Since the beginning of Lockdown when our meetings, large and small, suddenly came to an end, I have been enormously encouraged by the resilience and drive to keep in touch, keep learning and support one another, that has been happening in Croydon. Some Group Leaders are running their meetings on zoom, many are sending out regular emails with activities, links to online resources, quizzes and book suggestions. Many members without access to the internet are receiving regular phone calls.
The Committee decided to double the output of Bulletins to help members keep in touch. From being a document which publicised outings and events we had very little 'news'. Members have been brilliant in supplying articles of great interest, variety and relevance, and the document's new content is a big plus. We are now approaching a trial General Meeting using zoom, with the hope that this will enable the learning of new topics to continue, develop members' technological skills and enable some members who couldn't normally attend in person, to take part.
In the recently released National U3A video about Coping with Lockdown, Croydon features quite a few times. The film demonstrates the way members all over the UK are doing their best to get on with life even in very difficult circumstances.
Croydon U3A is alive and well; we might be isolating but we are not isolated.
We don't know when things will be back to some 'new normal' but we are here Learning, Laughing and Living.
My message is look after yourself, and keep in touch with and look out for your U3A friends.
Very Best Wishes