Ellesmere Port

WELCOME TO ELLESMERE PORT & DISTRICT U3A

REGISTERED CHARITY NUMBER 1179163

Ellesmere Port University of the Third Age (U3A) is part of a national network of over 1000 U3As throughout the UK with a total membership of over 400,000. We are a self-help organisation for people no longer in full-time employment. We provide a range of social,educational and leisure activities in a friendly and welcoming environment. You do not need any qualifications to join, nor do we give qualifications. The emphasis is on learning for pleasure, having fun and meeting and making new friends.
See Video U3A in links side bar.

Currently, Ellesmere Port U3A has a membership of over 200 and we have a variety of interest groups providing activities including bowls, computer skills, drama, foreign languages and a walking group amongst a host of others.

We have a Members Meeting on the 1st Thursday of the month at 2pm in The Groves Sports and Social Club, Chester Rd, Whitby, doors open 1.30pm. There we have a guest speaker followed by refreshments and an opportunity to socialise with other members. Admission is £1.50 for members and £2 for visitors, if you are not a member but are interested and would like to know more about us you can come along to two members meetings before committing yourself.

Our interest groups meet in various locations and there you can use the skills and experience you have acquired in your working life to help others and benefit from the skills and experience of other group members. The important thing is that in doing so you enjoy yourself, have fun and make new friends.

We have a Social Committee that organises outings to theatres and places of interest throughout the local area and we have a Luncheon Club that arranges meals at local restaurants and hostelries.

Our annual subscription for 2019/20 is £10 and joining an interest group costs nothing or may involve a modest contribution. Do come along to one of our Members' Meetings to find out what we are about. You will be made most welcome.

CORONAVIRUS ADVICE •
In line with government advice we are formally suspending all U3A activities until further notice (this includes interest groups). If you know of a U3A member who is not on line it would be good if you could make them aware of this decision.
If you keep an eye on our website we will post information there regarding the restart of our activities.
Google: Ellesmere Port U3A
National Website; www.u3a.org.uk
Keep safe
Best wishes
Your Committee

Latest guidance for U3As 29 June 2020

r1.1Changes that come into effect on 4 July for the general public who are fit and well The government recommends that you keep two metres away from people as a precaution or from 4July, one metre plus when you can mitigate the risk by taking other precautions. These include:-
•Keep your distance from people outside your household
•Avoid being face-to-face with people if they are outside you rhousehold or support bubble
•Keeping your hands and face as clean as possible
•Keep indoor places well ventilated
•Avoid crowded spaces
•You should walk or cycle wherever possible. If you have to use public transport, you should try to avoid peak times.
•Wear face coverings on public transport and if you can, you should also wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing is limited and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
1.
1.2 Outdoors
When you are meeting outside you can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines[see 1.1]Government advice is that
•you should limit your interactions with people outside of your household or your support bubble (if applicable) as much as possible
•you should continue to follow strict social distancing guidelines
•you should take hygiene precautions by washing your hands as soon as you are home for at least 20 seconds , use hand sanitiser when you are out, use a tissue when sneezing and dispose of it safely and cough into the crook of your elbow
•you should only form a support bubble with one other household, should not change or add to your support bubble once formed, and must only form a support bubble with another household if you or they are in a single adult household
•you should access private gardens externally wherever possible –if you need to go through someone else’s home to do so, avoid touching surfaces and loitering
•you should avoid using toilets in other people’s home (outside of your support bubble) wherever possible and wipe down surfaces after every useyou should wipe down any surfaces or door handles people from outside of your household or support bubble come into contact with if walking through your home.t you keep
•you should avoid sharing plates and utensils with people outside of your household or your support bubble
The full guidance on meeting people outside of your household can be found here. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/meeting-people-from-outside-your-household#making-a-support-bubble-with-another-household

1.3 Indoors

Whether you are in your home or another persons home or in any indoor area that is now allowed to open you are restricted to meeting with one other household.
It is therefore unlikely that a U3A interest group could meet indoors as a result of the “only two households” restriction .Meetings of multiple households indoors is not permissible at this time because of the risk of creating greater chains of transmission.

1.4. People aged over 70 and those who are clinically vulnerable
When you are meeting outside you can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines [see 1.1]You should be especially careful and be diligent about social distancing and hand hygiene.

1.5. People who are extremely clinically vulnerable.
On the government website it advises that the advice for people in this group will change from 6thJuly. People in this category can meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing Note there will be further changes for this group in August.

TO ACCESS THE LINKS BELOW EITHER COPY AND PASTE INTO YOUR BROWSER OR HIGHLIGHT THE LINK RIGHT CLICK AND OPEN IN NEW TAB OR NEW PAGE. ALTERNATIVELY GO TO THE CLICK ON LINK IN THE LINKS SECTION

THE BRANCH NOW HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE- Ellesmere Port and District U3A -
https://www.facebook.com/groups/233354181218557/

Sign up here for the NATIONAL NEWSLETTER
https://www.u3a.org.uk/newsletter