Ealing

Requests

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

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Investigating the Impact of Social Cognition, Social Contact and Coping strategies, on loneliness and psychological distress in Older Adults during COVID-19 social distancing - a study from the University of East London

The study takes the form of an online survey, click on this link to access: COVID-19 Survey

The survey will ask people to complete several questionnaires about their wellbeing, coping strategies, and levels of social contact. The survey also asks people questions designed to measure their 'social cognition', which refers to a person's ability to understand other people's emotions and points of view. Anyone is welcome to complete the survey, so long as the are aged 70 or above.

The survey should take between 45 minutes and one hour to complete.
Participants are welcome to take breaks whilst they go through the survey, or to complete part of the survey and the come back to it a different day (the website will save their progress, as long as they return to the survey within 2 weeks).

The participant invite/information sheet, as well as the participant debrief letter is all incorporated into the online survey (the invite/information sheet appears on the first page of the survey, and the debrief letter appears on the final page of the survey).
Participants will not be paid for their time, but if participants leave their contact details on the survey, they will be entered into a prize draw to win one of two £50 Amazon vouchers.
If any participants have any questions or would like to discuss anything before deciding whether to take part, please email Amelia Presman, Trainee Clinical Psychologist.

The U3A is 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 Ealing U3A Committee 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 October 2020]

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Invitation to take part in online Cognitive Ageing research from Middlesex University, London

This invitation to participate in an online study is related to an ongoing programme of research on Cognitive Ageing by Middlesex University, London. This study is run by Maryam Al-Abdulla (PhD student and Principle Investigator) under the supervision of Dr Emma Ward.

The study aims to examine how different kinds of memory are affected by ageing, and how different types of cognitive (mental) processing affect memory. It is comparing the performance of healthy young adults (aged 18-30 years) and healthy older adults (aged 65 years and over), and also measuring changes over time.

The study is fully online and can be completed from the comfort of your own home. It will take approximately 20 minutes and as a gesture of appreciation you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of two £20 Amazon vouchers to spend online.

If you interested in taking part, please follow these steps:
- Read the Study Information sheet in detail, this has more information about eligibility requirements and what you will do during the study.
- Complete and return the Research questionnaire to the email address shown below. This is a brief screening of cognitive function and should take no longer than 5-10 minutes. Once your questionnaire is received, if you are eligible to take part, you will be emailed with a link and instructions to complete the online study. Please allow up to one week for the University to get back to you.
- The online study can then be completed by yourself at home in a quiet room when convenient to you. Please ensure you do this alone and when you have ample time. It is important that you do the study when you will not be disrupted, as once started the task cannot be paused or resumed later.

If you have any questions or would like further information before you decide whether to take part, please email Maryam Al-Abdulla (PhD student and Principle Investigator). Additionally, if you have friends/family that you think would be interested, please feel free to pass on this information.

The U3A is 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 Ealing U3A Committee 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 October 2020]

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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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