All U3A Brisbane classes, including all Districts and venues, are currently suspended due to the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak. More information will be added to this page from time to time. Latest information is at the top.
The current situation presents unprecedented challenges for all of us. The impact will affect all of us but some more than others. We are mindful of the extra social and emotional impact on some of our members.
Like many organisations, we are doing all we can to ensure our members can stay in contact with each other and where possible participate in classes in new ways, as you will see below. Some of these ways are exciting and will offer new opportunities to learn, which is what U3A is all about.
The Management Committee is continuing its functions as usual to keep the organisation running as smoothly as possible in the circumstances. Individual members are encouraged to keep in contact with each other outside classes.
Term 2 Classes
Most tutors are continuing to communicate with classes by email. Members will need to enrol in Term 2 classes if they wish to continue with any particular class. We strongly encourage all tutors to continue their class communication by email and/or online where feasible. Perhaps you can come up with new and innovative ways of continuing the U3A spirit. All ideas are welcome.
We are recommending Zoom videoconferencing to all tutors to continue classes online. This facility will not be appropriate to all classes but should suit those classes where presentations are typically made. It is very easy to use and we encourage all members to join these sessions online when invited by the tutor.
We cannot promise to teach you anything but we can have a chat either by email or telephone. Maybe you can share a social distancing story or we can show you where to look for answers to any questions you have. Email and let us know how best to contact you.
We intend to send eNews to all members on a more regular basis, e.g. weekly or fortnightly.
Annual General Meeting
We will be holding our AGM online this year at 10am on Wednesday 15th April. Please register if you wish to attend. We will be using Zoom for this meeting.
Most planned social events have been cancelled and payments refunded. See the Social Events page for updates.
Winter School 2020 scheduled for 6-10 July has been cancelled. While there is a possibility that U3A will be re-opened by then, Winter School requires extensive advanced planning and forward commitments by speakers and it was considered necessary to cancel the event this year in the face of uncertainty.
U3A Brisbane is in a good financial position to weather the Coronavirus crisis. We will provide more information to members in due course.
The Management Committee believes that, despite the serious impact of the crisis on us and our nation, members will continue their support for U3A.
As the situation continues to evolve, we'll keep in touch. We will continue eNews updates more frequently to keep you informed of our progress. We look forward to you sharing your thoughts and we hope you continue to take care of yourselves, your families, and your communities. We truly appreciate your continued loyalty and support.
Previous Update Message to Members about class suspension - 13 March 2020.