Bulkington Nuneaton & Bedworth

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Monthly Meeting

October

The Medaille Trust
A presentation by Katie Moreton and Hasmeet Dogra.

Medaille Trust’s mission is to provide refuge and freedom from modern slavery. They are one of the largest providers of supported safe house beds for victims of modern slavery in the UK. What started in 2006 with a house for women trafficked into prostitution quickly grew into a national network supporting all people trapped in modern slavery – women, men and families.

September
My Journey with Glass - A talk by Di Vernon
We had a fascinating and enthusiastic talk on glass artistry, including leading and copper foiling.
Di runs courses and does demonstrations, there will be a course in November at Middleton Hall for those interested.

Group Meetings Updates

Required documentation.

Activity Assessment
Day of Use
Personal Assessment
Venue Risk

Rambling Group
Walks every 2nd and 4th Thursdays. - 10:00 AM

The next ramble is on 28th October 2021

The meeting point is Draycote Water Car Park. There is a charge for parking, so carshare may work?
For those who wish to eat after the ramble a table has been booked at the restaurant at Draycote.

The ramble leader is Paul ; Maps included

Bridge Group
Sessions will be held in the Church Hall at St Nicks and the session time will be 1.15pm to 4.00pm. The hall will be open from 12.45pm until 4.15pm and we ask that people arrive early to set up the room. People will need to get their own chairs and help set up the tables, if they are able. They will also need to put the chairs away at the end of the session.
Partners will need to be pre-arranged so people are not wandering around looking for a partner. Brian Gibbs has said he will help find partners if he is contacted before the day of the sessions.

Computer & Technology Group
We have re-starting meetings at the Bermuda Phoenix venue, Tuesdays 10:30.

Ukulele Group
Holy Trinity Church Hall, Tuesdays 10:00.
Next meeting 7th September.

Art Group
At Bulkington Village Centre , Monday mornings.

Patchwork Group
At BVC every 2nd Monday afternoon.

Poetry Appreciation
Last Friday of the month at Hartshill Community Centre, Mornings.

Art Group at Bermuda Phoenix
Every Thursday 10-12

Family History
Venue Bermuda Phoenix , Tuesday 9th November.

IT Training Courses

How are your IT skills?

Would you like to use your computer/smartphone/tablet to communicate more effectively with your friends, family and other U3A members, both during and after the lockdown?
Are you in one of the U3A special interest groups such as family history, and want to know how to use your computer for research?
Would you like to use your computer for shopping but don’t know where to start?
Are you worried about computer security and do you want to learn about how to do online shopping/banking safely?
Have you got a new Smart Phone but you don’t know what it does beyond making phone calls and texts?
Do you want to know how to edit and organise all the photos you have on your phone?

BNB U3A wants to help you!!!

BNB U3A have formed a committee of members who are tasked with planning an IT training programme for those who would like to be involved. We have a number of volunteers who are proficient in IT skills and we want to share our skills with those who need it. Because of the current lockdown restrictions, we are not able to have face-to-face sessions at present, so we have devised some other ways of helping you:

A. Website links to technology guides on a large number of topics, that you can browse and learn at your own pace
B. Sign up to a series of emails that will guide you through some technology guides in a structured way
C. Face-to-face sessions via video meetings
D. Web-based/phone support desk for individual support

Do you want to be involved? Link Here >>> NEW - IT Training Info

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Committee Notices

CORONAVIRUS ADVICE FOR MEMBERS IS ON THE NEW - Health & Welfare Page.

U3A Newsletter
The Trust is using the National Newsletter to keep members informed on the latest government advice converning coronavirus covid-19. It is also filled with information, stories and advice from across the U3A movement on how to keep safe and occupied during this difficult time.

Visit the U3A website to sign up for a regular email newsletter here >> U3A Newsletter

SCAM UPDATE

Update
1 - Track and Trace telephone scam - asking for payment card details - DO NOT give these, this service is FREE!
2 - 'Government' Coronavirus tax refund scam - offering cash, DO NOT click any links or reply, just delete!
3 - recently received automatic voice alleging TSB account misuse - do not press any phone keys, hang up and contact your bank on another device!

With the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation, criminals are playing on people’s confusion to try new scams. Many claim to offer services and products relating to Covid-19, to trick innocent customers into parting with personal information and their money. So here are some tips to help you avoid becoming a victim.

Scams to look out for
Email Spoofing
We have had some Members have their email accounts hacked such that they appear to send you a message, if you reply you then get a request for money or gift cards. I received one today! (24/04). Don't send anything and inform the 'sender' if you can.

Purchase scams offer protective equipment, sanitising products and other desirable goods for sale, that you will never receive. Be careful paying for anything via bank transfer and only buy goods from reputable companies that you know and trust.

Smishing is sending text messages that appear to come from a trustworthy source like the UK government or even your own doctor which try to steal personal or financial information. If you doubt the text’s authenticity, don't click links. Visit www.gov.uk to check any information given. Verify an organisation’s phone number from their website or from old printed correspondence.

Phishing is sending emails which try to make you divulge sensitive personal or financial information. They may appear to be Covid-19 tax refunds, reimbursements from travel bookings, safety advice via email and even donation requests. Fraudsters will try to make you click on links that aren't safe. So think before you click. If in doubt, then don't click. And don’t open any attachments from senders that you don’t know. If you’re still worried, talk to family, friends or someone else you trust.

Vishing is unsolicited phone calls. Always be suspicious of ‘cold-callers’. Don’t be afraid to challenge them or hang up if you can’t verify the caller. Banks, police etc. will never ask for security information, so never give out personal details. If you’re concerned, call the organisation back on the number listed on their website, ideally on a different phone as criminals can sometimes keep the line open. Or if it’s your bank, use the number on the back of your card.

What to do if you’ve been caught out

If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud or given away more information than you wanted to, please contact YOUR BANK as soon as possible. It’s better to be safe than sorry.