of their homes.
The free talks are available every Thursday morning at 11am. recent talks have included My Favourite Poisons, Big Ben, and, A Small Slice of the Big Apple. The talks last about 40 mins and are followed by interactive Q&A sessions. To find out more and to register for talks, click here.
Discovering Children's Literature
An online u3a event with the British Library. Learn about the history and development of children's literature.
A virtual study morning with three experts presenting their research about the history and development of children’s literature, and the treasures held in the British Library.
WELCOME TO GREYSNET! THE VOICE OF OLDER PEOPLE ONLINE.
Greysnet was created as a dedicated space for older people online. It’s a place where people at all stages of greyness (even those who dye their hair) can read, chat and find out about things that interest them.
See the greysnet website
The Wildlife Trusts across the country have webcams on a range of wild animals.
Do you want to contact a u3a member but don't have their email or phone number?
If so we can help. To set the ball rolling email email@example.com or phone Heather Phipps on 01737 929003. You will need to give the name of the person you want to contact and permission to pass on your contact details to them. We will pass on your email address or phone number and they will be able to contact you.
Support from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council
Reigate and Banstead Council have set up advice systems during the Coronavirus crisis. Click here to find the details.
If you are unable to find the help you are looking for online and have an urgent need or concern for you or a relative that is self-isolating and living in the borough, please phone:
The lines are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. The Council has a dedicated team of advisers who can direct you to sources of help or organise assistance from the team of support workers and trained volunteers.
Please pass this information to any members that you know who do not access the internet.
Learn to Relax
Jane Hutchinson, who is Group leader of our Learn to Relax group, has produced a list of reliable websites with ideas to help with mental wellbeing and also a video of age appropriate exercises to do at home.
Click here for Jane's list and exercises in PDF format.
Read and subscribe to the National u3a Newsletter
Every week there will be a quiz on the national u3a website with answers the following week. Take a look....https://www.u3a.org.uk/learning/weekly-quiz
u3a are running a national photography project click here for details
Before you get settled onto the computer how about a bit of gentle (or not so gentle) exercise? By now we have probably all heard of Joe Wicks who has been doing daily online PE sessions for the nation's children. He has a couple of 10 minute sessions specifically for older people but there are workouts for all fitness levels. All free of charge.
u3a's first fitness video with @MrMotivator is out! Find it here on YouTube
Active Surrey has a host of ideas for staying active during lockdown and several links to exercises for those with medical conditions
This link is amazing – a lady called Claire Ryan has compiled an incredibly long and detailed list of links to all sorts of resources including virtual tours; free online study courses in a range of subjects; geography, history, music, literature; teach yourself videos in a range of subjects; entertainment….. as well as links to resources aiming to help us maintain our mental health at this difficult time. Claire works for the NHS, with children and young people with ADHD but most of these links are of interest to everyone of all ages. Do check them out.