Ideas for Group Activities

Your group could meet on-line via zoom
There are lots of ideas on pages 5-6 in Links 196:April 2020.
Article about Online Picture Galleries.
Ideas on the National U3a website and in their Newsletters.

Feedback on Research Project

My name is Lauren White and I am a research associate at the University of Sheffield working on a project exploring the everyday experiences of self-monitoring health. The reason that we are emailing U3A is that as part of our research, we recruited some of our participants from Sheffield U3A.
These resources include:

– Our interactive web tool titled ‘house of tracking’. This site is an interactive page that explores the everyday experiences of self-monitoring blood pressure and BMI
– Our general website that details the project alongside executive summaries that are available to download via this page:


Sahara Yoga Meditation

Rachel and I ran a successful U3A Art and Meditation course last year at the Quaker Meeting House. Some people who came along and lots of others join this meditation every weekday evening at 7.00pm on or join our Sheffield Group at 3.30pm on Saturdays on Zoom. These Saturdays are particularly good as you can interact with us, ask questions, etc. Anyone who is interested please email me and I’ll send the link.

Free Mindfulness Sessions

John Darwin and Mike Pupius run the Centre for Mindful Life Enhancement which offers courses in mindfulness We do this voluntarily and our courses are free. As members of Sheffield U3A for over two years we have been running the Mindful Ageing Group. Normally people attend this who have done our mindful ageing course and we are running Zoom meetings for this group every two weeks.
In addition to this we are now offering one hour open mindfulness sessions on Zoom on Tuesdays at 1300 and Thursdays at 1800. These are open to anyone. We are sometimes getting over 50 people on line and the feedback has been very positive in terms of helping people get through these difficult times. Do get in touch if you’d like to discuss.
CMLE Mindfulness Session – Tuesdays at 1300.
This is a recurring meeting. Use this link to join session.
You can also log in by using this ID and password
Meeting ID: 521 895 669
Password: 029595
CMLE Mindfulness Session- Thursdays at 1800
This is a recurring meeting. Use this link to join session.
You can also log in by using this ID and password
Meeting ID: 436 163 086
Password: 027877


Sheffield U3A members, and particularly people with interests in walking, cycling, local history and heritage groups may like to contribute to three ongoing consultations that will carry on regardless.

Active Travel Project

The Active Travel 2040 Vision sets out how, over the next 20 years, an ambitious and comprehensive active travel network to enable safe journeys on foot and by bike, to connect the places where people live, work and spend their leisure time may be implemented.

If you would like to know more about the project and contribute to the consultation please visit

Heart of the City II

Sheffield City Council have extended the pre-application consultation on the Heart of the City II development until April 28th, and made more details available on the website at

You may have opinions on how the new designs work with the old buildings, or whether the proposals make the best use of this historic area. You may have historical knowledge that should be taken into account. You can provide feedback using the link on the website, email comments to

A Heritage Strategy for Sheffield: Consultation on the Draft
The consultation on this will now remain open into the early summer, when things may look a little clearer. So if you didn’t get a chance to comment earlier, you still have the opportunity to do so. All input welcome. You can find the draft strategy at

Tai Chi & Qi Gong

As National Subject Advisor we are producing a weekly newsletter that goes out to Tai Chi & QI Gong Groups nationwide and is is available for anybody who practices Tai Chi or Qi Gong. There is much in the newsletter that should be of interest to anyone who practices either Tai Chi or Qi Gong, as although the sequences may differ between different Forms, the underlying principles are common to all. The Newsletter contains links to demonstrations and teaching videos, and text describing exercises. If you would like to receive this newsletter please email


Anyone wishing to join in with some

‘sofa’ Recorder Playing

Friday nights at 7.30 pm through Zoom Conferencing contact me at and I’ll forward you the details.
It isn’t ideal musically but it is fun and helps with the isolation because you get to see and chat to fellow Recorder Players!