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Older Men at the Margins (OMAM) research project - feedback workshops

Bristol University have been leading on an extensive research project looking at the issues facing older men who are at risk of loneliness or isolation. There will be three workshops in November, at the Southville Centre, Beauley Road, BS3, to discuss the findings so far.

If you would like to go to any of these, please contact Alex Vickery: or telephone (0117) 954 6773 or the project leader Paul Willis on 0117 3310640 or email:

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Post-Retirement Opportunities Events - An invitation from LinkAge

Aged 55+ and approaching retirement? Retirement is a major transitional phase in life, and can lead to worries about money, social isolation and a loss of purpose. Come along to one of LinkAge Post-Retirement Opportunities events this autumn/winter, and discover more about the opportunities and advice available to you, explore and share ideas, hear from those with lived experience of retirement, and meet and socialise with people at a similar stage in life all over some delicious free drinks and nibbles!

Upcoming events:
Thursday 25 October 2018 - 6-8pm - BAWA Health & Leisure Club, Filton
Wednesday 28 November 2018 - 6-8pm - Ashton Gate Stadium, BS3
Plus more to be announced!

For further information, and to book your FREE place at an event, visit or call 0117 353 3042.

How to get the latest news from LinkAge

LinkAge provides a huge range of services, activities, events and connections for older people in many parts of Bristol. Some of you will already get information direct from LinkAge every month, but for those who don’t, their latest news bulletin is on the LinkAge website.

News this month includes a new Information Bulletin for older people in Hengrove and Whithurch, a new community hub for Jacobs Wells and Hotwells, cookery classes at Windmill Hill City Farm, meditation at the Beehive Centre in Whitehall, the forthcoming Knowle West Festival and lots more.

If you would like to see these regularly, you can also sign up from the LinkAge website to get future news bulletins straight into your inbox.

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Are you just about to retire or have you recently retired?

Do you want some time & a friendly environment to think about this new phase of your life? Would you like to feel more connected to your community?

BS3 Community Development and the University of Bristol will be working with ILOP, a local group focused on improving lives for older people.

BS3 Community, ILOP & the UoB are hosting a 6 session programme between October and December for people pre / post retirement living in or near BS3.

The sessions will be facilitated by 2 local retired people and groups will be no larger than 10.

Time will be spent considering the issues that are important to you & we will also find out about new opportunities & networks that are available locally.

If you or someone you know is interested, please contact
07753 636243 or
0117 9231039

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Free online Courses

Did you know free on line courses supplied by various universities are available? Topics include, languages, Stategies for Successful Ageing, Fashion Industry, Writing Fiction, William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Psychology etc. If you are interested the website is


Two research projects at Bristol University are looking for volunteers to take part. In both cases you will be rewarded with a £20 voucher.

The first project is looking at isolation and loneliness in older men with hearing loss. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Alex Vickery by email: or by phone on 0117 954 6773

The second project is comparing the performance of younger and older people in processing visual information, using a computer screen. If you are interested in participating in this study or would like further information, please contact Mehmet Uzun by emailing:

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Would you like to play a church organ?

We have been approached by Weston in Gordono Parochial Church Council who are bidding for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to restore their church organ. As part of this process, they are willing to make the church and organ available to aspiring organists or pianists. The instrument is single-manual and pedals with six stops, so it is not too daunting for a pianist. The church is open every day all day.

If you would like to take up this offer, please contact Roger Williams on 01275 872777


Invitation to attend a free talk

We have been invited to a free talk on Thursday 25th October between 6.30pm and 8pm. The talk will be given by local historian Gary Best about the haunting of the Wesley Family home, and the subsequent eighteenth century exorcism. The talk will take place in The New Room, John Wesley's chapel and will be followed by a tour of the museum. More details

If you are interested please contact Kate Rogers Tel: 0117 9264740 or email

Spaces are limited so you will need to contact Kate to book a place"


Attention - New Groups!

Do remember to check for new groups which may have started since you last looked. Click to GO THERE NOW! New ones get established quite regularly.


Zumba Toning in Bedminster

Some of you will know Marie Clifford (who is a U3A member) who teaches amazing Zumba exercise classes, including Zumba Gold specially geared for older people.

Marie is now offering Zumba Toning which combines dance with weight training.

This is NOT a U3A group. But U3A members may be interested in joining Marie's classes, which take place at the United reform Church Hall, West Street, Bedminster BS3 3PG, from 10.30 am on Thursdays, costing £5/4 each session.

For more information contact Marie on 0117 963 4104


Volunteering opportunities.

If you've offered what you feel you can to U3A and still have spare time, or are looking for something else, don't forget there are many, many reputable organisations looking for help.
Here are a couple who've specifically asked:-

~ Bristol Citizens Advice are seeking volunteers with good communication skills to train as advice workers. If you are potentially interested and would like to find out more please call Andy Steward on 0117 9268801 or e-mail to `

~ Oxfam Bookshop Cotham Hill could do with some willing, constant and reliable volunteers. If you are able to volunteer 4 hours either morning or afternoon; enjoy an infinite variety of books, donors and customers; please contact Simon Baines, Manager @ the bookshop on 01179 467 443.

~ Action Tutoring is an educational charity looking for the help and support of local volunteers in Bristol.
If you have a passion for helping pupils in their education, could tutor maths or English (with the help of our resource books!) and could spare just one hour a week then we would love to hear from you.
Please contact for more details on how to become a volunteer tutor!

~ Alive This is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of older people. If you could spare any time at all to help out at Katherine House on the Downs then please do contact Sara on Sara is particularly looking for a pianist to go into Katherine House for an hour or so each week.

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