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



You will all be aware that for some years’ arrangements have been made for a series of 3 talks to be given between the end of the Spring Term and the start of the Autumn term and the subject relates to significant anniversaries throughout history.

This year we are looking to make a change and would wish more members to have the opportunity of undertaking this task. We would, ideally, request 3 different volunteers to be responsible for just 1 of the talks.

Further details of this request are given in the Summer Talks 2020 - Req for Arrangers document.


BOSTON MANOR HOUSE - Volunteers for a Shared Learning Project

We are asking for expressions of interest from 10 to 12 volunteers to undertake a research project into aspects of the history of Boston Manor House. Ella Marks, who has experience of U3A shared learning projects, has kindly said that she will be on hand to guide us.

Boston Manor House is currently undergoing refurbishment in order to open it to the public. It is expected that the results of the Ealing U3A research project will form part an exhibition at the Manor when it reopens in 2021, and our research report will be placed in the archives of Boston Manor House.

Further details of this project, including likely subjects for this research and how to volunteer are given in the Boston Manor SLP document.



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]


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]