2020 Issue 1
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With the continuing crisis of COVID-19 we'll continue to publish the Bulletins weekly with relevant information. 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.
About 15 of our Interest Groups have now moved
online. The updated Zoom Guides are also available
through the News page here.
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.
Online Plays: Sue Welsford has been investigating how members of her Theatre Visits Group can continue to see plays and her discoveries may be of interest to all members. Daniel Jones, of Drama Online says: "Drama Online is usually only available to educational institutions which offer formal qualifications, however I am currently looking into whether we can make an exception for iU3A during this difficult time. I am in contact with your national office about this." So watch this space for an update.
In the meantime many of their playtexts are available as ebooks for individuals (see here).
Online Tours: You can make free virtual tours (Louvre/Wall Of China/Exoplanet Nasa/Uffizi/Van Gogh/Dali/British Museum/Zoos/Art Galleries and many more) here. Most of these are free to use but watch out — some of the links might take you to a paying site.
Other activities: The Book Groups and book lovers might be interested in The National Emergency Library here, which makes 1½ million books free to read.
Members of the music and arts-related groups — and others — may be interested in this, about a virtual orchestra; and this, about virtual concerts; and this more general music site.
Advice and Support
Recently at a Monthly Meeting there was a presentation about Death Cafés, which attracted much interest. There was due to be a specific iU3A Death Café on Thursday 07 May. But of course this has been cancelled and instead Gentle Dusk (link here) intend to hold an online Death Café for six iU3A members using Zoom. No date has yet been set for this and it would be a pilot to see how it works. If you left your email with them at the Monthly Meeting you may have been contacted by Gentle Dusk to see if you would be interested in participating.
University College London is undertaking a study into the effects of social isolation. Here are the details they give (also on the Other Opportunities page here): NEW Covid-19 Social study: UCL BSH has today launched a study into the psychological and social effects of Covid-19 in the UK. The results from this are vital if we are to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on individuals. They will help us to track trajectories of mental health and loneliness in the UK over the coming weeks, identify which groups are most at risk, and understand the effects of any potentially protective activities people could be engaging in. This will help to inform the advice that people are given about how to stay well at home.
We are aiming to recruit a large longitudinal sample, so we’d be grateful if you could spread the word about the study. In particular we’re looking for cascades of the study through relevant newsletters and mailing lists and any efforts that will help to ensure a diverse sample.
The study is open to all adults in the UK. Participation involves answering a 15-minute online survey now and then answering a shorter 10-minute follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place. To take part, visit this site.
Islington Council: are you signed up for the council's e-newsletter, Islington Life? See an example here and you can sign up if you want to receive these directly.
Coronavirus Scams: This warning comes from National Trading Standards.
This week's emoji quiz — all London
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(Answers in next week's Bulletin)