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Potential new interest groups - last updated 13/01/2022

Here are some proposed new groups - further details can be found in recent newsletters or use the links below to email for more information.

Money Matters - Are you interested in all things financial? If so there are three members already keen to join a new group. This could be in person or on Zoom and the group would need a leader. If you are interested do please contact Judy.

Tree Huggers Unlimited - Tim would like to start a group for tree-lovers/nemophilists/dendrologists/dendrofiles - take your pick! Starting in mid March – more details will follow. The main activity will be visiting and sharing our response to interesting trees (large and small) in and around Bristol. Our responses may be scientific, ecological, artistic or even spiritual. It will all depend on the interests of the group who will share ideas about where we explore. Starting gently with one outing a month, mid-week and not involving significant travel to the start point. Contact Tim.

Political Discussion - Are you incensed/fascinated/interested in the political world today? If so, there are several like- minded U3A members who would like to join a discussion group in the Henleaze area. This could be a virtual group, meeting via Zoom, or if the members prefer they could meet in a comfortable venue. Contact Judy.

Knit and Natter - A brand new group for those who can knit and those who would like to learn. We will meet in cafes and similar public venues to share our skills and our patterns, and help those who can only manage a mile long scarf! Contact Judy.

Choral Group - Roger Clements, a trained vocalist and musician, would like to hear from anyone interested in joining a group which hopes to meet at the Beechwood Club on a day to be agreed (apart from Tuesdays). Bus 5, 17 and 48A go the Fishponds Park. Phone Roger if you are interested on 0117 9654758.

Comedy and Humour Group - starting March 2022, in a venue in North Bristol. Most likely monthly on the first Tuesday in the afternoons. This group will look at the history of comedy, and will watch a couple of DVDs then discuss what we have seen. We may occasionally have a speaker, perhaps a script writer, who will chat about their work. Members will be invited to share their ideas about the DVDs and topics we study. Contact Kristian Perrett or John Willis.

Social Group for members living in and around Henleaze - this group will not hold regular meetings. Instead members will keep in touch using WhatsApp. They will be encouraged to organise social activities, such as coffee in a cafe or pub, lunch at a new restaurant, a walk, or a trip to National Trust properties. The list is endless. For more information or if you would like to join this group contact Shirley Gladwin and tell her your mobile number.

Tap Dancing - Depending on the level of interest, this could be either a mixed ability group or a Beginners group plus a group for members who have tapped before. Probably weekly or fortnightly, in either Downend or Fishponds. Contact Veronica.

Evening Live Performance group – If you interested in performing live music there is a plan to start an evening “open mic” group on Zoom (possibly Friday or Thurs) for members interested in developing their skills in a supportive environment where we perform and learn together. Unlike folk clubs, there would be no restrictions on the kind of material we perform, and if you want to go semi-acoustic that’s OK as well. Contact John Beveridge if you are interested in joining as a performer, an audience member or someone to help him with the admin.

Flower Arranging - We hope to start this group in the spring. Just think of the joy in arranging the fabulous array of spring flowers. No particular knowledge will be needed. Members will learn from each other, books and on-line tutorials. Contact Judy.

Badminton - possible venues would be Easton Leisure Centre or St Paul's Academy, both of which are central and have parking. Contact Cheryl.

Rummikub - There are two types of Rummikub. One is a game similar to scrabble but much more fun, and the other is based on numerals and is also great fun. Contact Fiona if you are interested in joining these new groups in Longwell Green.

Studying Ancient Greek Philosophy - contact Bea Hansen.

A Russian Language Group - contact Hilda Ball, the Language Groups Coordinator


Did you retire shortly before or during the pandemic?

A 3rd Year medical student at the University of Nottingham is looking to recruit participants for his dissertation research project. He would like to interview people over 60 to learn more about their experiences of retiring during the pandemic. Interviews to take place via phone call, video call or in person. If interested contact Khaleah Lewis-Vaike.



Volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society runs a volunteer companionship service which matches people living with dementia in Bristol to volunteers who have a shared interest. The aim of the service, called Side by Side, is to support people living with dementia to retain hobbies and stay connected with their community.

The Society is hoping to recruit more volunteers. They will support the befriender and the person with dementia to meet and engage in an activity. This could include a walk in the park, visit to a local museum/garden, going for a bike ride or for a coffee and a chat in a local coffee shop or at home. For more information, get in touch with Sarah Swift, the Coordinator, at or 07821824630.

The Alzheimer's Society is also currently recruiting Group Support Volunteers to help support their Activity Group and Memory Cafe which are held monthly.



Volunteering opportunities with Oxfam

During these uncertain times Oxfam’s work to tackle global poverty is more vital (and more challenging) than ever before. They are looking for volunteers to help raise money in their Bristol shops to support and empower some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. There are a range of roles to suit all interests at their 3 standard shops, 4 bookshops and their specialist online shop. Whether you crave the hustle and bustle of a busy shop floor, or prefer a quieter office-like environment, there is the perfect role for you. For more information and to apply please contact Morgan Kuivala at

Here is a link to the volunteering page on the Oxfam website too. There you can find out more about volunteering for Oxfam and can apply directly to any specific shop (or other Oxfam project) if you prefer to go direct.



Dementia Volunteer Mentor Roles

Do you have lived experience of caring for someone with dementia? Could you help another unpaid carer by sharing your experience? Can you regularly spare 2-3 hours (Monday to Friday, daytime)either weekly or fortnightly?

The Carers Support Centre is looking to recruit Dementia Volunteer Mentors who will offer 1-2-1 support to carers who are new to their caring role following a recent diagnosis, or who may be struggling in their caring role.

The support will be via telephone, Zoom or even email (to suit the carer). The sessions will be goal focused and volunteers will receive specific training around Goal Planning & Problem Solving using a CBT based approach. Induction, on-going training and support and phone expenses will be provided. Successful applicants will need to provide two references.

For more information, contact Debi Amor, Mentoring Support Worker on 07716 288407 or email



South West Region Newsletter

The October edition of the South West Region's bi-monthly newsletter is now available. Inside you'll find useful information about upcoming training on how to run hybrid meetings (face to face meetings with a Zoom option for those unable to attend in person) plus an insight into how the central office plans to celebrate 40 years of u3a in the UK.

The South West Region covers the counties/areas of Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands, so is the largest geographical Region in England. It consists of 133 u3as, some large, some very small. Most of them also come together to meet with other local u3as in one of 15 Networks where they can share ideas, help each other solve problems and organise joint activities.



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