Scotland

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Digital Training available to all U3A members

Join Voluntary Arts Scotland and digital specialist Fin Wycherley for a free workshop that will cover:
How to set up and manage a Facebook page/group.
Getting to grips with Facebook advertising.
How to create posters and flyers using Canva.
How to create a digital newsletter using Mailchimp.

This digital skills workshop is being held in 5 locations in Scotland. For more information and to book, please see the attached document Digital Training.

Research on using digital technologies to learn about health

Parvathy Harilal is a PhD student at the Open University. She is requesting people aged 60 and above to fill in a survey. The survey is available both online and offline. This will be part of her PhD research to understand how people aged 60 and above use digital technologies to learn about health and to self-manage their health. She would also like to know the opinions of those people who do not use digital resources for health-related needs.

There is a link to the online survey on this page.

Please reply to Parvathy Harilal, email: parvathy.harilal@open.ac.uk.

Digital Champions

Scotland is going digital. Can you help?

There are great opportunities and threats in this transition. All of us need to know how to be connected safely. We know that many older people have worked with the growing IT proliferation through their working lives and for them it has no fears. But many more don’t know how or are simply afraid to try and hence are increasingly rendering themselves into digital isolation.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) have launched the idea of Digital Champions and are keen to work with U3As in Scotland. A package of free training is being developed that will be rolled out across Scotland. This work is being funded by the Big Lottery in a three-year programme. Digital Champions will not just be the go to people who know a bit about IT. They will be trained in helping people overcome their reluctance and to get connected safely.

If you are interested and would like to know more then please get in touch.

Ed Link
U3A Trustee for Scotland. ed.link@u3a.org.uk or phone 01577 864183

U3A Ambassadors

Raising the Profile of the U3A is now one of four Strategic Objectives of the Trust.

To this end I am looking to build a network of U3A Ambassadors in Scotland who will actively seek to promote the U3A and its benefits and be available to follow up on enquiries for information in their locality. There are still areas of Scotland where there are no U3As in reasonable travelling distance and many organisations with an interest in the activities of older people don’t know of our existence. One of our members was recently asked if we were some form of New Age Cult!

The Trust has recently appointed a professional Communications Officer. Already she is making a difference and so we anticipate an increase in the number enquiries following the various activities to raise the profile of the U3A.

If you are interested and would like to know more then please get in touch.

Ed Link
U3A Trustee for Scotland. ed.link@u3a.org.uk or phone 01577 864183

Promoting the U3A

The U3A, Never Heard of It!

How often have you heard that said? One of our members was recently asked if we were some sort of New Age Cult!

The Trust is committed to raising the profile of the U3A. To this end we need your help. Personal stories and the activities in local communities attract interest and help to raise the awareness of just what a fantastic organisation the U3A is. If there is story from one of your members or you have some significant event coming up please share it with me. I will be keeping a record of all stories and a diary of events to share with the Trust’s newly appointed Communications Officer.

With only 1% of the over 65s in Scotland we have a lot of awareness raising to do.

Ed Link
U3A Trustee for Scotland. ed.link@u3a.org.uk or phone 01577 8641