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Requests

This page contains requests for help that Ealing U3A itself requires or that we have received from various organisations.

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Request from ROYAL COLLEGE of ART/IMPERIAL COLLEGE, London for participants in a Research Project on DESIGNING the FUTURE of the THIRD AGE

David Harris (a researcher at the Royal College of Art) is leading a research project that is exploring opportunities to create innovative design solutions in the digital space for people transitioning from full-time work into retirement or semi-retirement. They are looking for research participants who would like to be involved in the design process by sharing personal experiences and providing feedback on prototypes. Sessions will run 15 March 2021 – 15 April 2021 via Zoom / video conference.

What the project is about
Retirement is a major life transition. Through a human-centred approach, we are engaging people to better understand how they prepare for retirement, what steps they take to adjust to the new normal and any thoughts, emotions and concerns experienced during the transition. The aim is to develop a comprehensive view of the things that matter to people at this stage in life and create digital design concepts (e.g. visual interfaces, mobile apps, voice interactions, web platforms, games) that empower people to make the most of the opportunities that post-retirement life provides.

Requirements
We ask participants to meet one of the following criteria. If you know anyone within or outside of U3A who qualifies and may be interested in participating, please feel free to pass on details or this Information Sheet.
- You are considering stopping full-time work in the next 5 years to enter retirement/semi-retirement
- You have stopped full-time work in the last 3-4 years and are now

  • Semi-retired – you have left full-time work, but you have a regular paid or unpaid position (e.g. part-time job, self-employed, freelance, volunteer role, etc)
  • Fully retired

For further information, and to participate in the research, you are invited to join a 45 - 60 minute session: please follow the link - Designing for the Future. Alternatively, you can email David by clicking on David Harris.

David Harris
Royal College of Art

STATEMENT from u3a
We are often asked to publicise research studies and trials to our members. Where we do so it is because we believe it may be of interest to you although we are not endorsing or promoting the research study in any way. The u3a has not undertaken any checks or due diligence on the relevant department or the study itself and accepts no liability whatsoever if you decide to agree to participate. If you choose to take part in any study, you do so at your own risk and in your own capacity (and not as a u3a member). You should make sure that you understand all the risks associated with any study before you sign up and ensure that you understand the time commitment, any restrictions and possible side effects. You should also ensure that you will be insured as part of the study.

[Request posted March 2021]

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Request from BRUNEL UNIVERSITY for participants in a Research Project on PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS of BALANCE

Dr. Toby Ellmers (a researcher at Brunel University, in Uxbridge) is currently conducting an online research project to explore how psychological factors, such as anxiety, influence balance. These results will inform new NHS strategies to reduce the risk of falls. Participating in this Online research will take approximately 10-15 minutes, and will involve answering questions regarding health, balance, and anxiety. All responses will be completely anonymous. As long as you are aged 40 or above, you are eligible to participate.

For further information, and to participate in the research, please follow the link - Balance Awareness. Alternatively, you can email Toby by clicking on Toby Ellmers.

Toby Ellmers PhD
Honorary Research Fellow - Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience
College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

STATEMENT from u3a
We are often asked to publicise research studies and trials to our members. Where we do so it is because we believe it may be of interest to you although we are not endorsing or promoting the research study in any way. The u3a has not undertaken any checks or due diligence on the relevant department or the study itself and accepts no liability whatsoever if you decide to agree to participate. If you choose to take part in any study, you do so at your own risk and in your own capacity (and not as a u3a member). You should make sure that you understand all the risks associated with any study before you sign up and ensure that you understand the time commitment, any restrictions and possible side effects. You should also ensure that you will be insured as part of the study.

[Request posted March 2021]

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VOLUNTEERS drivers required for Ealing Food bank

Ealing Food bank are on the look out for new drivers. Anyone interested needs to be fit and able to lift and must have a large capacity car or van and be available ideally on a weekly basis, although if there are enough volunteers they should be able to work on a rota.

The Warehouse Co-ordinator is Hilary Padmore and anyone interested should contact her on her mobile or her email.
Hilary Padmore
Warehouse Coordinator
Ealing Foodbank
Mobile: 07802 560469
Email: hilary@ealing.foodbank.org.uk

In particular, at the moment, they are looking for a driver who is available on a Wednesday morning on a regular basis to collect from Morrisons in Acton and deliver to the Food bank depot at St Mellitus Church, Hanwell. The person who has been doing this run has been on furlough but is returning to work in September.

[Request posted August 2020]

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