u3a - Ideas to Keep Learning - 15

Continuing our series which shares great ideas and the latest ideas and suggestions to help you keep active, keep connected and keep learning.     

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross have free online classes available for anyone who thinks they would benefit. 

The Digital Classrooms are first aid classes in smallish groups with trained British Red Cross staff and volunteers. These are a one off class teaching 4 first aid skills and last for approx. 90 minutes and can be booked online through our website.

TLC (Tea, Learn & Connect) is a warm and welcoming weekly social get-together by video call with an informal learning element. Subjects differ every week. No preparation required, just turn up and connect with others.

Both these offers are available to book on their website

Writers against Covid-19

Members of Potters Bar U3A have started a new initiative - Writers Against Covid-19 - who continue to publish a new short story every day, providing people with an entertaining read to take their minds off the pandemic. With more than 80 stories from around the world, written especially for this time, there’s something for everyone, from humour to crime. Find them here 

This week is Flash Fiction Week with more stories than ever: two each day of 500 words or less, plus a longer story.

The project was started to help all those feeling lonely and isolated when lockdown was announced in the UK back in March. With so many readers from the English speaking countries enjoying the story, they have no plans to stop.

Lockdown Projects

Stone & District U3A in Staffordshire have already undertaken several projects during the period of the lockdown and the photographs from the Macro and Close-up project can be seen here

Stone U3A Guitar Group

Tony from Stone U3A guitar groups wanted to share his story of how they have been running their group during lockdown.

‘Hello everyone my name is Tony Dodd and I run the Stone U3A Guitar Group.

We are a group of 34 individuals who enjoy playing guitar and singing along to a diverse style of music from 60s and 70's pop songs to folk and country, in fact any style song which will suit a large group of players of different abilities from virtual beginners who are just learning to put a few chords together to accomplished guitarists who have been playing for years and enjoy playing in a group.

I encourage individuals to perform on their own in front of the group and indeed many are now doing so, including those who wouldn't have thought it possible in the beginning,(it’s a great confidence builder). Unfortunately Coronavirus put a stop to our weekly meetings at Walton Community Centre so we now meet online every Wednesday through Zoom .

We have a core online membership of between twelve and seventeen members and enjoy a chat and playing as individuals. Unfortunately Zoom does not allow us to play together due to the time lag so to get over this problem only one person will play and sing a song from our group song book while the rest mute their sound and play along at home. If an individual does not want to play they can pick a song and nominate someone to play it for them. When everyone has had a choice from the song book they can play a number of their own which is a great way to let them show of their skills and entertain the rest of us.

This is not ideal and we all look forward to returning to playing live together
(whenever that may be), but in the meantime Zoom will have to do.’


Front page photo credit: Lymington U3A Ukulele Hangout