This page contains requests for help that Ealing U3A has received from various organisations.


As some of you may know, Ealing Green Church hosts a night shelter for six Thursday nights in January/February. This is in coordination with several other church halls in Ealing. Homeless people referred to us from a number of agencies are welcomed, offered a cooked meal and some companionship, a bed in a safe environment and breakfast the following morning in our church hall.

We are looking for volunteers to replace those who have moved away. Generally the shifts are a few hours, roughly 18.00 - 22.00, 22.00 - 02.30, 02.30 - 06.30, and 06.30 - 09.00. We are particularly looking for anyone willing to consider helping the others on the overnight shifts (awake from lights out for a few hours and then having a camp bed of their own in a separate room for the rest of the night).

Our volunteers are from all walks of life and are not necessarily Christians or Church Members. The camaraderie amongst volunteers and guests is pleasantly upbeat. The evening meal available to volunteers is prepared by experienced chefs (all volunteers) and I think you will find it one of the most enjoyable opportunities to volunteer and see the results of your work.

Please consider if you have time for a few hours over Thursday evening/Friday mornings for six weeks at the beginning of next year - it doesn’t have to be every week. Let myself (Lee) or Sarah in the church office have your details or any questions. A signup sheet will be placed in the foyer soon. Thank – You!!

My name is Lee and I can be reached through unitymagazine@hotmail.com

[Request posted 29 October 2019]


Researchers from the University College, London are looking for adult volunteers aged 65+ to participate in a Research study on AGE-RELATED CHANGES in ATTENTION and MEMORY.

In the experiment you will take part in a simple computer-based task and complete some brief cognitive tests/questionnaires. The duration of the tests is approximately 1 hour, and compensation of £7.50 will be paid for participation in this research.

If you are wish to participate in this research, or would like more information, please get in touch with
Dr Chiara Scarampi, email: c.scarampi@ucl.ac.uk or phone 020 7679 1199. Full details of this research study can be found in the attachments - Research poster UCL and Research Information Sheet.

DISCLAIMER from U3A National Office
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 and we are not endorsing or promoting the research study in any way. U3A has not undertaken any checks or due diligence on the relevant department or the study 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 member of U3A). 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 14 October 2019]


VOLUNTEERS needed for Thursday morning Chairs rota
Request from Ealing U3A Committee

We still need a few more volunteers to put chairs out before our Thursday morning talks.

Volunteers work in teams of 4, and are asked to arrive at Ealing Green Church by 9.30 a.m on the days they are on duty. They are responsible for putting out the chairs, tables, and screen before the lecture, and for putting them away again. There is usually help putting the chairs away at the end of the morning.
Each team is only needed once a month, and if we get enough volunteers, this might be reduced to once every 5 weeks. The rota is drawn up well in advance, and we quite understand that people may sometimes be away and unable to take their shift.

If you feel you could help, please get in touch with Ed Baker who now co-ordinates this rota - contact him via the Chairs Rota link - or speak to Ed or to Sylvia Stirling, Ealing U3A Secretary on a Thursday morning.

[Request updated September 2019]


Volunteers for HEARING STUDY at the Ear Institute, University College London - study run by the University College London Hospitals, Ear Institute, Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London.

The Ear Institute are looking for volunteers of 50+ years of age who have no previous or known problems with their hearing or who would have been diagnosed with age-related hearing loss (and may or may not wear hearing aids).

The participation will involve attending UCL Ear Institute for a one-off visit during which clinical hearing tests will be performed. These will include standard hearing tests (commonly performed in the community audiology setting), specialised hearing tests that are performed in specialist/dedicated hearing clinics, and hearing questionnaires. We will provide feedback on your hearing.

The visit may take between 2 and 3 hours. We will ensure that appropriate break times are included and will provide refreshments for the participants during the visit. We will provide a flat fee of £15 towards travel expenses (without receipts) for participants who live in London/Greater London area. We will reimburse standard class tickets for participants who are travelling from outside of London (subject to receipts) and will provide a flat fee of £15 towards travel expenses and refreshments in London.

The participants will not need to undergo MRI tests.

If you are able to help us with this study, or would like more information, please get in touch with
Dr Natallia Kharytaniuk (PhD Research Student) at n.kharytaniuk@ucl.ac.uk or telephone 07539 465486.

This request has been approved by the Ethics group of London Region U3A

[Request posted 20 September 2019]