To find out more please read the latest advice by following the links below:
Following the Government and NHS announcement yesterday, the Third Age Trust has created a dedicated page on the national website to keep you up to date with the latest guidance and advice – both general and specific to U3A.
U3A members are being asked to help craft a shared learning project where they create living history of this extraordinary time.
The project will look for personal thoughts, ideas and reflections on how this feels to you and what you are doing to deal with it. Members may want to keep an electronic diary or to find a little note-book which you can have close at hand to scribble down thoughts as they come.
We are asking people to write up anything they think relevant to having to be at home and your thoughts and reactions. You may wish to write something each day for example, or once a week or simply when something of note happens. You may read an article, book or see a programme which triggers some ideas or thoughts.
We are also looking for ideas and reflections on how you are keeping your interests going if you are online and if you have access on your television, radio or via the internet.
It’s also pretty important to think of good things that happen so in the journal make an effort every day to list five things that gave you pleasure however small.
We will be expanding our support of this project in the coming days including suggested questions that you could ask yourself to help structure your thoughts.
We are currently recruiting volunteers to be contact points to offer support and advice.
If you want take part – please keep in touch with us. At the moment share your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org but in the next few days we will have a dedicated email address for this living history project. So keep checking the website and national newsletter.
We look forward to hearing from you.
18th March 2020 Cosham Baptist Church 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Cancelled
15th April 2020 Cosham Baptist Church 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Cancelled
15th April 2020 Cosham Baptist Church 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Cancelled
The committee are sorry we have to put these measures in place but safeguarding the health and well-being of our memberships is paramount.
The Government and the Chief Medical Officer for England have asked the nation not to have or attend large gatherings to try and slow down the spread of the virus. Also, to have a 2 metre distance between each other, this would not be possible at the renewals table or at a general meeting.
New procedure for Membership Renewals
If you still need to pay your subscription for the Membership year 1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021 these are the 2 methods available now:
By post: Cheques made payable to Portsdown U3A
Full membership £16.00 Associate membership £12.50
Send to: Membership Secretary with an SAE so your card can be posted on to you. (address in email)
By bank transfer: Sort Code – 54-30-11 Account Number – 35281162
Message in reference box: Your membership number followed by surname so we can identify where the payment came from.
To receive your card, please send to the Membership Secretary with a SAE so your card can be posted on to you. (address in email)
No cash – not feasible at this time – sorry.
Please keep in touch with each other so one feels too isolated.
Keep safe; best wishes from
The Committee, Portsdown U3A
At this present time the Interest group leaders are in the best position to consult with their group members as to whether they will be meeting up at their next and future meetings while the Coronavirus is moving forward into our lives.
We all know that the virus is highly infectious and because it is a new virus we have no immunity to it at present. Also the majority of our members fall into the main ‘at risk’ category as we are 60+.
Each individual member is responsible for the decisions they make during this period. Some of our members either have underlying health issues or they are in close contact with a friend or family member who is more susceptible to hospitalisation if they contract the virus. We all need to be mindful of others at this time.
Having consulted with the National Office; no one in any U3A organisation is covered by insurance for this virus, so if a member decides to attend any U3A event/group/meeting they do so having made that decision for themselves.
Any groups going abroad during this period would need to adhere to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidelines on travel.
Keep safe, look after each other and best wishes
Committee, Portsdown U3A
As a precaution, the following meetings are being cancelled, as the majority of our members are 60+ and fall into the high risk category in relation to the infectious nature of the Coronavirus:
General Meeting – 18th March 2020 – cancelled
A decision with regard to closure of subsequent meetings will take place closer to the date.
Coffee Morning – 23rd March 2020 – cancelled
This event will be reinstated when the current situation has moved on and does not pose a potential problem to our members.
On these two dates renewals will carry on as usual:
Wednesday 18th March 2020 and Wednesday 15th April 2020
The renewals will take place in The Front Hall of Cosham Baptist Church (CBC) between 1.00pm and 2.00pm.
The usual payment methods apply on these two occasions:
Cheque made payable to Portsdown U3A for £16.00 or cash.
If you feel you would rather pay without attending in person these are the methods available:
By post: Cheque made payable to Portsdown U3A for £16.
Send to: Membership Secretary with an SAE so your card can be posted on to you.
By bank transfer: Sort Code – 54-30-11 Account Number – 35281162
Message in reference box: Your membership number followed by surname so we can identify where the payment came from. To receive your card please send a SAE to the Membership Secretary so your card can be posted on to you.
For those members who have already paid by bank transfer or cheque, and still need to receive your card, you can collect your card by two methods:
In person: at CBC on 18th March or 15th April between 1.00pm and 2.00pm.
By post: please send a SAE to the Membership Secretary so your card can be posted on to you.
If you gave your cheque to a group leader they will have collected your card for you.
Keep safe, look after yourself and best wishes
Committee, Portsdown U3A
If a member has returned from one of the areas identified by the government and has any of the symptoms identified on the government website they should not hold interest groups in their own homes, or attend interest groups or attend monthly meetings until they have followed the NHS advice provided after calling 111.
If a U3A finds that a member has contracted coronavirus, please let the Trust know immediately.
The members of interest groups that any member with coronavirus has attended should all call 111 to ask for advice.
The monthly meeting should be cancelled for that month (and possibly longer) until the spread of the virus has been assessed.
In general a U3A may consider other precautions such as using hand sanitiser gel in interest groups and monthly meetings and reducing physical contact such as shaking hands until further information becomes available.
The NHS and Public Health England are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China and other specified areas, follow the advice for returning travellers.
Like the common cold, coronavirus (also known as Covid-19) infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. You can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if you do not wash your hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces in very low at the moment, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
· a cough
· a high temperature
· shortness of breath
Based on the scientific advice of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
Do not go to a GP surgery or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Put used tissues in the bin straight away. Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
The Government and NHS have issued advice for members of the public following the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.
Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
More information about the virus, as well as symptoms and advice, is available to view at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
Or on the NHS England website at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/02/statement-from-nhs-england-and-nhs-improvement-on-coronavirus/