Islington U3A

April 2020 Issue 2

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What's On
We are resuming our monthly meetings — online. The next one scheduled is for Thursday 23 April and will be a presentation by Elain Harwood on Art Deco (see the What's On page here for more information). The invitation to join this Zoom meeting will be issued to all members nearer the time. There is no need to buy any new hardware or software to participate in Zoom online meetings. See our supporting guide here. If you feel you are struggling send a query with details here.

About 18 of our Interest Groups have now moved online. Most of these use the Basic free package but iU3A does have two Pro accounts if you need enhanced functionality. The updated Zoom Guides are also available through the News page here.

Advice and Support
The National Office of U3A has been helping U3As across the country with ideas of how they can continue to offer activities to their members; Group Coordinators are being particularly helped to facilitate this. See their ideas here.

You might want to refer to recent previous Bulletins and their reference material: they are on the News page here. Follow the links there in the first paragraph.

iU3A Buddy/Support System: hopefully you'll know that iU3A have set up a 'Buddy' system for the duration of Covid19. Many members offered to help in one way or another. Thanks to all for volunteering. Luckily there were many more volunteering than members asking for support. We've now matched volunteers to requests for support on a postcode, local community, basis. If you have asked for support, then by now you should have been contacted by another member living local to you, to check on how you are and what support you require. If somehow you've missed this inititative and would like another member in your area to contact you please drop an email to Judith here or phone her.

Some other sources of information:
The latest advice from the UK government is here.
Newington Green Association's Action Group provides support here.
Canonbury Mutual Aid: telephone 02023026 4438 or can be emailed here.
Elizabeth Market here, a dry goods and limited tinned goods market, deliver locally.
Meat.Fish.Cheese here: according to their website they are a high class butcher & charcuterie.
Nourished: who provide cookery classes (which of course are cancelled at present), still do a number of things, like delivering vegetables. See their website here.
Two local shops that deliver are and (Sainsbury’s).
The Islington Directory here can be useful.

Volunteering - 'It All Depends On Us'
Time to spare now that some other iU3A activities have been cancelled? Then how about volunteering to write up 'Our Story' for 2019. We've been trying to write for each iU3A year an overview of our year's activities. You can see examples via the website here.  As you can see, we have a gap for 2018-19 ....... If you are interested contact our Head of Volunteers, Sally Fox, here.

New Online Groups: these extraordinary times when normal routines have been disrupted have prompted many in iU3A to become more comfortable with learning through online media. Therefore we wondered whether you would find it helpful for us to set up some new groups based around online Open Learning courses. We can imagine a number of sociable, convivial, online groups developing within iU3A, exploring different subjects. Is there a subject you would like to explore? We'll be sending you a direct email with more details on this shortly. Or if you have ideas already please contact Valerie Iles, our New Groups Coordinator here.

Financial impact: the Executive Committee is aware that Covid19 has prevented iU3A from offering all its usual activities. This has meant a saving on some of the expected costs over the period and will be considered further when setting the subscription levels for next year.

Is this the new currency?

This may remind you of how it used to be, from the March issue of The Oldie. 'Pick up the pace on a digital walk [here]'

This week's quiz — Dingbats (answers in the next Bulletin):
(if you can't see the quiz use this link here)

Answers to last week's emoji quiz on London Tube Stations: 1. Waterloo; 2. Angel; 3. Kilburn; 4. Seven Sisters; 5. Bow Street; 6. Blackfriars; 7. Elephant & Castle; 8. Bank; 9. Clapham; 10. Cockfosters; 11. Canada Water; 12. West India Quay; 13. Blackhorse Road; 14. South Harrow; 15. White City; 16. Kings Cross; 17. Bond Street; 18. Heathrow, Terminals 2 & 3; 19. Burnt Oak

Stay Healthy!

Bulletin compiled by Wil Ransome. For any Bulletin contributions please email here.