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Volunteering opportunity - Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish UK grants life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses. Since 1986, Make-A-Wish has turned the wishes of more than 12,000 seriously ill children into realities – creating memories to treasure forever, whatever the future may hold.

We are looking for friendly and reliable volunteers who have great listening skills and experience of working with families and children. You’ll be visiting children who have been referred to us, at a time that suits them - and helping them to unlock their wildest imagination to discover their One True Wish.

The full role profile can be viewed here

Civil engineering talks

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) will be reaching out to the wider community to explain how civil engineers transform lives for the better and safeguard the future through our Café 200 initiative. This is a programme of engineering talks to coffee morning and evening groups that aims to widen our exposure to the public - and society as a whole. We want to explain why civil engineers are important and how we are doing our bit to make the modern world work.We have members all over Scotland willing to give talks if any University of the Third Age groups would like to host a talk, please complete our form and we will get back to you. For more information, go to the ICE Scotland website:

Richard Trist
ICE Scotland Marcomms Executive (temp.)
Institution of Civil Engineers
c/o Scottish Engineering
105 West George Street
Glasgow, G2 1QL
T: 0141 225 8194
Direct Dial: 0141 225 8194

Cardiff University and the Illustration Archive

Charlotte Boman of Cardiff University is keen to develop links between Cardiff University and U3A local groups. Specifically, she is very keen to engage U3A members in The Illustration Archive, in the hope that this might provide a productive, exciting and accessible resource. An important ambition behind the project is to provide a platform for exploring and expanding knowledge of local communities and environments, which seems to fit especially well with the U3A educational programme.

Charlotte would be delighted to visit U3A members to introduce the archive and possibly set up a workshop, or give a talk demonstrating how the Archive can open up new opportunities for research into specific regional localities. The Archive contains a rich material relating to different regions in Scotland. For example, there is a wealth of sources relating to Glasgow that she thinks would interest members there. She is also keen to explore if groups and individuals would be interested in contributing their specialist knowledge of local places and people, thereby helping other users locate specific images.

The Illustration Archive is a web-based archive that contains around a million illustrations taken from historical books (which are also fully digitised). The illustrations and texts cover a wide range of topics, including literature, the arts, geography, philosophy, anthropology and science. Most importantly, it provides access to illustrated books in a way that was not previously possible.
For more information, please see

Charlotte Boman