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The Friends of Alalay, our speakers in July, have emailed to say "It was very kind of U3A to make a donation for the work with the street children." If anyone would like a copy of their quarterly newsletter in order to learn more about their progress with the street children of Bolivia it can be downloaded from their website.
Bristol U3A has moved another step into the age of social media!
We now have a Facebook page. Take a look and if you are a member you will also be able to access a page where you can comment, add ideas and share news about your groups.
18th September: We the Curious - Is there anybody out there?
U3A members are invited to enjoy a day out with a difference. Every day another ‘earth-like’ planet is discovered somewhere in the universe. But how do we detect these ‘exoplanets’, could they support life and what might that life look like anyway? This exciting day starts with a 3D show in the incredible, full-dome Planetarium and in-between features three hands-on workshops. Cost: £22 For more information click on the link.
Opportunity to take part in research
Alex Willcox is a PhD student at the University of Bristol and is planning to run an experiment investigating motor skill and aiming ability over the next couple of weeks/months. If any member is interested in taking part or would like more information email Alex or phone on 07495 821 940.
If you have ever wanted to try Nordic Walking, Bristol Nordic Walking is prepared to offer U3A members a free 30 minute taster session up on the Downs. Contact Ros and let her know you are a U3A member. No commitment to sign up for lessons but if you enjoy it you can look at their Beginners Workshops.
New post-basic Spanish group in Clifton Village proposed
Ken Booth is seeking others who have a working knowledge of basic Spanish and who wish to practice and move forward to the next level, hopefully starting in September. He says "in the absence of teachers/leaders for this purpose, I propose we set up a self-help group using the BBC’s ‘Active Languages’ material and that we work our way forward a step at a time.
I propose weekly meetings until we get established and are happy with the pace of our learning. The group would self-fund book or CD purchases and be able to print other documentation downloaded from the BBC Website."
Two-hourly meetings would be at his home in Clifton Village, served by numbers 8 and 505 bus, but could also be held at others' homes. Suggested days and times - Wednesdays 10:30–12:30 or Thursdays 2:30–4:30.
Ken proposes an initial meeting to establish the amount of interest and the level from which they should start. If you are interested email Ken indicating your day/time preference or phone him on 07970 177476
Would you like to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable women in Bristol?
Missing Link is a charity that delivers women-only mental health, housing, domestic abuse and sexual violence services. We are looking for female volunteer receptionists to be the first point of contact for visitors to our office in Queen Square. You will be part of a friendly team and will play an important part in making our visitors and clients feel welcome. Telephone experience is desirable but full training will be provided. Shifts are 4 hours, either morning or afternoon, and ideally we are looking for volunteers who can cover 1 shift per week, or 1 every 2 weeks. Please email Rosa Watkin or phone her on 0117 925 1811 for more information.
There are many ways you can help the Bristol U3A - if you have time or skills you can offer please do get in touch with a member of the Committee. However, if you STILL have spare time, or are looking for something else, there are many reputable organisations looking for help. The Volunteering Opportunities page lists some organisations which have specifically asked for help.
Bristol U3A Newsletters
If you are a member you will soon be able to download and read the recent Newsletters here - you will need a login and password and this will shortly be sent out to all members. Meanwhile if you would like the username and password please email the Website Editor with your membership number and they will be sent to you.