Local History Group - 1st April 2020
The group are now planning to hold online video meetings. The next video meeting will be at 14:00hrs 7th May when the subject will be "Farming". So why not spend some time during April finding out what you can about farming near your home or in the Holderness area. Our Group Coordinator will be contacting group members with details of the meeting. New members are also welcome to join this meeting - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Holderness U3A Coronavirus Response - 17th March 2020
Due to the measures announced by the Government (16th March 2020) to address the risks arising from the Coronavirus epidemic, which requires the avoidance of all non-essential social contact, we regretfully have no option but to suspend all face to face meetings of U3A interest groups from this point forward. As such there will be no U3A meetings of the interest groups for the foreseeable future, until such time there is a relaxation of the Government guidelines. Monthly meetings are also suspended.
We realise this will come as a disappointment to all our U3A members but we trust you understand the reasons for taking such action is for the health and wellbeing or all our members, their family and friends. We look forward to resuming our full activities and meetings in, hopefully, the not too distant future and will communicate this to you at the appropriate time.
In the meantime the committee are looking at ways in which groups can continue to keep in touch and operate in some restricted form through use of social media and the internet so that we may continue to “LEARN, LAUGH,LIVE – in isolation”. If you have any thoughts on this please contact your interest group leader or email committee at email@example.com
A Message from U3A UK - 17th March 2020
Third Age Trust CEO Sam Mauger and Chair Ian McCannah said,
“Thank you to all U3As for your support and advice over this changing period of time. In line with the government communications strategy, the Third Age Trust will be putting out regular bulletins on our website and regular mailings to U3A committees.
We continue to follow the government and NHS advice on coronavirus. As of today, that advice has changed.
The advice is that from now on everyone should stop non-essential contact with others and adopt social distancing. People in ‘at risk groups’ are to be shielded from social contact for 12 weeks. People who should take particular care to minimise social contact are, among others, people over the age of 70.
Many U3As have asked us whether to postpone their monthly meetings and Interest Groups. Our advice is to follow the government guidance which is now asking the population to avoid unnecessary contact. The Trust has taken the step of postponing its large events and meetings.
U3A committees and individual members are coming up with really creative ways to keep in touch with each other and stay connected. We will be sharing all these ideas, and will continue to do so, in the coming days and weeks.
We intend to issue regular bulletins – so please keep checking the website. We will put out regular mailings to committees. We will also keep in touch through the national newsletter and newsletter express, where appropriate.
We would encourage all your U3A colleagues and members to sign up directly to the national newsletter. The national newsletter will as it allows us to disseminate advice and information quickly to all U3A members.
U3A is an amazing community and we want to encourage members to share their creativity and ideas with us to help support each other over the coming months, and in particular those who will be facing increased isolation and loneliness."