Third Age Trustee for Scotland

Message to members from Trustee for Scotland, July 2020

Dear Members,

It is hard to believe that we have reached the hundredth day of lock down. We had hoped to spend lock down in Pitlochry but felt guilty about being in a second home so we have been here in our flat in Edinburgh for most of the 100 days. We have walked every morning and It has been a great opportunity to get to know the city and its history.

In spite of the difficult circumstances the U3A has kept going making great use of Zoom and other on-line platforms. Do have a look at the Lock Down video which shows our members, including some Scottish members, having fun and still learning. The link is in the latest Trust Newsletter.

I was very nervous about hosting my first Zoom meeting. I was sure nobody would join me on-line but it worked well. The more familiar you become with on-line technology the less anxious you will be. I would recommend scheduling a meeting for just you and pressing all the buttons to see what happens. The Trust offers training for complete beginners. Have look on their website for more information.

Raising awareness of U3A and promoting the movement continues. Scottish members recently took part in a focus group which offered them the opportunity to respond to the new promotional material.

Richard Peoples from Edinburgh U3A is our new Public Relations volunteer. Richard has a background in the Open University and marketing. He has been tasked with getting the U3A better known throughout Scotland. If you have a marketing or communications background and would like to help please let me know or, if you have any interesting stories about your lock down experience please send them to me ( or better still offer them to your local paper or radio station.

The Art Competition has sparked a lot of interest and I am looking forward to seeing the work. Sandy Moffatt RSA will present the awards later on in the year. You will be able to see the work on-line and I am hoping that we will be able to hold an exhibition in an Edinburgh Gallery. I can send you information about the competition if you are interested. The closing date is not until the end of July.

On-line learning has come sharply into focus during the Pandemic. The learning committee has been working hard to add on-line resources to the website, and there is now an on-line U3A Tu3a which offers its members some interesting on-line groups. More information is on the Trust website.

Keep safe, learning and having fun,

Ann Keating
Scottish Trustee