Ideas for Group Activities

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Group Coordinators! Looking for a venue for your group?

Our meeting room in the Victoria Hall is available. In a town centre location within a short distance of a number of Bus routes, it will currently accommodate up to 10 people (allowing for social distancing). It is set out with tables and chairs which can easily be reconfigured and there are tea and coffee making facilities. The cost is £10 for a half day session.
If you have never used “Room 50” before, why not come and have a look? To arrange a viewing or to check availability contact Mo Cave

Equipment available to all groups

Ever been on a guided tour and missed most of what the guide is saying because of background noise? The Whisperbox system could be the answer. The tour guide uses a head set with combined microphone. Members of the group wear a receiver the size of a cigarette packet round the neck and are supplied with an earpiece. Alternatively they can plug their own earpiece or headset into the receiver as long as it has a standard jack. If you’re going on a group outing and think you may benefit from this, contact your group leader. If you’re a group leader and think this might be useful to you, the headsets can be delivered to you, fully charged. In many cases, all you have to do is hand them out. An added advantage is that it tends to reduce the number of group members getting lost along a busy route!!
For further information about the Whisperbox system or to book it for an outing or trip contact Brian Cave
We also have a sound system with amp, mics and stands which can be used by groups. Please contact Mo Cave for information.

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:


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.
We are have been running one hour open mindfulness sessions on Zoom on Tuesdays at 1300 and Thursdays at 1800. These are open to anyone and on occasions over 50 people have attended 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

We have completed creation of the online version of our course in Mindful Ageing. This has been designed as an eight week programme, following the format of our Mindfulness Based Life Enhancement and Mindful Ageing courses which we have run for the last decade. The structure allows participants to take the course at their own
pace, and there is access from the documents to all our guided meditations, including a number specially created for this programme. There are videos of mindful movement and short videos and presentations which explain the key principles of mindfulness and
mindful ageing.
The course also includes a number of additional resources designed to help participants develop their practice of mindfulness and understanding of mindful ageing. If you would like access to this free course please email us: .
Additionally, please pass the message on to anyone else you think may be interested.
U3A members who complete this course may then join our Mindful Ageing Group.

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