KEEPING IN TOUCH
The Committee believes that it is vitally important to keep in touch with our members, particularly with those who are on their own, during this period of lock down.
Aims to provide members with regular updates and Convenors with advice on how to run their groups remotely. Shares ideas on ways of keeping in touch. Provides information on new ways of learning.
9 Committee Members will act as single points of contact for the Convenors to answer questions or provide advice. They will support the Groups Co -ordinator to share key messages and information with the Convenors. Their names will be shared with the Convenors separately.
Provide ways for their Groups to run remotely should members wish. This will enable members to keep in touch. Support the Committee by sharing messages and information with their Group if needed.
Provide support for one another if they can. Will receive regular communications from the Committee and from the Convenors as appropriate.
TOOLS TO KEEP IN TOUCH
There are many on the market. Here are some suggestions for you.
- WhatsApp – Free. Messenger for sharing text, photos & videos. Already in use by a number of groups. This BBC page contains some excellent guides on how to use WhatsApp and other smartphone applications.
- Zoom – Audio and video conferencing. Free Basic Plan allows 40-minutes time limit on meetings with 3 or more participants. Tried and tested by the Committee and at least one group. We have produced a guide on how to use WhatsApp and Zoom to keep U3A groups in touch and the U3A National Office have also produced some guides that can be found here.
- Email – by far the most common way of communication.
- Telephone – Just pick it up to keep in touch with family & friends.
If you are familiar with Facebook, Wokingham U3A now has a Facebook group details of which can be found here.
If you have any suggestions on how members can keep in touch, then please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try and add them to this page.