Useful ideas and links for the current situation

Ideas and links that might be useful during the current situation

8 April 2020
Some more links that have come my way to keep you busy and learning during the Coronavirus period of self isolation – Helen Salisbury, Chair, SLU3A:
Free live broadcasts of shows:
YouTube – The Shows must go on – Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, starting with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar from April
National Theatre Live – this week it is Jane Eyre

National U3A website: U3A Weekly Quizzes – the first one is on Towns, with the answers to follow in a week’s time. Answers published a week later.
Sessions each Friday on Mindfulness
Birdwatching and themed digital photography are other new topics that you may wish to join. Scroll down the page for more ideas.
Listen to a podcast (digital download of files, with instalments to follow), eg BBC Sounds (numerous genres of music and spoken broadcasts)
How to download a podcast
Check out the Virtual U3A (it’s been going since 2009)
Join 3 new discussion groups using the U3As Beacon User Forum:
New U3A Discussion Forums To Chairs and Secretaries Using digital platforms to stay connected
During these unprecedented times, the Third Age Trust has been looking at different ways to support our amazing U3A community. We wanted to enable and support U3As, members and Interest Group leaders, to stay active and connected with each other.

An email  from Helen Salisbury. containing useful links provided by national U3A.

Singing – Gareth Malone
Or Gareth’s previous session 11 (Week 3) on YouTube

Museums and Art Galleries – take a virtual tour in museums at home and abroad:
The British Museum
Or Museum of the American Revolution
National Gallery

Free audio books to download from the Radio Times:

Church services on line – check out if there is one near you

Keeping fit, eg Keep fit with Joe each day on UTube

Local businesses offering on line deliveries:
Gardeners: The Plant Man
West Lodge Garden Centre
Shopping: Farndon Fields Farm Shop

Facebook: new group set up specially to keep members nationwide in touch and swop some excellent ideas of what to do during the Covid-19 virus period – U3A: Keeping in Touch


Several SLU3A groups have set up WhatsApp groups so they can keep in touch, maybe you can do that for your group, too? Here is a link to some information on how to do this.


This is an application for holding meetings with video on line.  Some SLU3A groups have started to experiment with it and have had positive results:

Other ideas

The national U3A website has details about the Great U3A Birdwatch where members are invited to help keep track  of our garden birds:

Michael Milsom has sent the following suggestion about using PowerPoint:

In the SLU3A,  some groups e.g Architecture, Science and Transport are based on the principal that members of the Group present talks on suitable topics. The majority of these talks are based on PowerPoint Presentations.

In the current difficult times we could utilise other mechanisms to continue the work of these Groups

1, PowerPoint Presentations may be converted into MP4 Video. This is done via File..Export..Create a Video.

2, This Video can then be uploaded to YouTube

3, The link to the Video would be passed to members of the Group by email, or the link published on the SLU3A Web site.

4, This is a cost-free way of preserving interest in the Groups and avoids Apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat etc

Subscribe on line to the National U3A monthly newsletterThe latest edition already has some excellent ideas on keeping in touch.

Offer to Help   If you are not in self isolation, then maybe you can help out a neighbour who is by printing off this simple card and popping it through their letterbox. See Helen’s article about this.

You may have received an email containing these two links:

U3A Newsletter Express – 27 March 2020

Update on National U3A Day