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This page lets you know about wider u3a events and other opportunities that may interest you.

10–12 May 2024, Hackney History Festival: a wide ranging programme is available. You can register your interest here: https://hackneyhistoryfestival.org/

April, Digital Skills Training: we are working with AbilityNet to develop a bespoke digital skills training programme for iU3A. You can see their programme here now: Programme. Further information on this will be issued to members by email. In the meantime AbilityNet (through BT, their sponsor) also offer training guides: Digital Skills

u3a National Online Learning Programme: see details of their current talks here. You can always find out more information on their programme here.

u3a Workshops Programme for 2024: see the update Quarter 1 programme for national support workshops on the national website here: Workshop Programme

21 May to 23 July, Summer Events: the London Region Events Team has decided to try something new this year instead of the conventional 2-3 day Summer School. They are offering an exciting programme of 31 guided walks and visits to museums and galleries around central London. Details of the programme and how to book can be seen here: LRU3A Summer Programme. You can also see other LRU3A events on their  Events page.

17 to 19 July 2024, u3a Festival 2024: following the success of the national u3a event 'Off The Wall' this year there are plans afoot for an even bigger event for next year. For details of the Festival have a look at the national webpage here: https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/festival-2024
End of Life Planning: in 2019 we started a tie-up with Gentle Dusk regarding End of Life Planning. They hold 'End of Life Planning Cafes' for our members and provide guidance on how to create a Care Plan. You may find our guide useful to help explain some of the terms — read it here: End of Life Planning. Details of their next scheduled events will be posted here when available. If you have any queries regarding their Future Matters Service, drop them a a note: get in touch.

Positive Ageing: see here for why u3a helps enable a positive view of growing old: Video

Bereavement Support: if you have recently suffered a bereavement you may wish to considering using the Islington Bereavement Community service. You can see some information about the service here or through their website: St. Joseph's Hospice (stjh.org.uk). Or, if you want to help them and consider volunteering for them, find their contact details in the linked document above.

Islington Public Toilets Campaign: help improve the availability of loos in our borough. For more information and to sign the petition look here or here is the direct link for the petition: Sign Here

MerchandiseMerchandise: there is a wide range of branded u3a merchandise available. You can see the price list here. You can order this direct yourself through the national website here or through Derek (website.manager@islingtonu3a.org)

do you want to help with tutoring disadvantaged pupils? See here for more information on this worthy cause.

London Age-Friendly Forum (LAFF): The latest report on this London Mayor initiative here.

Claremont Psychotherapy Service: See their pdf here.

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. You can see all their news topics here.

Fit for the Future: many volunteers have been working on an initiative to shape the future for the u3a Movement. This has looked at the national governance structure and the communication channels between local u3as, their regional networks and the national Board. A new 'Council' is being proposed with representation from all regions. If you are interested you can see further information on the national website or here: FFTF Roll Out.   

Communications: Third Age Trust are moving towards more electronic communication. There is now a free 'Friends' e-newsletter and any member can register for this here. As requested by u3as, the Trust is trying to raise the profile of the u3a Movement and to publicise the benefits of u3as to raise the membership to 500,000 by the end of 2028. Information on this and much more will be published in the Friends Newsletter.

Third Age Matters: Have you considered taking the national magazine, 'Third Age Matters'? It's very good value at just £3.80 for five issues per year. You can select the membership class which includes provision of the magazine when you renew your membership. Or if you missed that option but want to add it now, please contact Joy at iu3amembers@outlook.com. There is also an abbreviated digital version available through the national website: https://www.u3a.org.uk/news/publications

Interest Groups Online: There is a wide range of online interest groups (nearly 80 currently) with more than 5700 members from all over the UK. Annual membership is just £12.00. You can find out more information and join through this link: Interest Groups Online.

National Benefits: iU3A pays £4.00 to the national organisation per member. If you ever wonder what benefits we, and you, gain from being part of this (the 17th largest national organisation in the UK) then this might explain it: Where Does My £4 go? 

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.

Other Events: to find out what is on across the London Region click here.

Research Projects
As many members wish to volunteer for local organisations or as subjects for university research studies we include opportunities that we are sent from time to time here and in WOW.

Researchers reading this and wishing to submit any requests for support should be aware of the u3a's guidelines on this topic. These can be read here: Research Application Guidelines.  

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 a 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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