CoronaVirus Bulletin Board

CoronaVirus Bulletin Board

Covid-19 Guidance from the Third Age Trust dated 21st Sept 2020: (Link)

Latest U3A Covid-19 Advice and Guidance “14th September 2020

For full details Please use Link Below.

Covid-19 Guidance from the Third Age Trust dated 21st Sept 2020:

This guidance was updated in response to the changes in the law which came into effect on 14/09/2020, which made it illegal for groups of more than 6 to meet up indoors or outdoors. The TAT had briefly issued advice suggesting an exemption to the rule of 6, but this has been removed from this most recent advice.  

You will be aware from the news that the Prime Minister is due to make a statement tonight & that further restrictions are likely to follow, though it may take some time for the TAT to update its advice.

Convenors and members should therefore follow the latest Government guidance as it becomes available and also heed any local restrictions. 

Latest local information: Cumbria saw a 40% increase in cases in the week ended 11th Sept compared to the previous week. There were 77 new cases in total with increases seen in Copeland, South Lakeland and Barrow. Allerdale & Carlisle experienced a fall in numbers while Eden’s numbers remained the same at 5 new cases per week. The rate of new cases per 100,000 is 15 for Cumbria & 9 for Eden. (Source Cumbria Health Protection Board Weekly Covid-19 Summary) 

Cumbria seems to be experiencing the upturn in cases seen elsewhere and though levels in Eden have remained low compared to the rest of the county & national figures, because of what is happening elsewhere we need to be extra vigilant. 

Keep safe and believe that things will get better! 

Josie Dunlop

Chair PNLU3A 

Zoom Video Conferencing Calendar. This is a 3 month rolling calendar showing dates and times that are available to groups to hold remote online meetings / sessions.

Zoom Conferencing Calendar Link

Zoom Video Conferencing Calendar. This is a 3 month rolling calendar showing dates and times that are available to groups to hold remote online meetings / sessions. Members can use this to check when their group has a conference session. Conveners wishing to use Zoom, please contact :-

Alan Beale.

U3A Penrith Guidance for Group Meetings. In the light of new government guidelines from 4 July, groups that wish to meet in the open air, should not be discouraged providing they follow the guidelines strictly.  However many of our members are vulnerable and many may not feel confident yet to take part in any groups even within guidelines. 

This means: 

Groups of no larger than six people. 
Meeting only outdoors. 
It is permitted to go inside to the toilet. 
Social distancing of 2m should still be observed.

Scam Alert Continued
‘OK. Can you tell me who that person was?’
‘I’m not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.’
‘Right. Um… so ….’
But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you?’
‘Ok (gave address)’
‘Thank you – and I just need to take a payment card so that we can finalise this and send the kit to you.’
‘Sorry – a payment card? I thought this was all free?’
‘No – I’m afraid not. There is a one-off fee of £500 for the kit, and test results. Could you read off the long card number for me, please, when you’re ready.’
‘No – that’s not right. This is part of the NHS so there’s no charge.’
‘I’m afraid there is. Can you give me the card number please – this is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.’
Puts phone down.
Checks have been made with a Government Tracer who said – THIS IS A SCAM. ‘This is not how we work. There is no payment details of any kind taken by ANY of our teams. Please ,please do not give out your bank or payment details to anyone saying they are from track and trace. Track and trace will only confirm details with you and offer advice, they will not ask for any bank or payment details EVER. We will tell you who we are looking to speak to, we will give you the phone number and website to confirm who we are’. 

Kind regards and please stay safe
Joe Murray QPM
Message Sent By
Joseph Murray (NHWN, Administrator, Cumbria)

Cumbria Police Bulletin

I have been made aware of a number of new scams exploiting peoples fear over the Corona virus. The scams take several forms which include (so far):

  • Individuals in some areas, posing as Medical Staff conducting Covid-19 tests in your home.  
  • Messages claiming to be from HMRC offering a tax refund due to changes in the law around Covid-19, recipients have to click a link which takes them to a fraudulent website
  • Messages claiming to be from the Centre for Disease Control or from the World Health Organisation. These messages offer the recipient the chance to view a list of confirmed cases within their local area by clicking on a link and making a Bitcoin payment.
  • Emails claiming to be from a virologist sending an attached document with instructions on how to avoid the Coronavirus. The attachment is malicious.
  • Fraudulent online sales of masks and hand sanitiser which never materialise. If an online shopping offer looks too good to be true, then it probably is.

Please don’t allow allow anyone into your homes to conduct tests.

Please do not click on links or open attachments and take time to check that the email is from a legitimate source.

Please be aware that fraudsters will go to great lengths to make their communications with you look genuine. 

As Covid-19 continues to spread, fraudsters are likely to continue using the anxiety it generates to trick people out of their personal data and hard earned money.

More than ever, as a community you need to be aware of those in your locality who are elderly, live alone and who are vulnerable.

Please look after and support each other

Joe Murray QPM

Mike Head 07963 904925


Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector

Understandably, charities are concerned about what to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, so we have set out our response to the most commonly asked questions. Read More

Support available for those struggling with family pressures and those affected by Domestic Abuse Read More

Zoom Tutorial. If you would like to use Zoom but not sure how please use the link below for a beginners tutorial :-

Directory of Community Support for the Eden Area: This is a weekly updated directory of community support, aiming to give information and details of useful contacts during these challenging timesRead More (Downloads Document)

Newsletter for the Eden Area – Mental Health & Wellbeing: Tips for Supporting your Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Read More (Downloads Document)

Support available for those struggling with family pressures and those affected by Domestic Abuse Read More

Local Support Group. Members might like to know there is a local corona support group. Its web site is .

Coronavirus Update

During these difficult times Penrith and North Lakes U3A should be providing help and support to people in their homes. Some groups are already doing this. Could I ask group leaders to look at on line systems for communication. I can suggest Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, What’s App or, limited to 40 minutes as a free system, Zoom. The bridge group are trialling online games.At the same time we know many of our members have no internet access or live in areas where it is weak. We must also consider ways to involve them using their landline phones.U3A has always been about supporting our members and groups will know who their vulnerable people are and should check on them. I would welcome any feedback about ideas that have worked that we can pass on to other groups or any other observations. My email address is and landline 01768 606627. Other committee members will be happy to receive them. These will be put on our home page of the web site. The ones you are interested in can be expanded.We are a great community and we will survive this together.

Mike Head 07963 904925

Guide To Living With Worry And Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty

Government Advice

Table Tennis Thursday. Hi All. Due to the current outbreak of Covid 19, Thursday Table Tennis is cancelled until further notice. Stay safe everyone. Keep in touch 01768 865554. Eve.

Spanish Group Hangout

We had our first google hangout for Spanish last Tuesday which worked well. The best way we found was for one person who has gmail to start the video call, then copy and group email everyone else the link that comes up when you press the + invite symbol . They then click the link to join the call. Any problems with microphones tended to solve themselves if the person logged out, then logged back on again. I used my pnlu3anewmembersec  etc address to start it.The group number is limited to 10.I know zoom works fine too, Maggie 

German virtual meetings

The German group are using Zoom to meet for 40 minutes every fortnight. At our first meeting we worked through our usual set of questions based on a Deutsche Welle TV news item and watched a video on the impact of the Coronavirus in Germany. Our next meeting will concentrate on speaking German, each person preparing to speak auf Deutsch on how the crisis is affecting them.