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Monthly Newsletter from U3A Sunshine Coast

May 2020 Edition

Tutors turn to video technology

With the suspension of attendance classes because of COVID-19 restrictions, our wonderful U3A tutors have embraced videoconferencing as a means of continuing the education and training for members. Wayne Curran, our Tutors and Courses Coordinator, said the increasing number of classes now using the Zoom and Lifesize video applications shows that tutors and participants alike won’t be held back by COVID-19.

Acting President’s Report – May 2020
In this month’s report to members on topical issues, Acting President, Glyni Cumming, details the situation with U3A in continuing to provide members with access to classes and activities:
– The increased number of classes being conducted online
– Refunds of course fees and tutors’ subscriptions to Zoom/Lifesize
– Security issues related to the Zoom app.
– Classes now conducted online
Please read the Acting President’s report here.

Vale Bruce Dawe – Australian poet and U3a Tutor

Bruce Dawe, Australian Poet and U3A Tutor, revered by his students and everyone who met him personally during his lifetime, passed away recently. Bruce was nominated this year as a Life Member of U3A Sunshine Coast and he will be remembered as a poet, teacher and raconteur of international significance. To read more about this outstanding Australian please click below.

Discover and learn about Human Biology
Starting 11 May, this unique and informative course looks at the many human bodily systems and provides an understanding of how they are structured and how they work together. The class will also examine the numerous misconceptions about how the body works, and what can be done to help it remain healthy. The course will consist of nine lectures held on a Monday and Thursday over a five week period via Zoom


Using Skype to call family and friends
Feeling isolated and finding it harder to keep in touch with your loved ones? Cathy Ewald has put together some useful resources for those who want to learn about Skype, which has the advantage that it is available on a very wide range of devices. Click the ‘READ MORE’ button below to find out more.
Cathy still has some places on her ‘Tablets and Smart Phones’ course. Interested? Then go to the U3A website and register.

Management Committee self isolating
Our Management Committee is coping with their duties as committee members through meetings on Zoom and plenty of emails between them. But how do they cope personally with self isolating as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions. Here’s a sneak peek at what they do at home to keep active and interested.

Carer Gateway available through Wellways
Lyn Harris is the new Coordinator Community Engagement & Volunteering for the Sunshine Coast. Seven years ago, Lyn began working with mental health Carers. “Frequently, there was a dual diagnosis so I quickly learned about disabilities, the NDIS and aged care systems. As a Carer myself, I’m excited about the new Carer Gateway service and that I can continue working in this field.” Lyn welcomes any enquiries regarding support for family/carers. Email lharris@nullwellways.org or call Wellways on 1300 111 400.

Training resources – videoconferencing
While videoconferencing is the catch-phrase these days for meetings online, many people may need some training in the use of applications such as Zoom, Lifesize and Skype. For beginners, here’s an easy to follow video on using Zoom:
For Lifesize users here’s a good starting point:
Skype users may find this video informing:

Last day for Management Committee nominations
Nominations for the U3A Sunshine Coast Management Committee close on Tuesday April 28th, and biographical details of all nominees will be posted on the U3A webpage. If you would like to nominate then please complete the form on the website.

Keep those story leads rolling in
Thank you to those members who sent in story leads for this edition of eVoice. The contributions were appreciated and I would like more material for the June edition.
Please send to communication@nullu3asunshine.org.au

John Armstrong

U3A Sunshine Coast
90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs Qld 4556
07 5430 1123
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