Melbourn & District

Notices - updated May 16 2020

OUR May 2020 NEWSLETTER HAS REPORTS FROM OUR GROUPS, THINGS TO EXPLORE AND MORE
The current issue of the newsletter is here: Melbourn & district U3A newsletter. If you currently receive a printed newsletter, we ask if you can find someone to receive it and print it for you to save resources.

IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE coronavirus ...
... use this online NHS tool - it will ask for your postcode, age, gender, and what symptons you have. It's for your information so do use it. It's made to save NHS staff time.

KEEPING IN TOUCH with and without technology (National U3A)
An overview of ways to keep in touch but out of reach - see What is the U3A? to find national U3A resources. Details and links in the NEWSLETTER above.

JOIN FOR THE NEXT YEAR
You’re invited to join and pay only £8.25 for the shorter year till July 2020. The WELCOME page above has an online form to join. Or you can post a cheque to Chris, the membership secretary - though do please make clear who any money you send is from! You are also welcome to bring your sub to a speaker meeting and join there.

FINANCE AND INVESTING FORUM
Our U3A Finance & Investing forum is on hold but open for enquiries. Anyone with a real interest in the mechanisms of stock & shares investing is invited to contact shares@melbu3a.org.

THE REMAINING ITEMS ON THIS PAGE OPTIMISTICALLY WAIT FOR SAFER TIMES...

LOCAL VOLUNTEERING - DO-IT
Be a trustee; cook; visitor, cinema helper; charity shop helper … if you’ve time spare you may find local volunteering opportunities, for all ages at DO-IT - www.do-it.org. There are even opportunities to help from home. We searched locally to find over a hundred items.

LOCAL VOLUNTEERING - TIMEBANK
Timebanking is a way that local people help each other by exchanging knowledge, help and skills. You might make a cake, walk a dog, visit someone, pick up a prescription, do some gardening, welcome a newcomer to the village and make a difference to a person that needs your help. For this you earn an hour’s time credit to gain something back, such as help to hem a skirt or help to pick up shopping, or learn a new skill such as use a mobile phone. Everyone’s time is equal, so one hour of their time is equal to one hour of your time, irrespective of what we choose to exchange. More than giving and receiving, timebanking is about bringing people together to build a safer, stronger and happier community. 'Timebank' members come from Melbourn, Royston, Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton. To join Melbourn Timebank email timebank@melbournparishcouncil.co.uk Website https://tol2.timebanking.org/melbourn/

SCHOOLREADERS QUIZ
Schoolreaders is a charity that recruits volunteers to listen to children read in primary schools to help childhood literacy. Currently 1 in 4 children are leaving primary school unable to read to the expected standard, which can have lifelong consequences for them. This is a completely free service to schools. More information can be found at: www.schoolreaders.org

NATIONAL U3A EMAIL NEWS
You can sign up for a monthly email newsletter from the U3A at the National U3A/newsletter

INSURANCE COVER
Grandchildren and guests are not covered by our liability insurance and thus can no longer be accommodated at U3A activities and events.

HERTS NETWORK COMMITTEE
U3A members who would like to represent Melbourn & District U3A on the Herts Network Committee are welcome to attend these useful meetings. The meetings occur just a few times a year and are a means by which we learn from other U3A groups. Please contact the Chairman if you are interested to attend and share a ride there.

JOINING ANOTHER U3A
If you want to be a member of more than one U3A, please do so. The other U3A may wish to know (for capitation purposes) if you are already a member of another U3A. You can use your membership card to show this. If you need a membership card you can get one by either coming to a Wednesday speaker meeting or send a stamped, addressed envelope to Chris Davison at 2 Orchard Road, Melbourn, Royston SG8 6HR.

U3A MERCHANDISE - 2020 DIARY - PENS - PENCILS - BADGE
If you would like a 2020 U3A diary (£3.25), please visit the U3A shop. Also available are items of (post free) stationery best bought in bulk online. U3A national office contact info: 020 8466 6139 or at 52 Lant Street, London SE1 1RB.

SOCIAL PRESCRIBING. U3A & the NHS
You perhaps know people who visit their GP, but instead of drugs or medicine, could benefit more from friendship, learning and exercise. And that’s official as the NHS website now has a link to the U3A, in its section dealing with older people. See here or bit.ly/U3Aprescribing

DEVELOPING INTERNATIONAL LINKS
If you have retired family members overseas or if you visit other countries, you may have wondered if U3As are to be found there. They are, but some are known by other names, and may not come up via a web search. The Third Age Trust is a member of the International Association of Universities of the Third Age (AIUTA) and wants to help British U3As and their members make international links with U3As and similar groups. This could involve cultural visits, exchanges or twinning, or web-enabled foreign language conversations, study days or summer schools. If this sort of thing interests you, you can get more information by following links in the members’ area of the national website at www.u3a.org.uk. We also have details of websites relating to specific countries; for more information contact a member of the committee.

DISCOUNTED BIG NAME SOFTWARE
Our U3A can purchase discounted Adobe/Microsoft/Symantec software to use for our purposes as an educational charity. Contact the newsletter editor - but first look at prices at TT Exchange www.tt-exchange.org. The procedure is explained there - and it's not as straightforward as it ought to be but there's money to be saved.