New U3A for Blairgowrie? Public Meeting 30th May
A public meeting will be held on Thursday 30th May at 2.30 pm at St. Catherine's Community Centre, 13, Brown Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6EX, where it is hoped to launch a new U3A for Blairgowrie. A poster for this event is available from a link on this page. For more information please contact Linda Hodson,, tel 0200 466 6139.

Scottish Sensory and Equality Award
Social entrepreneur, Sally Shaw, has been named Scottish Sensory and Equality Champion of the Year. The award recognises the person who has made the greatest contribution to sensory loss and equality in Scotland. Sally Shaw is the founding director of Ideas for Ears, a social enterprise that helps businesses and organisations to tackle issues that restrict the accessibility and suitability of facilities and services for people with hearing loss. Sally received her award at a ceremony in Glasgow on 15 March, hosted by STV's Kelly Ann Woodland, and organised by deafscotland, with support from Disability Equality Scotland.

Sally received the award for her leadership on the development of the Hearing Access Protocol, a resource that sets out how meetings, conferences and events should be run in order that they are accessible for everyone, whatever their hearing ability. Sally adds: "Hearing access has vast power to include or exclude and it does this in often deceptively simple ways. By tackling poor hearing access, we not only make life better and easier for people with hearing loss, we embrace practices that are better in general for everyone."

Ideas for Ears also runs the Forth Valley Hearing Hub, which is a friendly group of people who get together to learn about hearing-related issues and to help promote hearing access in the local area. Forth Valley U3A has been significantly involved in this whole process

Picture shows Sally Shaw with Alan Blue, member of Forth Valley U3A and of the Ideas for Ears community steering group

U3A in Scotland Newsletter March 2019
The March 2019 Newsletter is now available to download from this page.