Eu3a News

Note: Up-coming Eu3a events are listed on the Events page. This page provides news that may be of general interest.

[23 May 2021]: Help Required with Brain Health Study
Rebecca Townsend, a PhD student at Queen’s University, Belfast is seeking volunteers to complete a short online survey aimed at developing a better understanding of perceptions and lifestyle habits relating to brain health in adults over 40. The results could be used to develop strategies to promote healthy brain ageing. . The study has been ethically approved by the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Queen’s University.
If you would like to help by completing the survey, please contact Rebecca at

[24 April 2021]: Volunteers Required to Help with Patient Transport Services
St John Scotland provides Patient Transport in several regions of Scotland for people attending oncology and renal clinics. All patients are referred by the Scottish Ambulance Service or an NHS clinic, and volunteer drivers collect passengers from their homes at a pre-arranged time, take them to their appointments and return them home afterwards.
It is hoped to extend the service to Edinburgh, where renal patients will be taken to and from the Western General and Royal Infirmary. The aim is to recruit drivers and coordinators, with a planned starting date in summer 2021.
This is a long-term commitment role that requires great communication skills and an outgoing and welcoming personality. If you would like to help, please contact the St John Volunteer Development Officer Katie Barrick katie.barrick@stjohnscotland.org.uk

[4 Mar 2021]: Scottish u3a offers its members a chance to become involved in Glasgow's international climate conference COP26 this coming November. Please download the Countdown to COP flyer for more information or contact Ann Keating at ann.keating@u3a.org.uk.

[3 Mar 2021]: A number of Scotland-wide groups have formed (and continue to be formed) under the auspices of "u3a Online Across Scotland". These are open to members from Edinburgh and from any other Scottish u3a.

[13 Nov 2020]: Website "rebranded" with u3a's new logo and style. The new logo (described in detail in 76 pages of brand guidelines) presents its abbreviated name in small case letters instead of capitals.

[25 Oct]: The "With-Drawing" Art Competition for Scottish u3a members attracted 92 entries from all over Scotland. These lively and varied pieces were exhibited at the Custom House Gallery, Leith between 19th to 23rd October. Photos of the paintings can be viewed at http://www.photog3a.org.uk, thanks to Sonia Duffy.

[19 Jul]: Citadel Arts Group are a community theatre group who create and perform plays, many about the lives and memories of older people. During the lockdown their members have written and produced a series of six audio plays, performed by professional actors and with EU3A member Stewart Emm as sound engineer. They will be released weekly from Monday 6 July on www.citadelgoesviral.com. The first play, ‘The Duchess of Kirkaldy’ by Alan Mountford, features Mark Kydd. In it, a man awaits a train at Aberdour Station. He recalls a woman he loved - and a Beatles song. Citadel would very much welcome feedback on the plays from EU3A members which can be posted directly onto their web page.

[14 Jul]: New u3a Shared Learning Project - this is a three-year project being funded by the Wellcome Trust to undertake research into postal workers' health in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Please click on the link to download information about it. Members interested in participating are invited to contact Ann Keating at vicechair@edinburghu3a.org.uk.