Belfast

Notices

On this you will find Announcements from the Committee and other events/opportunities for participation which may of interest to you.

Third Age Trust Newsletter
Social distancing does not mean we can’t carry on being social. U3As across the UK are sharing their ideas and suggestions with the Trust about keeping in touch with each other. The Trust is using the National Newsletter to pass on these ideas and to keep U3A members informed on the latest government advice concerning Covid-19. The Newsletter is filled with information, stories and advice and acts as a two-way conversation between members of the whole U3A movement. It will keep people in touch with U3A and hopefully make us all feel part of the U3A community. You can sign up at: https://www.u3a.org.uk/newsletter. If you would like to implement one of the ideas in it and want some support, please contact Theresa, Groups Coordinator.

Third Age Trust Project:
Living History in Unprecedented Times
U3A members are being invited to help craft a shared learning project where we create a living history of this extraordinary time and members’ experiences during this coronavirus pandemic.
The project will look for personal thoughts, ideas and reflections on how this feels to you and what you are doing to deal with it. Members may want to keep an electronic diary or to find a little note-book in which you can scribble down thoughts as they come.
We are asking people to write up anything they think relevant to having to be at home and your thoughts and reactions. You may wish to write something each day for example, or once a week or simply when something of note happens. You may read an article, book or see a programme which triggers some ideas or thoughts. More details on the website, https://www.u3a.org.uk/

Notice of Annual Subscriptions for year 2020/21
The annual membership subscription for Year ending 31st March 2021 remains at £15 per person.This is the second year of a two-year reduction in membership subscriptions approved by Committee in March 2019.
Please pay prior to 31st March 2020. You may pay by one of the following methods:
1. Send cheques to the Treasurer, payments to “Belfast U3A”
2. Cash can only be given in person to the Treasurer.
3. For online payments please contact the Treasurer, the Payment Reference must include your New Membership Number.

New Membership Numbers
For those that use email, you should receive an email from Andrew Walmsley on Wednesday 29th January giving you your new Membership Number. Please keep note of this number – it will be needed when making a payment to Belfast U3A. For those that do not use email we will write to you in due course.

Volunteers Needed in Belfast U3A:
A-Team - a group assisting with keyboard tasks on the Newsletter, the Membership records, and/or Committee minutes. Might be of interest to those who are IT proficient and would like to keep their skills up to date.
Newsletter Editor - producing a monthly newssheet Membership Secretary updating membership records Groups Coordinator - to assist Interest Groups Minutes Secretary - minutes of Committee meetings Contact the Business Secretary, June Martin
Meet & Greet helpers, contact Pat Aldred, 9066 6246 Really Useful Group (RUG), contact Moya Crunden,

AGM Notice
The AGM will be held on 30th April 2020 in the Balmoral Hotel. The business of the AGM will include elections to the Committee of Belfast U3A. Members are encouraged to consider serving on the Committee. Nominations Forms for the Committee are available from the Business Secretary or by clicking here: Nomination Form. The form accessed online cannot be filled in online, but can be printed off and posted.

Ulster University as an ‘Age Friendly University’
Following recent discussions between the Ulster University (UU, Belfast campus) and U3A Northern Ireland Regional Executive Committee (NIREC), concerning developing greater engagement between U3A members in the Greater Belfast area and the UU, we would like your views on what might be of interest to our members. Causeway and Foyle U3As have already developed links to the UU at Magee and Coleraine. Projects have included co-operation on sport initiatives, members attending special workshops (e.g. photography), involvement in research projects etc. Pauline Prior, who is the liaison for Belfast U3A, will inform members of any public lectures or events to which we are invited. If you have any ideas on specific events, classes, facilities, or initiatives at UU in Belfast or Jordanstown, please email Pauline ASAP.

Suggestion for a RUG (Really Useful Group)
As many U3A members who have skills and energy do not wish to be on the committee but are happy to help occasionally (as at the monthly meeting) we would like to ask for more volunteers to put their names forward (with information on what they might do) for a RUG. This list of names will consist of people who could be called on for one occasion or for a short term project. If you are willing, and able, please email Moya Crunden who will be the Co-ordinator.

Teas/coffees at monthly meeting in Balmoral Hotel.
Please note that tea and coffee is now available at monthly meetings at no charge.

Change of policy regarding member of other U3As attending Interest groups of Belfast U3A.
In future Belfast U3A will expect all participants in Interest Groups or activities to be paid up members of Belfast U3A.

Newsletters: limited numbers available at monthly meetings for those who do not have emails

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Wish List for new Interest Groups
Do you have an idea for a new group you would like to see formed in Belfast U3A? If so, the committee would like to hear from you.

Do you know there is now a national u3a newsletter available to all members?
Sign up for it at https://www.u3a.org.uk/email

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GROUP NEWS

New Yoga Group. Sign up at monthly meeting or contact Lorraine Walls

Walkers notice. It seems that the time might be right to respond to increased demand by forming another sub-group of the All Weather Walking Group. We are asking for expressions of interest in another Amblers-type group (to complement the existing one). Those who need a shorter, perhaps more local outing (but still including a stop for coffee) should contact Brenda McHugh to discuss how we might make this work.

If you would be willing to convene a second Brunch Group or a fourth Book Group, please contact Theresa McVeigh . Sign-up sheets at monthly meeting for members interested in joining the above.

The Glee Club require a back-up pianist for those occasions on which Eileen Hurley cannot attend. If interested please contact Groups Co-ordinator Theresa McVeigh.

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APPEALS FOR HELP, OTHER EVENTS THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST ETC

Research Requests: QUB Psychology
(Project details including ethical approval verified)
If you are interested in taking part in either of these studies, please contact the student directly and ask for any information you wish to have.
1. Investigating Postural Sway in Older People.
Contact: Megan Currie on mcurrie12@qub.ac.uk
2. Learning from the other Limb’s experience.
Contact: Micheala McIlvenna on mmcilvenna02@qub.ac.uk

Research request The Department of Music at University of Sheffield is inviting over 60-year-olds to take part in a Music & Wellbeing study based on a smartphone application/App for Android phones/tablets. The study lasts for four days, has received ethical approval, and all responses will be kept anonymous. To take part, please contact the Researcher, Dr. Georgina Floridou on g.floridou@sheffield.ac.uk or apply directly on musichemisphere@gmail.com For more info, you can speak to Pauline Prior at the monthly meeting or email her on slp@belfastu3a.org

Appeal for books
Quality Books Required by Self Help Africa Bookshop (previously known as War on Want) 24 Botanic Avenue Belfast BT7 1JQ Tel: 028 90 247773 in support of our African projects.
Please Keep us in mind if you are house clearing, downsizing or if you know of anyone who may have books to donate.

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SOCIAL/EDUCATIONAL