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Many organisations are realising the potential of U3A websites to reach thousands of U3A members both locally and nationally.

We receive requests from other organisations to show on our website their activities, surveys, research and other events in which our members are invited to participate.

This page will show those requests which we think you may be interested in.

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A request from Tempany Morgan


I am a PhD Student based at Nottingham Trent University who is researching social prescribing and the development of a community prescribing toolkit.
The toolkit will be designed to improve the connection process to community groups in social prescribing, by increasing the chances that people are connected to groups that they feel they can belong to and identify with.
This is based on research that shows how being a member of a group can improve our health and wellbeing if certain dynamics are met, like if the group is meaningful to the person who gets connected to it, if the person feels they belong to the group and if the group fits or matches the persons needs and that person also matches the group too, to avoid disrupting the group.

I am looking to talk to people who may have been connected to local groups by their GP, a health professional or a social prescribing link worker. This will involve talking about how they were connected, whether they felt the connection was a good match, if they felt welcomed by the group and what they thing needs to be considered in the future if people are going to be connected to local groups. This chat/interview will last no more than 1 hour and will take place over the phone or over Microsoft Teams.

I am also looking to talk to a couple of group leaders too about their group and how they would welcome new members into the group.
I have recruitment flyers that I can provide, which has my contact details on, so that people can get in touch with me directly if they wish to take part. If you are interested in this research and think you can help with sharing the recruitment flyer with your members, I would greatly appreciate it.

Kind Regards,


If you would like to help please reply to Tempany Morgan:


Do you like to draw? sharpen your pencils and read this introduction from Jamie Boots...

My name is Jamie Boots and I am a pencil artist based in the UK specializing in wildlife art,
I am often asked to speak to or demo at local art societies.
In view of the current situation I have set up a You Tube Channel, which I have been meaning to do for a long time and intend to upload 2 videos a week including a tutorial.

Over the past couple of months I have uploaded 12 videos to You Tube.

The videos uploaded so far include a series of 5 videos on How to draw a Meerkat i.e. the Initial Sketch, the eye and shading, the fur etc.,
a new series that I have just started on How to draw a Tiger face as well as general videos about the materials that I use for my art work.

Link: Jamie Boots Introduction

Jamie Boots.


Could you help the NSPCC?

A message from Katie Bannister.

I am the Childline Volunteer Coordinator at the NSPCC in Nottingham.

Childline offers a confidential phone and online counselling service for children and young people.

This service is available 365 days a year to support children and young people whatever their worry or concern, whether it is bullying, abuse, self-harm or family relationships.

We have a fantastic team of volunteer counsellors who provide support, comfort and advice to anyone who has made contact.

We are currently looking to engage more volunteers to help us reach more young people.
If possible, it would be great to talk to your members about our work and how they could get involved if they wish.

More details about this opportunity can be found on our website: NSPCC VOLUNTEERS

Many thanks,

Katie Bannister

U3A Day - Lets Start Again

(from the June national newsletter)_

It has been agreed that our first national U3A Day - celebrating the learning, activity and fun of U3A - will be relaunched for Wednesday 2 June 2021.

Trustee Sue Stokes said, "We had hoped that we could celebrate U3A Day in 2020 but the continued uncertainty in lockdown as to whether activities could be undertaken led to a re-think.

"It is part of Volunteer Week and an opportunity to celebrate our activities, our contribution to the local community and the innovative ways members have responded to the restrictions under lockdown".

  • Any grants received for U3A Day activities should be ringfenced and used for the 2021 event.

Click on this link: News at the Third Age to read the latest and previous National U3A newsletters.


Virtual film group

Is anyone interested on starting a Virtual Film Group ?

Read this suggestion from Paul Martinez:

"For the attention of your Film/Cinema interest group convenor or your Interest Group Coordinator, if you don’t have a Film/Cinema group yet.
Virtual Film/Cinema Groups during the lockdown
To our shame, we haven’t had a Film or Cinema group at Carlton and Gedling U3A. Nearly all of us have computers and many of us love films and there a many significant films available for free on YouTube and on BBC iPlayer.
So this could be a great time to set up a virtual Film/Cinema group.
I see that there are around 20 U3As with Film groups in the Notts Network and I would be grateful for any tips and wheezes about how to start one up virtually.
My thoughts so far are:
• We can run the group admin through Beacon
• I select a film available on YouTube/iPlayer.
• I send out a link to the film and to at least one article about the film.
• We watch the film and then meet over the internet using Zoom to discuss.
• If members don’t want to, or can’t, join the Zoom meeting, they can email me their thoughts and ideas and I will circulate them before the Zoom meeting.
• If I can persuade someone to take notes of the meeting I will, but I’m not proposing to do this myself.
So, if you have any tips or suggestions, please email me (
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Paul Martinez"


Dear Members, I hope you are all keeping well!
Jane Atkins, contacted me yesterday as she had received an email from the founder PoetryGeneration.
We both thought this might be of interest to you, our members, during lockdown and isolation. Even if you don't write poetry I am sure you will find the videos entertaining.
Stay safe
Stay Healthy
Stay At Home!

Kind regards
Linda, Chairperson.

Read on, Visit the website, it is fun and might encourage you to do something similar for your Grandchildren.

Hi there,

I am a journalist and author, and a couple of weeks ago I set up a project called PoetryGeneration after my four year old son asked my mum to record a video of herself reading the poem he likes her to read him, so he could watch it at home given they cannot see each other due to coronavirus isolation.

Every day I upload a video of an older person in coronovirus isolation reading a poem - my mum reading my songs favourite was the first one. The idea is to keep older people visible in a positive light as well as create a free library of poetry for all to enjoy.

Here is the website - Poetry Generation

We are also on Twitter (@poetryg2020) and Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube (@poetrygeneration)

Most of our contributors are normal people but we have also had a few celebrities - Sir Tony Robinson read one this week and before him we had the poets Ruth Padel and Bernard O'Donoghue.

I am actively seeking new submissions and wondered whether you could forward this to your members in case it is something to which they or their partner, relatives or friends might be interested in contributing.

All of the submission guidelines can be found here: Poetry Generation Guidelines

Many thanks in advance,

Ellie Levenson


Cancer Research UK for Nottinghamshire are looking for volunteers for fundraising, please read this request from Becky Elphick, it may be of interest to you.

"My name is Becky Elphick and I’m the Local Fundraising Manager for Cancer Research UK for Nottinghamshire.

I’m contacting you regarding an exciting volunteering opportunity that your members might be interested in.

Cancer Research UK works closely with a number of schools who raise money each year for life saving research through fundraising whether that’s dress-down days, taking part in one of our campaigns or signing up to run their very own Race For Life! With over 32,000 schools in the UK, schools can have a huge impact on the pioneering and vital work carried out by Cancer Research UK and as such we are currently looking to recruit a Volunteer Race For Life Schools Fundraising Co-ordinator.

Ideally we are looking for individuals who have experience of working with schools, colleges, Youth Groups however this isn’t necessary. We just need individuals who are confident, proactive, approachable, with high standards of integrity and who will be committed to work with each school over the school period, with the support of the Local Fundraising Manager.

This link: Race for Life Schools Local Fundraising provides more information about the role and I will be so grateful if you could promote this volunteer role to your members just to see if anyone is interested in supporting Cancer Research UK.

This is a flexible volunteering opportunity with support and training provided.

Thank you so much and if you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me on the number below or via the email address."

Becky Elphick - Local Fundraising Manager – Nottinghamshire
Tel:- 07771 945 726


Nottingham Trent University are offering Mobility Scooter training, read this leaflet: Mobility Scooter training to find out more. The University is also looking for volunteers to take part in a Mobility Scooter Study, click on the poster on the right to find out more, or contact Mobility Scooter Study


A message from Don Read

Hi, I am Don Read,I head the jazz group for the West Bridgford U3a, I have 60 years experience in the music business.
Armed with a song I composed in 1998 for the 25th anniversary of the local Leonard Cheshire home for the disabled,
I contacted various Dementia groups suggesting that the song,
"Home Is Where The Heart Is"# would be ideal for Dementia groups.
So far six groups have adopted the song. If you know of a Dementia group that might like to use the song please contact me...


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