This page is for non-Wessington information that might be of interest to members.
Online Safety Workshop Report
I recently attended the workshop organised by Mike Martin. I have made a few notes that you can view by clicking here Online Safety
Jean Barnett, 11/9/19
Volunteering Opportunities - See Around Britain
See Around Britain is a registered charity which has set up a website, www.seearoundbritain.com with the intention to provide photographic and detailed written information regarding a large variety of public venues throughout the UK. The information we provide gives a brief description, along with contact details, transport information and accessibility information so that potential visitors, including those with disabilities, can decide whether or not a venue is suitable for their particular needs.
The charity currently has a number of exciting volunteering opportunities available and we feel they could be of potential interest to U3Ar members. In particular, we are looking for volunteers to write venue descriptions to accompany the backlog of photographs of various venues and/or submit photos or videos of new venues themselves, all of which can be done from home and online via our website. There are online video tutorials available to help volunteers, but we can also provide additional support via email if needed.
If you feel this would be of interest we would be really grateful to hear from you (contact email address: email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org). Alternatively, you can register interest and join directly via the website’s volunteer section at the bottom of the About Us page, www.seearoundbritain.com/about-us.
Cara Crockett, See Around Britain, June 2019
Wessington has been approached by a Masters student from University College, London, who is carrying out research into older people who are experiencing problems with their memory and/or attention, but who have been told by a healthcare professional that their memory and/or attention is normal. She is particularly interested in finding out whether there is a relationship between how we think and feel about things and self-reported problems with memory and/or attention, satisfaction with life and mood.
If you are interested in participating, please read the following and click on the link given:
Are you aged 60 years and over? Are you experiencing difficulties with memory?
Are you currently experiencing difficulties with your memory and/or attention?
Have you discussed this with your GP or attended a memory clinic and been told that there is nothing wrong with your memory and/or attention?
If yes then we would really like to hear from you. We are researchers in Division Psychiatry at University College London and a have developed an online survey that will ask you a series of questions about your difficulties with your memory and/or attention, your mood, your satisfaction with life and various other psychological factors. This should take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete.
If you are interested in taking part then please go to:
If you complete the survey, you will be invited to enter into a draw for one of eight Love2Shop vouchers worth £50 each.
Voice North has spread its wings and has now become Voice-Global.
It has an improved website, so take a look at www.voice-global.org
The following is a small extract from the website:
In contributing our experience, ideas, insights and vision, VOICE members become partners. They work with Universities and external organisations to:
- Improve the focus, quality, relevance and impact of research
- Stimulate and shape social and technological innovation
- Enjoy lifelong learning and become research active citizens
- Make a positive difference to the lives of older people across the globe
The involvement of VOICE members in research helps to focus academic knowledge, creativity and expertise on finding solutions and innovations that will make a difference to and have an impact on people's lives
Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts
NCLA hold monthly events that are open to everyone (some are free, others cost £4). Look at their website for details:
Cyber Security - Free Course from the Open University
The Open University has released a free course in cyber security on their OpenLearn website. The following is an extract from their site:
Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cyber security knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life.
We shop online. We work online. We play online. We live online. As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being maliciously disrupted or misused is really important.
This free online course, Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you.
With cyber security often in the news today, the course will also frame your online safety in the context of the wider world, introducing you to different types of malware, including viruses and trojans, as well as concepts such as network security, cryptography, identity theft and risk management.
This course has been developed by The Open University with support from the UK Government's National Cyber Security Programme and can be accessed free of charge.
Click here to go straight to the relevant web page: Cyber Security Course
Washington Community Food Project
This food bank began in 2012 and is the only food bank in the town, covering the whole of Washington together with Springwell.
It is run entirely by volunteers and relies on the goodwill of the community to provide emergency food parcels to people referred by the Job Centre, Gentoo, Health Agencies, etc.
More details can be found on their website: Washington Food Bank
The website lists a large number of food drop-off points and these include the town centre library and both Asda and Sainsbury's supermarkets.
Wessington U3A members can also hand donations to Barbara Fiddy
Alternatively donations can be taken straight to the food bank at:
Also, have a look at the information here: Foodbank Letter
North East Ancient Egypt Society
If you have an interest in Ancient Egypt you might consider joining the North East Ancient Egypt Society. The Society is dedicated to the study of Ancient Egypt in all its forms. It welcomes people of all ages, and offers interesting, fun and occasionally academic events for the people of the North-East to meet and share their interest in a fascinating subject. More details, including our current lecture programme, can be found on the Society’s website at http://sites.google.com/site/neaesoc or click this link NE Ancient Egypt Society.
Charity Fund Raising
For anybody involved in good causes or charity fund raising you may (or not) be surprised to know that I play in a rock and blues band called the Roadhouse Blues Band. We have played quite a few gigs for charities including The Mayor of Gateshead's annual do at the Caedmon Hall and the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Customs House. So we're not too bad.
We love to play and would be happy to consider helping you out, for a good cause, for nowt.
For those of you who do Facebook, we have a presence there with a rather dodgy video. Just search for The Roadhouse Blues Band.
Members may already have heard about phone-call fraud: a person receives a phone call and is persuaded to reveal information or take certain action that results in loss of money, sometimes thousands of pounds. There are several different types of this fraud. You might not be aware of all the information you need to prevent yourself becoming a victim. The City of London Police have produced a document which you can read by clicking this link:
Who is Calling Leaflet. Note: what you will see is the leaflet which is meant to be folded in the middle. To read it logically look at the right hand side of the first page, then the whole of the second page, and finally the top left of the first page.
Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)
The IAM might be best known for its association with the Advanced Driving Test, but did you know that the Sunderland Group of Advanced Motorists offer a free one hour driving session. During your one hour session a qualified IAM observer will assess your driving skills and provide feedback. Click Free Drive with IAM to see the leaflet with the contact number, email address etc.
Wessington does not have a bridge group but one of our members invites you to join a local group:-
Chester-le-Street Bridge Club is located at the Community Centre, opposite the Civic Centre, on Newcastle Road. We play every Monday and Thursday evening from 6.45 pm. Telephone Maureen Weston on 0191 388 5264.
To go to Events and Speakers click here.