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This page lets you know about wider U3A events, and other opportunities, that may interest you.

Local Events and Opportunities
Reiki sessions: once a month, using Zoom, open to anybody who would like to benefit from Reiki. It will be led by an iu3a member, who is a registered CNHC leader (Complementary & Natural Health Council, voluntary regulator for complementary health practitioners in the UK). If you are interested in joining or want more information contact Vivek at coursecoordinator.iu3a@gmail.com

Healthy Generations have a new and improved website: https://healthygenerations.org.uk/online-classes/.

End of Life Planning: in 2019/20 we started a tie-up with Gentle Dusk regarding End of Life Planning. They have held a number of 'End of Life Planning Cafés' for our members and provided guidance on how to create a Care Plan. You may find the guide we've created useful to help explain some of the terms — read it here: End of Life Planning. Or if you want some supporting information on creating a Care Plan then look at myCMC. Another useful link is to Future Planning. See their general information for July here: July Flyer.

London Metropolitan University put on a number of free online events. If you'd like to follow and view these then the best way is to keep an eye on their website here: London Met Events

Nationally — Third Age Trust
The Third Age Trust is the national U3A organisation. It organises events, competitions and other activities for U3A members nationally. Some of these are in London, others across the country. Some get booked up quickly — to hear about events and when booking opens, you should join the Third Age Trust U3A events mailing list. To do so, you must register (it's very straightforward) with the Third Age Trust website.

Communications: Third Age Trust (TAT) are moving toward more electronic communication. There is now a free e-newsletter that in due course will replace the magazine. Any member can register for the e-newsletter here. The National Office is trying to raise the profile of the Third Age Trust and to publicise the benefits of U3As. With this in mind they have produced a booklet, which you can read here.

Virtual U3A: or vU3A is like a local U3A Group except that its activities take place on the Internet. Anyone can join, wherever you live. It's an international forum. Members of the Virtual U3A are encouraged to form their own informal learning and discussion groups, choose their own topics and share their experiences in the social areas of the site. You can find out more about the opportunities through vU3A here
See also their wiki. The index on the right hand side of the page to allow people to jump to what interests them. Have a look here: Virtual Wiki.

Trust u3a: this has been started during the Covid-19 pandemic when some UK u3as were shut down or offering only limited activities. Where it continues long term is still under review. However it does currently offer a wide range of online interest groups (over 70 currently) with members from all over the UK. Annual membership is £7.50. You can find out more information and join through this link: Trust-u3a.

London Region of U3As (LRU3A)
LRU3A is a forum or network that organises study days and other events for all of the London independent u3as. To find out what’s on see below or have a look here.

Your iU3A representatives on the London Region of U3As are currently:

If you have any queries or ideas regarding London Region of U3As use the email links above.
If you want to read more about networks with U3A generally then look here.

Events: to find out what is on across the London Region click here. Their programme of talks in 2021 has now been extended to throughout the summer. See the programme here: Summer 2021 Talks. You need to register for each individual talk.

Summer School: this year it will be shorter than previous years due to just coming out of Covid restrictions. Only a one day event. Open for booking now. You can find out more details here:

Research Projects
As many members wish to volunteer for local organisations or as subjects for university research studies we include these opportunities here and in the iU3A Bulletin. London wide requests from researchers for support from U3A members are listed on the regional website here.

University of Southampton, Fahad Alhathal: I'm looking to recruit around 300 participants aged 65 and over to complete an online-based questionnaire based on their grocery shopping experiences which will take approximately 10 minutes. Grocery shopping is considered one of the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living which helps older people live independently. This research aims to explore the grocery shopping experiences in a physical store of customers aged 65 and over in the UK and to design better solutions by using emerging technologies that supermarkets could adopt. This research was approved by the Faculty Research Ethics Committee (FREC) at the University of Southampton (Ethics/ERGO Number: 62401). All collected data will be used for research purposes only and will not be shared with third parties. For more information see here.
Live until 01 September 2021

University of Exeter, Beetle Project: for more information see here.
Live until 01 August 2021

SLP with London Metropolitan University: our first SLP on 'the future of Interest Groups' has concluded. We hope to launch future SLPs shortly.


From U3A National Office: We are often asked to publicise research studies and trials to our members.  Where we do so it is because we believe it may be of interest to you and we are not endorsing or promoting the research study in any way. U3A has not undertaken any checks or due diligence on the relevant department or the study and accepts no liability whatsoever if you decide to agree to participate. If you choose to take part in any study you do so at your own risk and in your own capacity (and not as member of U3A). You should make sure that you understand all the risks associated with any study before you sign up and ensure that you understand the time commitment, any restrictions and possible side effects. You should also ensure that you will be insured as part of the study.

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