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Engage with other members with similar interests and goals, share your experiences or discover what others in our U3A community are enjoying. Have a good idea for a new class or activity within a group? Get feedback and maybe you'll start a movement! We are a community - join in now!

Volunteers are our lifeblood

Our U3A only functions by the work of volunteers. There are many roles, from minor to major, but ALL are necessary and appreciated. Even if you only have 30 minutes once a week, there is a role for you. For example, staffing our office; helping with events such as See Create Connect Expo; become a tutor – share your passion; join the management committee. We welcome your involvement, which also offers the opportunity for social engagement and fun. To become a volunteer, please contact the office and leave a message for Yvonne James, Volunteer Coordinator, on (07) 3282 7484, or email at contact@u3aipswich.org.au​

Transforming Simple Pieces of Paper into Beautiful Art

Origami is just one of the avenues that provides both mental and physical stimulus with exercise. It aids in developing hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and mental concentration. With the use of our hands it directly stimulates both hemispheres of our brain. Origami has used in a variety of therapeutic settings, including art therapy and in stroke and injury rehabilitation. Physically our hands become active. Impulses are sent to the brain activating both left and right hemispheres of the brain. Tactile, motor, and visual areas of the brain are activated and brought into use. Memory, non-verbal thinking, attention, 3D comprehension and imagination are further stimulated by the brain’s exploration of Origami. Emotional satisfaction is a by-product of your work as you view a piece of paper being transformed into a new creation. For further details of our 'Origami Making' course, see 'Beauty in Folded Paper' above.

Ever noticed odd advertising turning up after you've provided your email at a store?

There's a simple way to find who the culprit is, as Geoff Mayhew explains in this gem on tracking who is 'on selling' your email address.... "Gmail has a feature enabling you to see if a mob you are subscribed to is on-selling your email address," he says. "Say your address is bettybroadacre@gmail.com and you want to subscribe to your local bottle shop, called cheapgrog.com.au, and you want to make sure your email address is not secretly passed on to others. By adding +cheapgrog to the email address you register with - making it bettybroadacre+cheapgrog@gmail.com - you will instantly know if others are sending you mail from Cheapgrog's mailing list and you can filter them out (or contact Cheapgrog and complain they have on-sold your details). You don't need to set up a new account, just adding a + to your existing email address followed by a meaningful keyword makes no difference and all mail will come through to you as normal - but you get to see where they were originating from." There's lots of other tricks you'll pick up from Geoff's Computer Tips and Tricks course. Click the 'Courses' button above to get details.

Don't forget the Annual General Meeting on March 19

Due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, the 2020 AGM is to be held March 19, 2021. All positions on the management committee will be vacated. Please submit your nomination for a position on the 2021 management committee to the office.

The Management Committee Nomination form is available here.

Registering for your choice of classes is going to get easier

Our Health and Safety is in Everyone's Hands

Members will be aware we are implementing a new computer-based administration system at U3A Ipswich & West Moreton Inc. We were hoping to go live at the start of the 2021 academic year, but COVID 19 has caused significant delays. 

One of the major benefits of the new system is the ability for members to select and register for any class themselves online. All members will be able to see the status of classes and make informed decisions on the spot. You’ll know if classes are wait-listed, how many are on the wait-list, and how they may be progressing up the list prior to a class start date. It means you can make alternate choices without having to wait for a tutor or office administrator to get back to – a delay that may cost you a place in an alternate class you had your eye on. 

You’ll have instant access to all the start dates for every class of every course at every venue – all at the click of a mouse button or tap on your smart device screen!

Not confident using high tech devices? Our volunteers in the office will be able to offer assistance through the whole process.

Wishing all in our community a safe, healthy and successful year