Ways to Keep in Touch
The Third Age Trust has produced this one page summary explaining some of the most popular video-conferencing, messaging and simple telephone-conferencing technologies that are freely available to help us keep in touch with each other. Learn how to set up and use Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype, Telegram, and WhyPay? These technologies can be used to contact individual friends or get whole groups together at one time. Many of our Bristol U3A activity groups are already using them successfully and now is the ideal opportunity to get to grips with them. Further guidance about how to use these technologies and also other useful IT help such as setting up email accounts and listening to podcasts can be found in these handy step by step guides.
The Trust plans to update these pages with further guides and possibly online training sessions in due course. Subscribe to the National Newsletter to hear about developments as soon as they happen.
If you would like to know how to set up a closed Facebook Group this is a simple step-by-step guide.
If you already use Facebook now would be a good time to join our Bristol U3A Members group. And how about joining a new group called U3A: Keeping in Touch. It is open to all U3A members (not just in Bristol) and was created on 16th March to help all U3A members share ideas, information, things to amuse and generally stay in contact with each other.
While they can't meet face-to-face, the BS3 Computer Cafe Talk & Tech Group has set up a Facebook Group to share news and views, and ask for help with technical stuff. The group aims to unite people who need a bit of technical help online with those who can help them. Just ask to join the group - you don't have to live in BS3. The group is called Over 55's Virtual Computer Cafe - BS3.
Lots of local areas have set up their own mutual aid groups on Facebook to inform and help people in their community. Search Covid and your postcode and hopefully you will be successful. Here is the BS4 Community Mutual Aid COVID-19 Response group to give you an idea of what sort of support is available.