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M&L-U3A COVID-19 UPDATE

COVID-19 AND OUR U3A - UPDATED - 24th FEBRUARY 2021.


AGM 2021

Yesterday (23rd Feb.) Committee agreed, in an attempt to continue to keep members safe, to hold a virtual Annual General Meeting using the online facility provided by Zoom. The meeting is scheduled to take place on the morning of the 4th May 2021. Further formal information will be sent to members closer to the time.

Whilst we appreciate that not all members will have the systems available to allow them to participate, we will endeavour to reach as many members as possible. Unfortunately our Zoom account can only accomodate a maximum of one hundred screens per meeting, therefore registering for the meeting, which will allow you to obtain joining details, will be on a first come first served basis. Thank You.


VACCINATIONS

Message from the Third Age Trust
There has been some discussion amongst members about the impact of a vaccination on members attending activities in a U3A.

On this matter, the policy guidance for the movement from the Trust will follow UK-wide government advice as well as the expert Public Health guidance of each of the Nation's Governments (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the Crown dependencies). Currently all nations are in lockdown so no face to face activity is permitted.

FURTHER INFORMATION & ADVICE

Whilst many of us may have initially felt that the limitation imposed on us as a result of Covid-19 would only last for a short time, it is clear its impact on us all is going to be for a much longer period and that we will need to work collaboratively and supportively to help keep our U3A going.

As previously suggested below, we would encourage all members to use, where possible, other methods of communicating within their group(s).

POSSIBLE OPTIONS - FOR ALL GROUPS
Whilst restrictions remain in place for all groups, we would encourage all members to consider (as there are a number of groups that might benefit) meeting within their activity groups using new(ish) video technologies such as WhatsApp, Skype or Zoom - our Computer Group remain available to help if necessary. As we also have a licenced Zoom account we can provide online meeting facilities to members.

This system has been successfully used by Committee and also the Law For Fun group have now successfully met six times with interesting topics discussed. We have also re-introduced our 'Friday Quiz Night' (see the website for further details). We are extemely grateful to those members who regularly post on the website and would encourage more people to do so, thank you.


COMMITTEE
As ever, Committee continue to work in the background to discuss and manage issues as they arise, remotely. Should you wish to raise any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by email at: mandlu3a@gmail.com

The Committee would like to thank everyone for their continued patience and support during these very difficult times. As we continue to endeavour to ensure the safety of all of our Members, we would like to assure you that we will attempt to open up various activities only when we feel that it is safe to do so.


Thank you,
Maghull and Lydiate U3A – Committee.


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