CORONAVIRUS - Advice from Third Age Trust
National u3a COVID 23rd October 2020
and this is overridden by local restrictions.
Before restarting any outdoor activity group leaders must complete and submit a risk assessment COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group members should consider their own personal risk assessment before every activity.
An Update on Ayr u3a - 2nd July, 2020
Ayr u3a HAS NOT CLOSED DOWN!
We are still very active, but in a different way! Check our calendar on the Virtual Ayr U3A page for groups running on Zoom. If you want to find out more contact the group via the Groups page, click the group then the envelope icon on their page.
Here is a summary of where we're at. If you want to see any more, read the Newsletter to which there is a link at the bottom of this page.
Our monthly meetings have now recommenced, but in virtual Zoom format. Our last conventional meeting was in February.
Many of our interest groups have discovered other ways of keeping in touch. Zoom has become a firm favourite.
Normally we have a Quiz night once a month, which takes place in a local pub/restaurant. As well as the quiz, members are invited to join for a pre-quiz meal. Now, we're having the Quizzes every Monday evening at 7pm courtesy of Zoom.
We had a one-off 'Cheese and Wine Party', although members had to provide their own cheese and wine. For entertainment, there was a musical quiz.
No doubt there will be more of these 'One-off' social gatherings.
Regular Tuesday afternoon Chats.
On Tuesday afternoons at 3pm, there is a chance for a natter with other members over a cup of coffee - using Zoom of course!
The 'Sharp Pencils', our creative writing group is now functioning. Lorraine will add a new project website once a week. Dip in and out and have a browse and see if any tickle your imaginations. Prompts and projects are only set to help to inspire you and to start you off with some ideas on where to begin - it's NOT homework; they are some creative prompts to wake your imagination and to see where your words take you.
We have been holding our meetings using Zoom. It works surprisingly well. It's possible that we might continue the format, since it makes attendance easier for some of members because of distance.
We held our AGM on Zoom. We elected our committee, but we hope to have an extra meeting later in the year so that members can find it easier to ask questions and voice their opinions.
In normal times, I send out a newsletter about twice a month to remind members of forthcoming monthly meetings, and a bit about what the groups are up to.
More recently, I have been sending out newsletters more frequently to tell members that although we're in lockdown, we have all these other things going on.
For members not on email, I send out newsletters via post. I specifically ask the postal members if there is anything at all that we can do to help them.
To keep in touch, members usually use email, and most are adapting to Zoom gradually.
Some of our members have commented that the Zoom tutorial on the Zoom website is very useful.
Obviously, there have been some disappointments. A group trip to Cartagena has been cancelled. Multiple theatre outings are off. The lunch group can't get together to explore new restaurants.
In summary, although we're not functioning as usual, we are attempting to keep things rolling over. I've been amazed at the ingenuity and originality of some of our members. They obviously value the friendships that have developed since joining Ayr u3a, and they are determined not to let Coronavirus get in the way of them!
None of us know how long this situation is going to last. In the meantime, we just have to make the most of it!
Here is the latest newsletter from Ayr U3A
Late October 2020 news.
Have a look at our Facebook group Ayr U3A Facebook.
and post something about what you've been up to recently at Ayr u3a.
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