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Potential new interest groups
Here are some proposed new groups - further details can be found in recent newsletters or use the links below to email for more information.
Curry Group - A group aimed at people who like making and eating curries. The making is important, preferably from basic ingredients, not ready-made sauces. A chance to research and try out new recipes, or introduce others to old favourites. Having made your dish, we will meet up at member’s homes in turn to share our creations. The host provides plates, cutlery, rice, naans, pickles, etc. The meetings will be at lunchtimes. On occasions we will also visit Indian restaurants which could be in the evening. The group will be limited to 10 people - contact Roger Saxon
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 and a new French for Beginners Group - contact Hilda Ball, the Language Groups Coordinator
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 debiA@carerssupportcentre.org.uk
South West Region Newsletter
The August edition of the South West Region's bi-monthly newsletter is now available. The South West 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.
Bristol u3a Newsletters
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