Ideas for Group Activities

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New, free, on-line Qi gong class

During the rest of COVID restriction time, South Sheffield tai chi and qi gong group are offering free on-line qi gong classes every Monday at 5.00pm for 30 minutes via Zoom. No previous experience is needed. Qi gong is gentle, slow movements coordinated with breathing and mindful intent.
Interested? Please contact Pat on:

Slow Ways

Slow Ways is a project to create a network of walking routes that connect all Great Britain’s towns and cities as well as thousands of villages. Using existing footpaths, people will be able to walk between neighbouring settlements or combine routes for long distance journeys. During lockdown 700 volunteers from across the country collaborated to produce a first draft of the Slow Ways. This incredible effort has led to the creation of 7,500 routes that collectively stretch for over 110,00km.
Meet Dan Raven-Ellison and Rob Bushby of Slow Ways and explore this national initiative by registering for their one hour session on Monday 17th May 2.00pm by completing this form.
A copy of the booking form will be sent to your email but please check your spam folder or junk folder for receipts and further communications.
For further advice contact Maggy Simms on


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Group Activities

All normal Group activities were suspended in March 2020. Many Groups have started to meet online and help to facilitate this was and continues to be provided. There are ideas for online activities below.

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.
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.


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!