Rubbish Friends

Group Status: Suspended because of Covid-19
Venue: Various
Day and Time: Saturday mornings
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Groups of members go out on a Saturday morning to pick up litter in various locations using equipment provided by Ards & North Down Borough |Council.

In normal circumstances we finish with tea or coffee at a local cafe.

British Sign Language

Group Status: Suspended because of Covid-19
Venue: to be confirmed
Day and Time: ad hoc
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We were delighted that the pilot British Sign Language for Deaf People class held on February 12th was such a success and we decided to follow it up with a series of six classes, running on alternate Friday afternoons beginning March 12th from 2.00pm - 3.15pm.

We all agree that face-to-face is preferable to ZOOM, but that’s where we are now, and it’s a start.

From experience we know that the 50,000 people in Northern Ireland who rely on lip-reading and/or sign language for communication are very grateful when they meet ‘hearing’ people who have gone to the trouble to learn their language, albeit at a basic level.

We started with learning the alphabet - quite easy and it means we can spell out our names.  Signs such as ‘Good morning,’ or ‘Nice to see you,’ or ‘My name is ...’ or ‘How are you?’ are simple and easy to learn, and we benefit from the fun and mental stimulation of learning a new language.

 

U3A Extra

Group Status: Suspended because of Covid-19
Venue: Various
Day and Time: Usually three times per year
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This group arranges occasional outings for formerly active older members who are no longer able to participate fully in normal U3A activities.  Volunteer drivers and supporters are available to help, if necessary.  If you are interested in joining the group, either as a participant or driver/supporter, or know of someone who would enjoy an outing, please contact the Convenor or Leaders for further information.

Memory Course

Group Status: Suspended because of Covid-19
Venue: 1st Bangor Presbyterian Church Hall
Day and Time: Thursday or Friday mornings
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This course, which is quite theoretical, is specifically designed for U3A members.  It aims to help members understand, prevent, manage and reduce anxiety about everyday memory problems and dementia.

The course consists of four weekly x 1½ hour sessions for 12 people and costs £20.  It normally runs on Thursday or Friday mornings, usually in February, March and November.  Participation requires attendance at a pre-course seminar which will be arranged at a later date.

 

Intergenerational Shared Learning

Group Status: Suspended because of Covid-19
Venue: Various
Day and Time: Various
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More than 50 members of NDA U3A participate in a range of projects which include:

  • Working with children in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum or local primary schools to help them appreciate reading and improve their literacy skills
  • Contributing to careers talks and business education at primary and post-primary level. 

If you are interested in learning more about these projects please contact the Convenor or Leader.