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M&L-U3A COVID-19 UPDATE

COVID-19 AND M&L U3A - UPDATED AUGUST 2020

ULTIMATE DECISION
Taking into account the latest Government and NHS guidance on Covid-19 pandemic as it relates to our U3A, the Committee unanimously agreed that at this time it is too early to fully open our U3A especially for groups that meet in members' homes or other indoor venues.

GROUPS
A number of outdoor groups have safely started up again after carrying out our detailed Risk Assessment, this ensures that the relevant safety precautions are in place. For those wishing to review the risks associated with opening up an outdoor group, please follow the detailed guidelines that we have prepared, if you, then Frank (Mercer) as our Health and Safety lead, conclude from this that it is sufficiently safe for those members interested to take part in the activity, then you would be covered by our Public and Products Liability Insurance.

It is for the above reasons that the ultimate decision to take part in any activity that is being resumed with additional safety measures in place, will lie with the individual, having considered these questions for themselves.

POSSIBLE OPTIONS
Whilst restrictions remain in place for groups that usually meet indoors, 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 three times with interesting topics presented by John Dilworth.

FURTHER ADVICE
All of the latest updates highlight the need to remain vigilant and review local lockdown regulations to determine whether this and/or other guidance still applies in our area. The road ahead during this transition phase towards coming out of lockdown is clearly going to be complex and will require us to watch for any changes that occur.
At this time we need to remain vigilant and take any measures we can to plan for the future easing of restrictions, while remaining cautious and not taking unnecessary risks. Our ever diligent Welfare officer Lil continues to provide an essential service to us all, currently amongst other things, sending out “thinking of you” cards provided by the Card Making Group, which have been well received - some really nice joined up thinking, well done all.

Further specific Covid advice can be viewed HERE

AGM
As previously posted on this website, our AGM has been postponed indefinitely. We will not reconvene the AGM until such time as we can all safely come back together, but we will keep this decision under review. A major topic of our AGM concerns our finances. To that end we have had our accounts successfully audited, Committee are extremely grateful to Sefton CVS who provided this vital service to us during these very difficult times.

Although we will not be holding our AGM, a detailed written report together with our Independent Examiner’s report, will be presented to the Charity Commission (a legal requirement) later in the year, this will be available to view on their website once it has been approved.

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 deemed safe to do so.

Thank you,
Maghull and Lydiate U3A – Committee.