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

Local Events and Opportunities

Thursday 7 July, London Concert Choir, Porgy and Bess at the Barbican:
starts 7.30pm. Full details here.

26 July, National u3a Science Network: presentation on 40 years of science. More information here. 

26 & 27 July, London Region of U3As, Summer School: see details below.

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

Claremont Psychotherapy Service: are currently open for self-referrals. See details here.

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.

Invigilation: South Hampstead High School for Girls are seeking invigilators. The work is seasonal (typically two weeks in early January, ten days in February, ten days in April, all of May and June and occasionally other odd days throughout the year) and of course full training will be given. For further details see their advert here.

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.

Annual General Meeting of the Third Age Trust 2022: Notification is hereby given that the 39th Annual General Meeting of the Third Age Trust will be held as a hybrid meeting allowing delegates to attend in person (subject to government restrictions in place at the time) or online on:
Thursday 6th October, commencing at 11.15am- time and venue for those wishing to attend in person to be confirmed. Details on how to access the meeting for both voting delegates and non-voting delegates who wish to attend online will be distributed to u3as in due course.
Submission of Proposed Resolutions for the 2022 AGM - u3as are requested to submit proposed resolutions with supporting statements to the Company Secretary at the above address by 20th June 2022.
Election of Members of the Board of Directors - The nomination forms will be sent to all relevant u3as by 13th May 2022. Nominations for Members of the Board of Directors will be required by 17th June 2022.
Regional/ Nation Trustee (ordinary elected director) Elections - The Regional Trustee for London (john Bent) has finished his term and hence stepping down. Anyone interested in standing for election in any of these regions should note that:

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.

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.

Events: 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.

Summer School, 26th & 27th July: London Region will be holding a two day Summer School in 2022 at the usual venue, the St. Bride’s Institute, off Fleet St, London. Activities will include talks, workshops and guided walks. There will be a wide range of subjects to choose from such as Art, Current Affairs, History, Literature, Music, Sciences and Social Studies. In addition, this year the theme is 'London'. For more information look here. Booking is now open. Programme information 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.

Request for Participants from UCL: I am a researcher at University College London (UCL), and I am part of a research group studying Hearing in older adults. We are now completing a study investigating how older people understand speech in noisy places (like cafes and restaurants), and we are looking to publish these results. Following up on this work we are now running another study looking at brain responses, using an MEG scan. One of our objectives is to provide the groundwork for the development of clinical tests to improve diagnosis and treatment of specific hearing problems. Recent evidence also suggests these may be correlated with earlier onset of dementia, and we believe that this makes this kind of research even more relevant.
We're currently looking for participants who are Native English Speakers aged between 55 and 80, with normal or corrected vision and no cochlear implant. MEG scans are completely safe, painless, and quiet. The study has received ethical approval from UCL, and the information sheet and consent form are attached.

The study takes place in London at 12 Queen Square (WC1N 3AR), in the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging. For further information please click here and to complete the application/consent form please click here. We still have full Covid regulations in place for all studies taking place inside the building, all the staff in the building wear a mask and participants are required to wear a mask when they're walking around the building, in line with government guidance. I can provide any further details about this, if required.
Dr. Andrea Caso, Research Assistant, email: a.caso@ucl.ac.uk

(Remove 20 July 2022.)

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.


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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