Useful numbers and information

Enlightenment Verulam (based in St Albans) U3A members might be interested in the people, goods or services listed on this page. Verulam U3A organisation does not take any responsibility for the information supplied or the quality of goods and services advertised and any discounts offered to members are entirely at the discretion of the business offering the service

Local information & resources plus volunteering opportunities

Computer help and guidance

Please access Computer Friendly poster for information about their courses covering many aspects of using different technology. There are some free places available but please book ASAP as they are filling up quickly!

Free Call blockers for people living with Dementia

The Department of Culture Media & Sport provided funding to the National Trading Standards Scams Team for call blockers to tackle the issue of nuisance calls. The current focus is on protection of consumers with dementia.
free call blockers will be available to any person living with dementia that is currently receiving scam or nuisance calls. We are asking for your support to publicise this initiative and also to help us identify anyone that may qualify and benefit from having a call blocker.
To get a FREE call blocking device YES should be answered to the following
1. Do you or the person you are applying for receive nuisance and scam calls?
2. Does the person who would like the call blocker have dementia?

If you answered yes to the above then please apply at Friends against scams
The units available are trueCall Secure units and more information about the units can be found at Truecall

Explore for local, current information and activities.

Nextdoor for local information plus

If you are a member of Facebook there are a couple of very useful informative groups. Please note you need to apply to join either or both of them.

The first group is for local services, events & trade adverts.

The second group is for Buying and selling in St Albans, Hemel and Watford.

2 more useful local sites are Freegle & Freecycle

Another local site Hertfordshire directory offers a wealth of pertinent information.

Please visit computing information for a wealth of information-courtesy of the Ravenshead U3A webmaster

Cyber scams

Age UK advises on protection plus other useful help and tips

Hertfordshire Police has produced a 'Little Book of Cyber Scams’ to raise awareness of cyber crime, particularly relating to local businesses. The Protect yourself booklet provides more information.

The Take Five website provides information on how to protect against financial fraud. It’s recommended by the Senior Fraud Prevention Officer for the City of London Police.

Please access the St AlbansGood Neighbour run by volunteers. Varied services are on offer such as transport, practical help and befriending.

General information

Free online new courses

DIY a rich resource of courses

Explore FutureLearn 2019 for a large range of new courses

Openlearn varied free OU courses

Guide To Services For Older People in St Albans City & District

A broad discussion site for older people

Household quotes is a website offering Information about available help for elderly people.

Health advice from This Morning's resident doctor Chris Steele

Age UK is the largest charity working with and for older people

IDF50 (I don’t feel fifty) is a online forum with lively articles written by and for older people

Later Life This UK site is designed specifically for people over age 50 who want to plan and enjoy an active life

Saga has an online social network and lots of useful articles on health, money, travel and leisure

Silversurfers A directory of websites covering travel, holidays, presents, family finances, health and genealogy.