From the Chair

January proved to be a busy month for SLU3A and I should like to say thank you to all the volunteers that continue to make this happen, even if much of it means getting to grips with new technology.  It’s good to see ‘first timers’ logging on to events, proving that it’s never too late to try something new!   I sit on a Regional Support Team and can report that some U3As have gone ‘into hibernation’, which SLU3A has certainly not done!    A Leicestershire & Rutland Network workshop was attended by 3 of us on Zoom, looking at Engaging Non IT Users and we have come away with ideas to discuss at Committee.  Talking of which, at our last meeting we looked at the feasibility of running several postponed events this year and, given that the way out of lockdown is not yet clear, made some reluctant decisions.  These included cancelling the 21st birthday celebrations in May (but I am sure we will make up for it on our 25th!) and nor will the 60s event run.  The Barn Dance postponed to Saturday 22 May will be reviewed nearer the time and members may welcome the chance to put in some practice beforehand.  A date and venue for the Christmas lunch will also be reviewed later in the year.  The U3A Day on Wednesday 2nd June will run, whether it be virtual or a mixture of live events (if restrictions are lifted) so the planned walk around the town may happen yet.  Whatever, it will be an opportunity to continue to raise awareness and attract potential new members who can join in activities as they run currently or are reinstated, and maybe, join new groups – suggestions always welcome, please.

Helen Salisbury