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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 we started a tie-up with Gentle Dusk regarding End of Life Planning. They have held a number of 'End of Life Planning Cafes' 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. If you have any queries regarding the Future Matters Service, do get in touch.

Here is their flyer, which please print out and circulate. Their aim is to reach people in the local communities to help better inform but also guide as needed in ensuring they organise the relevant items they wish to put into place for 2022.

The British Museum and Camden Adult Learning: are running a set of free 90 minute history webinars (on Zoom) this term. The courses are free and available for all adult learners across the UK. They do not require travel to the Museum and the talks cover different aspect of British, world and museum history. No prior knowledge needed with a chance to ask questions at the end of each talk. For details see 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.

Communications: Third Age Trust (TAT) are moving towards 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.

Third Age Matters: Have you consider taking the national magazine, 'Third Age Matters'? It's very good value at just £3.30 for five issues per year. You can tick to receive 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.

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 (u3a online): this started during the Covid-19 pandemic when some UK u3as were shut down or offering only limited activities. But it now looks like it will continue long term as it's proved so popular. It offers a wide range of online interest groups (over 70 currently) with members from all over the UK. Annual membership is just £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.

Other Monthly Talks:
Ealing U3A is offering the following two summer talks to iU3A as London Region U3A members. These are hybrid talks with some of our Ealing members in the venue and others on Zoom. Please use the links below to register your place on Eventbrite. The Zoom link will be sent to you 2 days before the talk (and again 2 hours before the start of the talk).

Thursday, 11 August at 10:15 am, 100 Years of the BBC – Milestone moments in the life of the nation’s broadcaster with Robert Seatter, Head of BBC History. In 2022, the BBC becomes the first major public service broadcaster to mark 100 years of continuous broadcasting. BBC’s Head of History Robert Seatter will walk us through the century, its shifting changes in technology, its important national moments, its shifting sense of nationhood – but most importantly how it is part of all our deeply personal and social memory.
To Book a Place: Eventbrite With a 25-year career at the BBC working across the Corporation including roles in BBC Education, BBC World Service and BBC Worldwide, Robert is leading on all history and heritage aspects of the BBC’s centenary, and has written Broadcasting Britain: 100 years of the BBC, to be published by Dorling Kindersley in autumn 2022. Prior to the BBC, Robert worked in publishing, teaching and acting. He is also an award-winning poet, with five published collections, and an active member of Ealing’s own Questors Theatre. Robert will give his talk in Ealing Green Church.

Thursday, 25 August at 10:15 am, Two Men and a Boy: The story of the discovery of Tutankhamun with Neil Stevenson. This talk includes how Howard Carter, supported by Lord Carnarvon, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. We will look at who Tutankhamun was, his parents and grandparents and his wife and children. We will also look at some of the wonderful items found in his tomb. To Book a Place: Eventbrite2
Neil first became interested in Ancient Egypt in 1986 during a business trip to Cairo. Since then he has made over 40 visits to Egypt, the most recent being in December 2019. He has completed several continuing education courses at Liverpool University covering various aspects of Egyptology. He is a member of the Egyptian Exploration Society, a Friend of the Petrie Museum and was a founder member of Horus Egyptology Society in Wigan, one of the largest Ancient Egypt societies in the UK. He has supported the Amenhotep lll Temple Conservation Project for over 15 years. Neil is the u3a national subject advisor for Egyptology, and has given numerous talks and run courses on Egyptology. He is the Trustee for North West England with 100 u3as and around 45,000 members. He is a former chair of his u3a Neil will give his talk in Ealing Green Church.

to find out what is on across the London Region click here. Here is their programme of talks for January-April 2022: Talks Jan-April 2022. You need to register for each individual talk.

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.

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

UCL’s Dept of Speech, Hearing & Phonetic Sciences: a new research study. Full details here.
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King's College London: has a new study on memory and is looking for volunteers. All the details can be found in the following here. If you are interested, please read the information and then contact the researcher, Astrid (contact details in the linked document).
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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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