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Wendover U3A Groups’ News September 2020
I am sure we all agree that 2020 has been a strange and challenging year! Trying not to be overly pessimistic, we may have just another month or so ahead of warmer weather. With this in mind, if groups of six or fewer can meet together outside, now is the time to give it a try! Please do not be too daunted by the Risk Assessment Checklist. It is just a question of assessing your location to ensure that is it suitable and Covid safe, eg ensure adequate social distancing can be maintained and avoid sharing equipment. Fill in the form and send it to your participating members for their information. This can be by email or even by telephone. Members just have to acknowledge that they are happy with this which could be as they arrive at the meeting. Check the Links section on the Groups’ Page for the information you need. If you have any queries at all about this, do please let us know.
Meeting outside and in small groups may not be ideal for many groups. Please do try to keep in touch with one another by phone/email and other means. There is some advice on how this can be done on the website. See “Keeping in Touch” for ideas. There is a link from the Main Meeting page of the website.
We are in the process of contacting local halls to see which are open and most importantly Covid Secure. We are hoping to inspect all halls in this category and can then let you know what rules must be followed re numbers, social distancing, cleaning, face coverings etc. Please let us know if your group would be interested in restarting in a hall.
Another excellent way to keep in touch is to read the Newspaper on the website. There is a Groups News Section and groups have posted what they have been doing and how they are doing it.
Do please let us know how your groups are coping particularly if you have had success with video calls or conferencing such as Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp etc. We must not forget our members who don’t have access to the internet or email. Perhaps Convenors could ring any members who they think might appreciate a chat and see if they can be involved in any way. In the Newspaper under Links, you will find details on how to use Zoom to keep in touch.
Our Annual Convenors’ Meeting is still in the diary on Thursday 5th November at 2pm at St Anne’s Hall but obviously this is liable to change.
Linda and Liz
Joint Groups’ Coordinators