Lockdown - help and ideas

All text in blue are clickable links.


Recent additions

A new Surrey Wellbeing Website has been launched.From coffee mornings to Zumba, quizzes and crafts, you can now join in events and support services virtually from the comfort of your home. Click here.

The Imperial War Museum has produced online materials to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

The National U3A website has a weekly maths challenge. To view week 5 click here

The Wildlife Trusts across the country have webcams on a range of wild animals.

Active Surrey has a host of ideas for staying active during lockdown and several links to exercises for those with medical conditions


Contacts service

Do you want to contact a U3A member but don't have their email or phone number?
If so we can help. To set the ball rolling email support@rru3a.org.uk or phone Heather Phipps on 01737 474015. You will need to give the name of the person you want to contact and permission to pass on your contact details to them. We will pass on your email address or phone number and they will be able to contact you.


Support from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Reigate and Banstead Council have set up advice systems during the Coronavirus crisis. Click here to find the details.

If you are unable to find the help you are looking for online and have an urgent need or concern for you or a relative that is self-isolating and living in the borough, please phone:
01737 276000

The lines are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. The Council has a dedicated team of advisers who can direct you to sources of help or organise assistance from the team of support workers and trained volunteers.

Please pass this information to any members that you know who do not access the internet.


Keeping groups active

Are you interested in exploring how your group can keep in contact and still enjoy learning together? Several groups have begun to use the online videoconferencing tool called Zoom and we have put together this list of resources to help you get going.


ZOOM - Step by step advice, from the U3A national office, for using Zoom on a desktop or laptop (Windows or Apple) click here

Step by step advice, from the U3A national office, for using Zoom on a phone or tablet click here
Zoom help centre – click here

For a description of the way that Zoom can work for U3A groups and advice from the experience from the last few weeks of using it compiled by Charles Symons click here for a PDF document.

If you get stuck and would like some help, contact Charles and his team on techhelp@rru3a.org.uk


Learn to Relax
Jane Hutchinson, who is Group leader of our Learn to Relax group, has produced a list of reliable websites with ideas to help with mental wellbeing and also a video of age appropriate exercises to do at home.
Click here for Jane's list and exercises in PDF format.


Read and subscribe to the National U3A Newsletter


U3A Quiz: Every week there will be a quiz on the national U3A website with answers the following week. Take a look....https://www.u3a.org.uk/learning/weekly-quiz


Photography: U3A are running a national photography project click here for details


Creative Writing: Check out the details of the national U3A creative writing completion here.


Just because we cannot meet in person at present does not mean we have to stop learning and socialising. We have found, with thanks to Bristol U3A and U3A South East Region,  a very large number of websites with interesting resources to keep your brains active and stimulated as well as an enormous amount of free online entertainment.
Let us know if you have anything you think could be included. These pages are a work in progress - we now have so much information we have divided it onto separate linked pages, dividing it into interest areas. Click on the blue text for the information. 
Keep Fit 
Before you get settled onto the computer how about a bit of gentle (or not so gentle) exercise? By now we have probably all heard of Joe Wicks who has been doing daily online PE sessions for the nation's children. He has a couple of 10 minute sessions specifically for older people but there are workouts for all fitness levels. All free of charge.
U3A's first fitness video with @MrMotivator is out! Find it here on YouTube

Active Surrey
has a host of ideas for staying active during lockdown and several links to exercises for those with medical conditions
Theatre, Opera, Music and Ballet
Check out all of these institutions which are providing free streamed content. There are plays, musicals, opera, ballet, classical concerts. Some organisations are streaming a different opera each day, others a programme of weekly plays.These opportunities will probably not be repeated so don't miss out!
This link has just been sent to us and is amazing – a lady called Claire Ryan has compiled an incredibly long and detailed list of links to all sorts of resources including virtual tours; free online study courses in a range of subjects; geography, history, music, literature; teach yourself videos in a range of subjects; entertainment….. as well as links to resources aiming to help us maintain our mental health at this difficult time. Claire works for the NHS, with children and young people with ADHD but most of these links are of interest to everyone of all ages. Do check them out. 
Free Online Courses and talks
There are quite literally thousands of free online courses to choose from in a vast choice of subjects. Listed here some links - have a browse through and see what takes your fancy. Have something positive to show for your weeks (months??) in lockdown!Art, Libraries and MuseumsA wealth of this country's museum collections, as well as others around the world, can be enjoyed from the comfort of your computer chair.History
One or two ideas for you if your interest is history.
Science and MathematicsIf this is your interest, here are links to lectures, podcasts and videos. There are also live webcams at Edinburgh Zoo to watch.
Ways to Keep in TouchLearn how to use Facebook Groups, Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype, Telegram and WhyPay?
Birdwatching: The RSPB has begun a daily 'lockdown' Breakfast Birdwatch, with everyone welcome to take part. It takes place daily between 8 am and 9 am. Find BreakfastBirdwatch on Facebook.
Artists: There’s free Portrait Drawing every Sunday 2-3 pm at https://rawumberstudios.com/online-portrait-drawing/Artists Network live streamings www.artistsnetwork.com/drawing-together-live-video-streams/
For you Art History buffs there’s Recreate Famous Paintings At Home 
RNIB: Connect Radio is on Freeview 730 and online at https://rnibconnectradio.org.uk/“Tune in every weekday for a new episode of our unabridged Talking Book, or catch up online. New episodes every Monday - Friday at 2pm, or if you prefer a book at bedtime it's repeated every night at 10pm” Online catchup is at https://insightradio.co.uk/talking-books.htmlAt the moment the Talking Book is Little Women. The previous book, Sleepy Hollow by Agatha Christie is still available online.
Live safari is streamed twice daily on YouTube or can be watched on the web at: https://wildearth.tv