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August Newsletter

The Plymouth U3A Newsletter for August 2020 is now available in the Members Area.
See: Members Area (requires a password for access)
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Risk Assessment

Templates for Risk Assessment

Group Leaders considering resuming meetings should undertake risk assessment which takes into account the latest government guidance on Covid-19.  The following Risk Assessment Templates, provided by the U3A, will help with this.

U3A – Venue Risk Assessment Checklist

U3A – Venue Day of Use Checklist

U3A – Workshop Activity Risk Assessment Checklist

U3A – General Outdoor Activity Risk Assessment Checklist

U3A – Walk Leader Risk Assessment Checklist

U3A – Remote Activity Risk Assessment Checklist

(They are all Word .docx files)


Help with Zoom

A Rough Beginners Guide to Using Zoom

For members of Plymouth U3A

Richard Keoghoe and Brian Mathieson have very kindly created a video demonstrating how to use Zoom. It is a very basic introduction on how to download Zoom, how to set up Zoom,  and how to join a meeting on Zoom, using your ipad, iphone or PC.

Should anyone experience any specific difficulty working with Zoom once they have watched this video, then see note in Members Area.



Keeping Fit

Sticky Post

Keeping active from your own home

During this time of isolation, a lot of us are unable to get out and about and are not able to keep as active as we would like to. Perhaps the time has come to consider looking at the options available which provide guidance and advice on keeping active in your own home. The Plymouth U3A Committee invite their members to take the opportunity to do this by referring to the following websites.

At you’ll find lots of different exercise videos by putting ‘fitness studio’ into the search box and clicking search. There’s a wake up workout, belly dancing, couch to 5k and beginners aerobics. Also strength and resistance classes with no equipment needed, Pilates and yoga with specific options for those with back or knee problems, arthritis and osteoporosis, and a seated yoga workout. Why not give it a try?

Alternatively, try a simple ballet exercise class aimed at the over 50’s, with Susan Jacobson who demonstrates simple moves with her Mother Elizabeth who is in her mid 70’s. has advice and video classes for all age groups and for less able people. Tips and guidance on how to keep/get active in and around your home with a section for older people.

We’ll get back to a fitter, leaner U3A in no time!

Coronavirus Latest

Please see the Coronavirus page for the latest information from Plymouth U3A

Committee Nomination

Committee Nomination and Voting Guidlines

Committee nomination form and voting guidelines have been added to the members area of the Website.  Nominations close at end of General Meeting, 11th May. Voting for the new committee takes place in June.

See: Members Area (requires a password for access)


Open Day 2020

Plymouth U3A will be hosting an Annual Open Day on Monday 29th June 2020 in the Plymouth Guildhall.
The opening times will be 11:00am to 3:00pm (there will be an hour allocated either side of these times for set up/clearing away).
It is our intention to extend an invitation to all other local U3A’s to join us on the day.
Further updates on this day will be posted nearer the time. The usual monthly general meeting will still take place on Monday 8th June.

Being safe using the internet

On Monday 10th June we had a fascinating General Meeting at the Crowne Plaza when 2 excellent speakers from the Devon and Cornwall police described the dangers of using the internet and how we can minimise these.

After the event the speakers emailed:

Just a big thank you for inviting us to speak to your group today.  We appreciate there was a lot of information to put across to the audience and even so, we weren’t even beginning to scratch the surface.  It was great to see so many people in attendance, all I hope will take some tips away help prevent becoming victims of cybercrime in the future.

Here are some useful links for you to share with your U3A for further advice and guidance:

Take Five to Stop Fraud – general advice on financial fraud:

Get Safe Online (personal and business advice)

The Metropolitan Police’s ‘Little Book of Cyber Scams’  – we are in the process of producing a similar D&C document:

Have I been Pwned – check to see if your email account has been compromised in a data breach:

General advice and guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre:


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