*** CANCELLATION OF ALL ROTHERHAM U3A MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES ***
The Rotherham U3A Trustees regretfully decided at their meeting this morning, 17 March 2020, that due to the unprecedented and extraordinary situation imposed by the current Covid-19 pandemic all Rotherham U3A activity WILL CEASE WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Sadly this action will affect all RU3A members, meetings and gatherings. We hope that all RU3A members and their loved ones stay safe and well and that the coming weeks are not too onerous.
However since group meetings were closed, members and groups have been busy supporting each other and communicating within groups. Phones and Wi-Fi devices are being used to check each other’s welfare; new 'What’s App' groups are being set up at a rate of knots; some group activities and discussions are continuing via face-to-face applications such as Zoom, Skype and What’s App and/or by e-mail according to subject matter.
Italian, Photography and one of the French Conversation groups are examples of groups setting up virtual group meetings, with Singing for Fun about to come on stream very shortly. We are sure more will soon follow.
With few exceptions, Group Co-ordinators and members have had an ‘interesting time’ getting to grips with the technology, and when this strange situation ends, will have a strong new set of skills with electronic devices!
WELL DONE TO ALL MEMBERS FOR KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH FRIENDS AND FOR THEIR STRENGTH AND RESILIENCE IN MAINTAINING THEIR GROUPS IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES.
Are you retired from full time work?
Are you looking for a new interest or hobby, or do you wish to follow up on an already existing interest?
Do you want to meet other people with the same interests?
Are you lonely and in need of friendship?
If you have answered "Yes" to any of these questions then, by providing a range of social, cultural and educational opportunities, Rotherham U3A could be the answer.
Rotherham U3A began in 1994 with only a few interest groups, but has continued to grow steadily over the years. There are now more than 30. We presently have over 400 members and new ones are always welcome. Meetings take place at a variety of venues around the town, and further afield, depending on the needs of groups.
Annual membership runs from September to August. New members joining after Christmas or Easter benefit from a pro-rata reduction in fees. A further reduction is given to those who already belong to another U3A, on production of proof of full, current membership of that U3A. The costs of coach hire for trips, entrance fees to properties, the price of meals and other refreshments are extra to the subscription.
Groups meeting in hired halls run for 30 weeks a year, though some groups make weekly collections so that they can hire premises for extra weeks. Groups not needing to hire accommodation, eg. Strollers or Luncheon Club, run throughout the year.
You may attend up to two Rotherham U3A meetings before deciding to join. Contact a group Co-ordinator or the Membership Secretary for more details. Some groups are limited in numbers by the size of the venue or for other reasons. If a group you are interested in is full, please ask the Co-ordinator to put your name on their waiting list sooner rather than later.
Because the ethos of the U3A movement is 'by the members, for the members' if you have an interest or skill you would be willing to share, please contact one of the Trustees who would be happy to discuss it with you.
Check our Events page and the calendar at the very bottom of the Groups page for future meetings, and the relevant group pages for reports on past events, then come along to 'Learn, Laugh and Live' in our company.
For more information about the U3A organisation please click on the U3A button at the top of the page.
We are currently developing our Partnership with Age UK Rotherham in the hope that this will be mutually beneficial. Age UK Rotherham is an independent local charity working in the community to support older people, their families and carers. They provide a range of support and services to members as well as participation in their EngAge Groups. Click the link on this page for an Introduction to Age UK Rotherham.
You are also invited to click the additional link to visit their website: www.ageuk.org.uk/rotherham