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M&L-U3A COVID-19 UPDATE

COVID-19 AND OUR U3A - UPDATED OCTOBER 2020

BRIEF UPDATE
As there have been a number of recent changes to Government and NHS guidance on the Covid-19 pandemic as it relates to our U3A, the Committee met on the 26th October to review our current position. Further specific guidance as it relates to our U3A will be published in the next couple of days with regards to Tier Three restrictions. All the relevant information will be available here on our website and also sent to Group Leaders.

POSSIBLE OPTIONS
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 four 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.