London Region AGM - Friday 23 October 2020
Please click here for a combined document containing the Minutes of the AGM, a summary of the guest speaker presentations, and an appended News Update.
The News Update contains information about forthcoming events and other U3A activities both in the London Region and nationally to provide support and learning opportunities during the forthcoming months. Please keep an eye on the Events page of our website for news of additional events.
FROM U3A NATIONAL OFFICE:
Using digital platforms to stay connected
During these unprecedented times, the Third Age Trust has been looking at different ways to support our amazing u3a community. We wanted to enable and support U3As, members and Interest Group leaders, to stay active and connected with each other.
To this end, from today, Monday 6 April 2020, we have launched three online discussion forums so that you can share ideas and support each other. Thanks to the Beacon users, we are doing this by extending the existing (and successful) Beacon User Forum to all u3as, regardless of whether or not you are using the Beacon management system at your u3a yet.
It is easy to get started. All you need to do is visit the forum website at https://forum.u3abeacon.org.uk, click the ‘register’ button and fill in your details.
From there you will be able to explore the forums and get involved in the discussion.
If you are not familiar with online forums, we have prepared a how-to guide to help you get started. We welcome your feedback on the guide. Your feedback will help us develop our guide which will be available on the national website in the next few days.
There will be three forums that you can join:
Learning – discussions around subjects and all forms of interest and learning
Our u3a Community – discussions arounds how we support each other
Beacon – discussions around using Beacon, the u3a management system
This is just an outline of what the forums are about because it will be led and developed by you when you join and the conversations that are happening.
A volunteer team will moderate the site and support you to use the forums in a safe, positive and productive way.
We will send more details through the week as we have them on our website and in the newsletter.
Please join us, sign up and get chatting. Together we will network, share ideas and stay connected.
The following from Phil Joiner, Chairman and Newsletter Editor of Wanstead & Woodford U3A:
“I wanted to do something to reduce the boredom and cheer up our members, most of whom are now forced to stay indoors and I came up with the idea of a weekly bulletin sent to email members which is light hearted and brain taxing as I have also in each edition put in at least one quiz. The response has been very enthusiastic which is very satisfying as it is a small token to keep us all amused…
I have done 4 bulletins so far and I am quite happy for you to send any of them to members of the London Region in the hope they will find them amusing at this dreadful time…
Please let me know whether they are of any value and whether you would like me to send you future bulletins. If not, I am not offended!”
Attached is a sample bulletin.
If you would like to receive further issues, please email Phil directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climate Change Subject Adviser
News of which we can be rightfully proud is that Frances Halliday, the first Chairperson and joint founder of Palmers Green & Southgate u3a, is now u3a Subject Adviser for Climate Change. She has been hearing from u3as up and down the country about the groups they have set up under a variety of different titles but all involved in efforts to make a constructive contribution towards combatting climate change. She aims to raise the profile of Climate Change and the Environment in u3a nationally and plans are already afoot.
Palmers Green & Southgate of course has its own group, which meets monthly on a Tuesday morning. Further details can be found on our website at https://u3asites.org.uk/pgs/page/100235