Bristol U3A Members Challenge Stereotypes
Bristol’s U3A groups are showing that staying at home does not mean being disconnected from friends or being totally isolated. Older people, including the over 70s, are one of the groups most at risk from the current coronavirus pandemic and are staying at home and in many cases self-isolating. However, a recent survey has shown that many U3A interest groups are using technology (video-conferencing, social media and email) to stay in touch.
Liz Price, Chair said “People are used to hearing about older generations being reluctant to use new technologies, so I’m delighted that our members have proved them wrong”.
A ‘Virtual U3A’ page on the Bristol U3A website has helped with step-by-step guides on how to use the various technologies as well as suggesting courses to follow, keep fit videos, galleries to visit and theatre, opera and ballet to watch. Thus, despite the lockdown U3A groups are keeping busy and living, laughing and learning as usual.
Bristol U3A is part of a UK-wide movement which brings together people in their ‘third age’ to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment. Many join in their late 50s and 60s but stay involved for the rest of their lives. There are currently over 140 different activity groups covering all kinds of interests. New members are always welcome and may join by visiting www.bristolu3a.org.uk. People joining now will receive a year and a half membership at a specially reduced rate.