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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
(£3). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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
There are many activities available online and a good
collection of these is available from ChatterPack here.
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.
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
An appeal from Rob Hull of Islington Giving
to U3A members in 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. I’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 mealsforthenhs.com, which, as
she says, does what it says on the tin.
Volunteering 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.
And to finish, sung to tune of "I am the very model
of a modern major general" from the Pirates of
A PATTER-SONG FOR THE SPRING
am the very model of effective social
I listen to the experts on the topic
I know that brunch and yoga class
aren’t nearly as imperative
As doing what I can to change the
nation’s viral narrative.
well acquainted, too, with living
And confident that everyone can do it
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.
of stuff to watch online while keeping
safe from sinus ills
(In this case, it’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.
alarming, but they aren’t
If everybody pitches in to hold
In short, please do your part to
practice prudent co-existence-ing,
And be the very model of effective
After W. S. Gilbert, Credit
Bulletin compiled by Wil Ransome. For any Bulletin
contributions please email here.