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To see the monthly newsletter for September click on this link - Newsletter September 2020

To see the latest edition of our new weekly newssheet click on this link - Newssheet Friday 25th September

To see last week`s edition of our new newssheet click on this link - Newssheet Friday 18th September

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Please note that the newsletter editor has changed as Steph Smith has stepped down from this position. Your committee will continue to produce a newsletter until we can find someone able and willing to take over. Please let me know if you are interested. Meanwhile continue to send your articles and photos to newsletter@leicesteru3a.org.uk . The deadline for the September issue has passed. There is no August edition of the newsletter but we shall continue to produce the newssheet weekly.

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Information from the City Council Website

Click on Coronavirus - council links to see the latest information on Coronavirus from Leicester City Council. This consists of links to a number of useful pages.

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National U3A (Third Age Trust) online activities and information

The national U3A are running various online activities. To visit the main U3A website and and see what is happening click on the U3A logo in the top right corner of this page. This will take you to the Home Page where there are various links including links to issues of the national newsletter which contain advice on lockdown issues.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

• Click on Risk Assessment to see links to the current government rules on activities that can take place and advice on risk assessment before any outside activities.
• the Monthly Meetings are cancelled for the year.
• the Coffee Morning at Friends Meeting House. Virtual meetings will be help using ZOOM. Details will be emailed to members.

We will keep you all updated with any guidance from The Third Age Trust and guidance from Public Health

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Coronavirus Advice
Latest Coronavirus Advice from the Third Age Trust CEO, Sam Mauger

This is our latest coronavirus update. We will continue to update the advice when required to respond to any further developments in the spread of the virus.
We understand that each committee will assess the risk to their members and make the decisions that they feel can ensure the safety of their members, taking into account any known risks at that time.
We would ask U3A committees and members to keep fellow members up to date with advice about coronavirus.
Our advice currently is as follows:
At all times members should follow the most up to date government advice about coronavirus. We hope that coronavirus will not affect any of our members.
If a member has returned from one of the areas identified by the government and has any of the symptoms identified on the government website
they should not hold interest groups in their own homes, or attend interest groups or attend monthly meetings until they have followed the NHS advice provided after calling 111
If a U3A finds that a member has contracted coronavirus, please let the Trust know immediately
The members of interest groups that any member with coronavirus has attended should all call 111 to ask for advice
The monthly meeting should be cancelled for that month (and possibly longer) until the spread of the virus has been assessed.
In general a U3A may consider other precautions such as using hand sanitiser gel in interest groups and monthly meetings and reducing physical contact such as shaking hands until further information becomes available.
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WARNING CIRCULATED BY WIGSTON POLICE
Leicestershire Trading Standards Service are advising during this period of uncertainty regarding Covid-19, it appears that there are some people who are taking advantage of the situation.
We have heard reports that people are offering to buy essentials on behalf of the elderly and vulnerable who are self isolating. Instead are taking the money and not bringing any goods to them; This is theft.
We don't want to discourage anyone from helping their neighbours or family members in this time of need, and we don't want to breed distrust in those genuine members of the community trying to assist others. We simply ask that you remain vigilant and take note of this basic advice, should someone call on your door:
- try to only liaise with someone you are familiar with,
- only buy the essentials in this manner, therefore the amount of money required is minimal,
- do not hand over a bank card - use cash only,
- if the person says they are from a community group/organisation, ask for some ID or to verify their identity by calling the organisation directly.
Evidence of more scammers taking advantage of the current situation regarding Covid-19 and who are offering door to door tests. These are not legitimate and are worthless!
Whilst it seems this has not hit Leicestershire yet, we thought it best to keep you informed.
Please look out for your neighbours and family members who may not have access to Social Media and therefore will not be receiving this information.
https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/con-artists-visiting-homes-offer-3959395
Stay Safe and Stay Well – “If you see something….Say Something and Report it!”
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