Life in the Time of Coronavirus-19 In the latest newsletter from the U3A Network NSW they write: "We live in extraordinary times. But the coronavirus pandemic has done nothing to stem the thirst of U3A members across the State to continue learning and sharing their knowledge and experience. "Some of this experience is described in this Newsletter and may provide ideas for other U3As. Several U3A groups are trying video conferencing as a replacement for live classes, as the coronavirus pandemic has forced closure of their usual venues. Those U3As more experienced and proficient in the use of Zoom are providing technical advice and support to other U3As newly accessing it. Others are maintaining regular contact through email to send and receive lessons in a range of subjects. Physical exercise and yoga is promoted through YouTube clips. Virtual tours are undertaken of major international galleries and museums. Facebook pages provide an avenue to upload photographs and to share practical advice about topics such as birdwatching and photography. Welfare officers in U3A groups keep regular contact with members who live alone to maintain contact in times of social isolation, especially those not familiar or comfortable with modern technology. Electronic bulletins keep members regularly informed of online activities and other information of general interest in the wider world. Read the newsletter HERE
U3A Online - www.u3aonline.org.au/home U3A Online originated in Australia in 1998, as an acknowledgement that although a local U3A is the best way to meet with like-minded other people, there are those who are isolated by distance or other physical or social circumstances. I t’s another option for both U3As and individuals to adopt if they want guided structured courses during the current pandemic (and beyond). Membership is open to anyone over 40, and younger disabled people and their carers. It costs only $30 p.a. and all courses are then free to the member in that year. U3As can also become organisational members for $15 p.a. then pay $20 per course to use with their own members who do not have to register as individual members. There are over 70 courses available, in World Affairs, Politics, History, Science, Nature, Life Matters, Literature, Writing and Creativity. The list goes on. U3A Online also provides GEMS – a free monthly e-newsletter containing reviewed links to resources, interesting research snippets for health and lifestyle, fun items and technical advice. Register via the U3A Online website.