Newsletter, April 2020

Slough U3A Newsletter


Help if you’re stuck at home

COVID_one_slough.jpg  One Slough – Our community response

The call centre is for residents who are isolated and lonely or need essentials, such as a hot cooked meal or food supplies. This includes residents who are at high risk including people over 70 years old or with underlying health conditions and should be protecting themselves by staying at home.

Keep healthy and happy at home

  • Keep to a routine and maintain a healthy lifestyle, including proper diet, sleep, and exercise.
  • Get to know your neighbours; you can talk through the window or across the garden fence. They may not say it, but many of them will find talking helps them avoid feeling lonely.
  • Spend time in your garden. If you don’t have a garden, start a window box. Failing all else, you can make a hole in the bottom of an old yoghurt pot or margarine tub and use it as a flowerpot.
  • Phone at least one friend or relative every day.
  • Catch up with your reading. If you run out of books– swap books with neighbours
  • There are a lot of wonderful shows on TV and radio. Listen to the news, but not too much.
  • Write a diary – explore personal thoughts, ideas and reflections on how this feels to you and what you are doing to deal with it.
  • Knit a teddy bear, then put it in the window where passers-by can see it.
  • Get a bird feeder and hang it outdoors where you can see it easily. The birds are beginning to build their nests and lay eggs, it’s hungry work!

U3A Groups

Some of our U3A groups are managing to keep going, although considerably altered, using mobile phones and computers to talk to each other. The Walking group are exchanging photos taken while out on their daily walk. Ukuleles are communicating via WhatsApp and Zoom. Sukhpal’s Drawing group have been using Youtube and Zoom. Poetry in Action have exchanged rhyming emails. Practical Philosophy and Play Reading are going to attempt sessions via Zoom

We are running a practice session of Zoom every afternoon between 4 and 4:30 pm; if you would like to try it out please email and we’ll send you details. You will need one of the following – PC, laptop computer, tablet computer, or smartphone.

Support Services

There’s a list of support & advice services for people staying at home on Slough Community Database

The Silver Line – a helpline for older people (free): 0800 4 70 80 90

Keep in touch

Listen to an interview with Slough Council for Voluntary Service, about the efforts they are making to ensure that no-one iin Slough will feel isolated –

Sign up to the U3A national newsletter

If you use Facebook, join the “U3A Keeping in Touch” group, which is full of puzzles, jokes, and helpful suggestions from U3A members all over the country –

There’s also a number of chat rooms you can join here –

Slough Talking Newspaper has gone online – you can listen to an update of local news every week by clicking here. If you have a smartphone, download the app from

Widen your horizons

A number of theatres and artists have made their shows available freely on the internet. Click here for a list.

National Theatre at Home will broadcast live streams every Thursday at 7 pm of previous productions and will be available for 7 days before the next broadcast. Shows for April include “One Man, Two Guvnors”, Jane Eyre, Treasure Island and Twelfth Night.

The Wind in the Willows – One for families, this long-running West End show is up here for free. Just register and consider donating to their suggested theatre charities before watching.

Many of us will remember Tom Way, and his wonderful stories about photographing wildlife. He’s recorded a special short video just for U3A members –

Go for a Virtual museum tour! There are too many to list individually, but here are some lists to start with: –

News from Slough Libraries –

Stay Active

Here are some suggestions to help you keep fit: –

Keep up to date

GOV.UK: COVID-19 latest information and advice

NHS coronavirus advice

Slough Borough Council Coronavirus page