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

Local Events and Opportunities
London Metropolitan University: there is an ongoing programme of ecological dialogue talks given by London Met lecturers that, through our Memorandum of Agreement with them, we can join. More information here: London Met Talks Programme.
London Met also run other forms of online events. If you'd like to follow and view these then the best way is to keep an eye on their website here: London Met Events

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 Cafés' 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. They have a JANUARY initiative to provide people (living in or who have a GP in either Islington or Haringey) the opportunity to obtain free advice by contacting the Age UK Islington Support Helpline. Telephone 020 7281 6018 to arrange a free call back from their Future Matters Team on a number of important matters such as:

  •     Organising a Will
  •     Putting in place Lasting Powers of Attorney
  •     Making vital decisions about future healthcare options
  •     Other aspects of end of life planning

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 next cafe is: Thursday 24 February 7.00-8.00 pm. For further information and to register via Eventbrite click below: Virtual Death Café Tickets, Thu 24 Feb 2022 at 19:00 | Eventbrite

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.

Communications: Third Age Trust (TAT) are moving toward 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: this has been started during the Covid-19 pandemic when some UK u3as were shut down or offering only limited activities. Where it continues long term is still under review. However it does currently offer a wide range of online interest groups (over 70 currently) with members from all over the UK. Annual membership is £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: we will be holding a 2 day Summer School in 2022 at our 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 we have selected London as a general theme. At this stage we are just asking you to Save the Dates. We want everyone to be safe and will be closely following Covid guidance from the government, Third Age Trust, and working with St. Bride’s. The full Programme and booking details will be publicised from mid-April.

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.

SLP with London Metropolitan University: our first SLP on 'the future of Interest Groups' has concluded. We hope to launch future SLPs shortly.

Lancaster University: The Davy Notebooks Project (wp.lancs.ac.uk/davynotebooks) is currently doing some exciting research, with the help of the public. Lancaster and an international community of over 1400 volunteer transcribers are currently transcribing, using the people-powered research platform Zooniverse, Sir Humphry Davy's (1778-1829) handwritten notebooks (around 70 in all), many of which have never been transcribed before. Davy was the leading chemist of the early nineteenth century, but also a poet, moving in the same circles as Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Wordsworth. His notebooks contain not only chemical notes and poetry, but also material encompassing philosophy, medicine, geology, mathematics, astronomy, and more. Anyone interested in any of these topics, or science or history more generally, will surely find much of this material, which is being made making freely available — in most cases for the first time — stimulating.
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Lancaster University's Zooniverse project page is: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/humphrydavy/davy-notebooks-project. Full guidance is provided on the transcription process on the Zooniverse page, and the project team is on hand through the Talk forum feature to answer any queries.
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UCL Possible Collaboration with ExCiteS Project: two members of UCL, Hannah Gibbs and Artemis Skarlatidou, are members of the Extreme Citizen Science Research group (https://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/research/research-centres/excites) and are doing some research: the pdf is here.
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The Department of Basic & Clinical Neuroscience at KCL is looking for healthy volunteers to help validate a research method that we will soon be using to investigate patients with a disease called Motor Neuron Disease (MND). This involves the safe and tested method of applying magnetic stimulation (TMS) to the brain to activate the motor nerve cells. MND is a neurological disease that leads to loss of motor never cells supplying different muscles in the body and dramatically shortens lives of the majority of those who develop it because there is no effective treatment as yet. This study will provide groundwork to interpret future data from patients with MND and improve the potential of TMS as a technique to study brain and muscle excitability patterns in health and disease.
Participants, who will take part in some safe, non-invasive and painless procedures, are expected to participate in one experimental session which will last for about 2½ hours. They will receive £20 for their time.

To be eligible for this study, a person should:
•  be between the age of 55 and 80;
•  be right-handed;
•  be in general good health condition;
•  have no history of brain or spinal cord injury;
•  not take/receive psychiatric or neurological active drugs or abuse substances that can interfere with TMS responses.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Anna Carobin at anna.1.carobin@kcl.ac.uk
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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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