Coronavirus Government Advice

The symptoms of coronavirus are a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath. But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness, since they are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

So general hygiene rules apply:

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
• Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
• Wash hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
• Do not touch your face if your hands are not clean.

Extra Phone/Tablet/Computer Help

If you’ve got a problem with your phone, tablet or computer you can come to our computer help desk at our U3A monthly drop-in sessions at the Coro (last Tuesday of the month, 10 to 11:30am), but we sometimes have a queue and run out of time to help everyone. So it’s worth knowing that computer help is also available at local libraries, which might be better for you if the next drop-in is too long to wait: -
The Barrow library webpage says that Barrow main library (Ramsden Square) have daily IT sessions where you can learn how to do various IT things or ask for IT help with any problems you have, as well as a Thursday Silver Surfers session. Ring them (01229 407370) to find out more and book.
The Barrow Library Facebook page also says that Walney Library will be hosting free IT help for your smartphone, tablet or laptop on Monday June 10th. To book, call Walney Library on 01229 471742.
Ulverston Library has a very knowledgeable and friendly volunteer called Chris, who holds a weekly IT help session on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm. And Age UK also run IT drop-in sessions at Ulverston Library, on the first and second Thursdays of each month from 10:30am until 12. Ring them (01229 404151) to find out more.
Dalton Community Association is planning drop-in computer help sessions in their computer suite in the Community Centre Drill Hall] on Nelson Street. Contact DCA for details – 01229 463929.

TV Licences for over-75s

As most will know, the existing system of TV licences being free to over-75s is ending, unless you receive pension credit. So, starting in August, TV Licensing will be writing to everyone who currently has a free licence, There’sn o need to do anything until you receive their letter – for full details see tvlicensing.co.uk/generalnotice

Handy Person Scheme

Some households can benefit from a handy person service. It helps elderly or vulnerable people carry out very simple but essential work at their homes.

It is free except for the cost of materials. This is unless materials have been supplied by a partner agency (as in the case of some security items). Follow this link to find out details - Handy Person Scheme

Reduced railcard cost for people using hearing aids

If you use a hearing aid you are eligible to apply for a Disabled Persons Railcard, saving £10 on the cost of a Senior Railcard. Follow this link to find out details - Disabled Persons Railcard

Northern Explorer 55 ticket

Northern rail run our local train services and have recently introduced new and bigger trains and more through services to Manchester and the airport. And I recently discovered that they offer a little known “Explorer 55” day ranger ticket that gives a good discount to anyone age 55 or over. It’s only £15 and is valid for one day of unlimited travel after 9:30am, on all Northern train services in their North West region. This covers the Cumbria Coast line from Carlisle to Barrow, the Furness line to Lancaster and on to Preston, Manchester (and beyond to the airport, Buxton, Edale), plus services to Liverpool, Chester and lots more places. So even if you’ve a railcard (which you don’t need for this ticket) it’s the cheapest option for a day trip to Manchester unless you want to get an earlier train. And if you do want an earlier start then if you’ve not got a railcard it’s probably still a pretty good option, by combining with a single to wherever that earlier train first stops after 9:30.
For full details see Northern Explorer 55

Opportunities to join interest groups offered by Neighbouring U3As

Information about interest groups run by South Cumbria U3As can be found here: Groups run by South Cumbria U3A

N.B.Just a reminder that the U3A is an organisation run for the members by the members. If you would like to be part of a group which is not already offered, please consider starting one!

Setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)

This is a good idea for many people in their third age, so if you don't know much about them they're worth learning about. But if you already have already LPAs (or enduring powers of attorney - less common) and you registered them between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 then you are probably eligible for a refund of part of the application fee that you paid. The reason for the refunds is that the cost of administering LPAs has reduced as more people have been registering them in recent years, so in April 2017 the registration fee was reduced accordingly, and they've decided to also backdate some reductions a further 4 years before that. It’s easy to claim and the amount available is well worth it - see refunds for details and how to claim. Don’t know what LPAs are? They are pre-registered authorisations that say who you're happy to take over managing your affairs if (and not before) you became unable to make your own decisions. This certainly isn't something any of us want to happen, but if it does, then without an LPA already in place it's much, much more difficult for the people you trust to help you by managing your affairs for you. See Power of Attorney

The Priority Services Register (PSR)

This is a free service provided by energy suppliers and network operators to customers in need. Click on this link for more information Priority Services Register

Ulverston Leisure Centre run a range of Activities for the Over Fifties

These include swimming, circuits, walking netball and walking football. If you would like to find out more follow this link: Ulverston Leisure Centre