If you’re retired and want to keep your mind alert you should pop along to the Paisley & District University of the third age’s [U3A] website.
Anyone retired or semi-retired living in or near the Paisley area can join the Paisley branch of U3A. It’s a place to learn new things, socialise and have fun as you share what you know, and make some new friends.
Our readers are being invited to take a look at the Talking Head film clips on Paisley & District U3A’s website. On show are members and volunteer leaders sharing how some groups have continued to meet in lockdown.
Local U3A chair, Kathleen O’Donnell, said: “Our volunteers wanted to find ways to keep their groups going during the pandemic. It was highly likely that our most vulnerable members were in social isolation or shielding and couldn’t attend face to face meetings. So several groups had a go at using digital technology to help people stay connected and keep on learning in fun ways. We’ve asked leaders to reveal the plus points and the challenges of using social platforms to keep in touch. You can also see and hear for yourself how members have adapted to this and what goes on in the different groups.
“Several interest groups and activities will continue to run during the summer holidays. So, if you want to enjoy a new hobby or take up a new skill, this is a golden opportunity.
“You can be a fly on the wall and listen in before you take part in a session. People are welcome to try one or two classes for free and can then pay an annual membership fee at the start of the new session.
“We plan to offer Talking heads clips about architecture, books, conversational Spanish, gardens, meditation, and opera appreciation for starters. Our website has a Contact page which links to group leaders, including our new On Your Own group. People can also use the Contact page to email us any questions.”
Paisley & District U3A monthly meetings with guest speakers usually restart in October. Information on when these free educational events can resume safely will be posted on on the groups website.
Main Photo: Ruth Murnane and Barrie Shepherd, members U3A Talking Heads Conversational Spanish group