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EU3A News

Note: Up-coming EU3A events are listed on the Events page. This page provides news that may be of general interest.

10 Feb 2018: FameLab is the world’s leading science communications competition designed to engage and entertain. On Wednesday 14 February 2018, contestants from across Edinburgh will take to the stage, armed only with their wits and a few props - the result is an unpredictable, enlightening and exciting way to encourage your curiosity.

Edinburgh Napier University is delighted to host FameLab and would love EU3A members to join in for what promises to be an interesting and fun afternoon at the Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh Napier University, Colinton Road, EH14 1DJ - 3pm to 5pm (including a refreshment break). Free entry: see https://famelab2018edinburgh.eventbrite.co.uk

7 Feb 2018: "ACE IT" is a charity providing computer training for the over 50’s. We are currently looking to appoint new Trustees with a background in Commercial/Business, Information Technology, Finance or the Third Sector, to assist with the strategic development and growth of activities in the community across Edinburgh, promoting the quality of life for older people.
For further details see www.aceit.org.uk. Contact: jenny@aceit.org.uk.

16 Jan 2018: ZOO Memories: A request from Napier University with whom we are connected: We wish to invite members from the University of the Third Age to work with our BA Exhibition Design students to co-create a series of exhibition installations at Edinburgh Zoo, titled ‘Zoo Memories’. It is hoped that we can encourage U3A members to share their stories, memories and any artefacts relating to Edinburgh Zoo which students can document through a variety of presentation formats as a means to strengthen the institution’s cultural heritage status.

For further details see Zoo Memories page. Contact G.Seath@napier.ac.uk.

7 January 2018 - Moose in the Hoose – Helping Older People Communicate
This project run by ACE IT in Edinburgh uses volunteers to help people living in care homes keep in touch with friends and family by using email and Skype. For more details contact Terry Blair terry@aceit.org.uk 477 3883.

7 January 2018 - Shaw Trust
This national charity is looking for people who can run informal activities based on their hobbies, interests or pastimes for unemployed people. Taking up an activity ( e.g. a book, film or walking group, poetry, yoga, healthy eating, photography or art sessions) allows their clients the chance to develop new skills, meet new people and improve their confidence. More at https://shar.es/1TYEaK.

5 January 2018 - January 2018 edition of the U3A Scotland Newsletter has just been released and can be downloaded using the above link.

16 November 2017 - Can a new activity help our thinking skills as we age?
Research has suggested that engaging in an activity, especially one we've never done before, might help maintain our thinking and memory skills. A team at Heriot-Watt University are looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping them explore how and why that might happen. If you're aged 65 or over and live in the Edinburgh or Lothians, the team would like to hear from you. You can email HealthyAgeing@hw.ac.uk or call 0131 451 8009 to hear more.

16 November 2017 - The Mercators
This, one of Edinburgh's oldest amateur theatre groups welcomes new members. We are a small, friendly and informal group who usually meet on Monday evenings. Our productions are small scale – short plays for festivals and rehearsed readings. If you’re interested, view our web site or contact alanrichardson@clara.co.uk 0131 313 5040.

21 October 2017 - The SPRINGWELL GOLDEN VOICES CHOIR are looking for SOPRANOS as well as other singers to join a happy choir which meets every Thursday from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm in St Michael's Church Hall, Slateford Rd, EH11 1NX. Members are 55 years old and upwards. We sing all types of music - show songs, Scottish, light classics, international, chorale and much more - with the occasional concert to care homes, church groups and other organisations. Do come along and have a taster session. www.springwellgoldenvoices.org.uk

26 Sep 2017 - 3 Jan 2017 - the Morningside Justice & Peace organisation has released its Autumn 2017 talks programme which can be accessed through the above link. The organisation hosts talks on a wide variety of subjects Wednesday mornings during autumn and spring at the Open Door, 420 Morningside Road. Their meetings are open to all and consist of a short talk on a topic of national, international or local interest followed by questions and discussion.

20 Sep 2017 - Those who attended the Open Meeting this month were treated to a wonderful musical performance by two young players from "Live Music Now". "Live Music Now" is a charitable organisation that was set up by Yehudi Menuhin in the 1970s, and offers opportunities for young musicians to develop their talent by, amongst other things, gaining experience of performing before audiences. They welcome opportunities for giving live performances, so any U3A groups or members seeking musical accompaniment to meetings or events are encouraged to contact Live Music Now.

25 July 2017 - Edinburgh University Research
Masters students in psychology are seeking adults between the ages of 65 and 77 years old for a project involving tests and electrodes on the head. Two sessions in George Square are involved, with a payment of £15. Contact Maxime Kraus memory4words@gmail.com if interested.

25 July 2017 - Edinburgh Napier University Research
The University School of Health and Social Care, in conjunction with the International Longevity Centre - UK, are looking for people over 60 to join a pool of volunteers for various research projects. Email your name, address and phone to Dr Angela Kydd a.kydd@napier.ac.uk or ring 0131 455 3423.

25 July 2017 - Learn Together Scotland
Looking for volunteers over 50 to be based in local primary schools to support children with literacy, numeracy, outdoor play and even forest school. Jen Finnimore 622 7766

7 Jul 2017 - A memorandum of understanding was signed in April between Edinburgh U3A and Edinburgh Napier university. The memorandum commits both sides to work for the benefit of the other. Members of Edinburgh U3A will provide qualified experience, wisdom and help with Napier students, both from mentoring and other requests from Napier concerning student welfare. Edinburgh Napier University will in turn provide expert advice and help when requested for Edinburgh U3A learning and course construction. Access to Library and other facilities may be made available by agreement.

31 Mar 2017 - Call for Volunteers to join the Committee: Committee members are limited to serving no more than two three year terms, so there is an ongoing need for members to volunteer their services. Members who might be interested in joining the Committee are encouraged to click on the link to obtain further information about what's involved.

Dianne Savage has created a 25th Anniversary Newsletter containing several photos and summaries of the event. A selection of photos taken at the event by Eric Watt and Stewart Roberts is also presented below:

Welcome Jazz Dancers Group Discussion Lunchtime Group Leaders Singalong

5 Oct 2016: Edinbugh U3A has the largest membership of any U3As in Scotland and the third largest in the UK; our membership is now approaching 1800 and we offer over 160 activity groups for members to engage with. Whilst many groups are fully subscribed, many are not. Members interested in widening their knowledge or skills are encouraged to keep an eye on the Group Vacancies page of this website.