Islington U3A

Late March(2) 2020 Issue

For a version of this with larger type (from the website) click here.

With the continuing crisis of COVID-19 all the usual iU3A activities are suspended (but see below). The Bulletins (which are likely now to be weekly) will carry relevant information over this period. There is much reference material in each Bulletin, so we will keep them available through the News page here. Follow the links there in the first paragraph.

From Healthy Generations (this is an Islington based charity but you may have to pay for some of their classes). These are online classes:
Every Tuesday 12.30pm - 1.30pm: Balance and movement practice with Jessica (Free).
Every Friday 2.00pm - 3.00pm: Chair Yoga with Jessica (ยฃ3). More information on the schedule and how to join follow the link here

Thursday 2nd April, 11.30am-12.30pm: Pilates with Alice. You can sign up on Alice's website here: click "Login/Register" and it will take you though the process.

Thursdays 6.30-7.30pm: Keep-fit with Peter. Send an email to (an iU3A member) or a text to 0757 978 5053 and he will send back the web link that you can then copy and paste into your internet browser. Once you've pasted it and can see yourself on the screen you will have to click "Join meeting".

There are many activities available online and a good collection of these is available from ChatterPack here.

National Emergency Library: Free Texts: Free Download, Borrow and Streaming: Internet Archive: here

Online Groups: some Group Coordinators are trying out alternative methods so their groups can continue. We have developed two Guides for supporting online 'Zoom' meetings. The latest versions of these can now be viewed on our News page here.

Advice and Support

A short one hour free online resource to learn about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), symptoms, infection prevention, investigation, guidance and support here.

Another online resource on COVID-19 to complement the ones being publicised by NHS and UK government here.

Advice from the NHS here.

Advice from Covid-19 Mutual Aid OK here.

Islington Council offers much advice here.

Member Support: Groups Coordinator Judith Altshul has received offers of help and support from many members in postcode areas: N1, N4, N5, N7, N13, N19, NW1 and EC1. Of course visiting in person is out of the question until the "Stay at Home" rule is relaxed but they are also offering friendly contact through telephone, text and/or email. If you would like to receive a text or email message or a phone call from a member, please contact Judith here. Send your name and postcode and indicate in what form you would prefer to be contacted (email, text, home phone or mobile phone). By doing this, you will be agreeing that you are allowing these personal details you send to be accessed by the volunteer she puts in touch with you. You can arrange details of the contacts to suit both parties.

An appeal from Rob Hull of Islington Giving to U3A members ๏ปฟin the light of Covid-19:
Dear neighbours and friends,
Many of you know that I currently chair the board of Islington Giving, a coalition of funders and business partners who raise money and volunteers to tackle, among other things, social isolation in our diverse community. We have launched a crisis appeal, aimed at supporting vulnerable people in the borough who will be most affected by the present crisis. More information, with an opportunity to donate, is here and here. Iโ€™d be grateful if you would pass on the word to your contacts in Islington.

Or as an alternative: Roberta Levenson suggests members consider donating to, which, as she says, does what it says on the tin.

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.

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Q2: ๐Ÿฆถ๐Ÿ‘„
Q3: โ˜• ๐Ÿ
Q4: ๐Ÿท๐Ÿฆ…
Q5: ๐ŸŸจ๐Ÿฅต
Q6: ๐Ÿ’Š ๐ŸŽณ ๐Ÿ…ฐ๏ธ
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Q8: ๐Ÿบ ๐Ÿฆ 
Q9: ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ ๐Ÿœ ๐Ÿ†” ๐Ÿฅต
Q10: ๐Ÿฆ˜ ๐Ÿ”” ๐Ÿ…ฐ๏ธ
Bonus: S๐Ÿ‘

Answers in next week's Bulletin!

And to finish, sung to tune of "I am the very model of a modern major general" from the Pirates of Penzance:


I am the very model of effective social distancing!
I listen to the experts on the topic of resistance-ing;
I know that brunch and yoga class arenโ€™t nearly as imperative
As doing what I can to change the nationโ€™s viral narrative.

Iโ€™m very well acquainted, too, with living solitarily
And confident that everyone can do it temporarily:
Go take a walk, or ride a bike, or dig into an unread book;
Avoid the bars and restaurants and carry out, or learn to cook.

Thereโ€™s lots of stuff to watch online while keeping safe from sinus ills
(In this case, itโ€™s far better to enjoy your Netflix MINUS chills)!
Adopt a pet, compose a ballad, write some earnest doggerel,
And help demolish Trump before our next event inaugural.

Pandemics are alarming, but they arenโ€™t insurmountable
If everybody pitches in to hold ourselves accountable.
In short, please do your part to practice prudent co-existence-ing,
And be the very model of effective social distancing.

After W. S. Gilbert,
Credit Anonymous โ€ฆ

Stay Healthy!

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