COVID-19 AND OUR U3A - UPDATED - 15th MAY 2021.


Road Map
In England the roadmap out of lockdown has begun. From 29 March, the ‘stay at home’ rule ended - and up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside. From Monday 17th May further restrictions may be eased?

Most of our outdoor activity groups have now resumed their activities. With the easing of certain restrictions regarding our activities some of our indoor groups are also keen to safely get going and meet up again. The information below regarding the need to undertake risk assessments is an extract from the The Third Age Trust advice page.

"The process remains as before, any U3A wishing to restart activity must carry out an appropriate risk assessment/checklist to ensure the activity is safe for members to participate in. The conclusion of the risk assessment/checklist will determine what actions must be taken to make the activity safe or conclude it is not yet safe to restart even with additional measures in place. Government guidelines continue to be central to any risk assessment and must be adhered to. Each U3A activity, venue and circumstance is different and must be assessed as such.

To make an assessment of whether you should undertake any activity our advice is that it is important to carry out a risk assessment as you would do for any U3A activity. In the case of resuming an outdoor [or indoor] U3A... activity there would be two elements to any risk assessment to be considered. It is strongly advised that you record any assessment before taking part in activity.

The first part of the risk assessment – identify what steps Group leaders propose taking to ensure the activity is covid secure - Eg limiting numbers, taking face coverings and hand sanitisers, own refreshments, limiting time and duration of activities. This information should be shared with participants so that they can complete the next part of the risk assessment for themselves. The second part of the risk assessment is for each potential participant to undertake a personal participation risk assessment considering the Covid-19 risks and hazards that taking part poses to the individual.

Our advice is that it is imperative that everyone completes a personal assessment of this nature and records it. This is however, a personal exercise and does not need to be shared with group leaders. It is sufficient to inform them that you have considered your personal situation and decided that you are safe to take part in the activity as arranged.
This is important because there are differing requirements for:

  • People with different health conditions - clinically vulnerable, or clinically extremely vulnerable;
  • People of different ages;
  • Members living in a household where there is someone who is considered clinically vulnerable, or clinically extremely vulnerable and therefore has limitations on contact with others.
Our advice is that a personal participation risk assessment should take into consideration a person’s physical health and any underlying issues, age and the health and circumstances of those they may be living with or isolating within their household."

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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