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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:


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

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.


Opportunity to participate in eye-tracking research

Researchers in the School of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol are conducting a mobile eye-tracking study, looking at how we use vision while walking and how this may contribute to falls. They are currently recruiting participants over the age of 65, and would like to extend an invitation to U3A members! Visits take roughly 1 hour to complete, and involve several short walks around the University of Bristol campus. This study will be running until mid-September 2018.

If you are interested in helping them better understand why falls happen while experiencing eye-tracking technology, please contact lead experimenter Nick Souter by calling 07789737303 or emailing


Gardens Group Outing

There are a few seats left on the coach to Througham Court and Miserden on Tuesday 28th August. Cost £37 per head. Please email for more information


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!

10/07/18 JEP

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