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Exploring World Faiths 12th - 16th April
If you would like to learn more about some of the many faiths practised in Britain today, join one of the daily talks online from 10am - 11.30am. Organised by West Midlands u3a but open to all u3a members, there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss and ask questions. Register here to find more information and to book each individual session on Eventbrite.
French for Beginners
We are planning to start a new French group for beginners. It would be initially on Zoom, either on Wednesday or Friday from 2 to 4pm. Please email the language coordinator, indicating your interest and your preferred day.
Need help using Zoom to run your group?
National u3a are offering Zoom tutorials - their "Hosting meetings for Groups" sessions run on a Monday and Thursday while "Introduction to Zoom" runs the rest of the week. Register for a tutorial here. A new FAQ page on Zoom is now available on the national u3a website. You can also book bespoke Zoom tutorials using the National Virtual Tutorial Request Form. This is particularly helpful for support with a group that needs more encouragement. You will need to have a minimum of 10 participants.
Climate Change and Sustainability - New members needed!
This Zoom based group needs a few more members to keep conversations wide ranging and fresh. Last time they talked about sustainable farming - both locally and globally. The group learned about farming practices using drones and chemistry to improve soil in Australia, rice growing without paddy fields, food supply chains and organic vegetable growing, sharing knowledge and ideas in an informal conversation. Next time the group will focus on sustainable energy, and could then move on to anything on an initial list of topics including water use, food waste, packaging and pollution. Once lockdown is over, members have had their vaccines and can meet up again, they plan visits out together, maybe to an organic farm or a wildlife centre, but also intend to maintain Zoom meetings in order to remain accessible to everyone.
South West Region Newsletter
The first 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.
We Are Bristol Helpline
A dedicated free telephone hotline has been launched in Bristol to help the city’s most vulnerable citizens during the coronavirus pandemic.
The We Are Bristol support phone number – 0800 694 0184 – is now live and is free to use. It will offer a potential lifeline to isolated and worried residents across the city.
Call handlers are available from 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays to provide support for people with a wide range of needs, including obtaining food supplies, other essential items and medication. They can also help arrange follow-up support with different organisations.
LinkAge has rounded up the latest advice on staying healthy and happy while you self-isolate during the Covid-19 pandemic. They have tried to stay relevant to the Bristol area where possible. Please note the advice may change rapidly.
Age UK Bristol has set up a Helpline and the number is 0117 929 7537.
Bristol u3a Newsletters
If you are a member you can download and read recent Newsletters here. If you have forgotten the username or password contact the Website Editor with your membership number.