As you probably are aware, enews is emailed to all members with an email address on the Beacon Membership System. But you may not be aware that Group Leaders can send emails to all members in their Group. A number of Groups are set up in Beacon to enable this already – extremely useful in the current circumstances. If your Group cannot do this, contact the Web Team and we’ll explain the procedure to get you started.
Remember too that all members are very welcome to make use of our U3A’s facebook page. You can send in items to Brian Bostock, the facebook editor. And you can even arrange with him to be allowed to post info on U3A facebook for yourself. If you don’t know how to get in touch with Brian, contact the Web Team.
Website Group Leaders and Authors are encouraged to add appropriate information applying to the current situation on their Group Pages and Posts. Members of Groups with no Author can send their content direct to the Web Team.
There are many other technologies useful for communicating remotely via social networking, web conferencing and such, that can help us all keep in touch with family and friends and neighbours as well as fellow U3A members. Common examples, in addition to facebook above, are Skype, FaceTime, Twitter, (the very popular) WhatsApp, (the increasingly well-known) Zoom, Echo Show, WHYPAY? (for conference calls) and (the latest to have come to my attention) TikTok. Over the following weeks, we could perhaps use this website to provide info on and experiences of some of these, if there is a demand.
There are also YouTube videos and TED talks that might be pertinent to your Group or other U3A activities that you organise. Let the Web Team. know of your interest in learning about them and especially if you have expertise to impart.
Do return to this Website regularly as these are fast-changing times. And please do send your ideas to the Web Team (email address below) on your ideas on how to keep in touch and help each other during social isolation.
For now …….
Stay Safe, Stay Well and Stay in Communication with the U3A.
from the Web Team (Maureen, Alan and Joyce)