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VolFest Gets the New Year Off to A Good Start

This month, Trust volunteers were invited to take part in a week-long festival of events providing training, workshops and opportunities to network and prepare for the busy year ahead.

This was the first of its kind and successfully delivered a new style of learning and training to different groups within the u3a movement. In doing so we maximized engagement and embraced the new digital platforms that we find ourselves working on. Over 230 volunteers took part in the week with 655 participants overall engaging with the different events. 78% reported having more confidence following events, whilst 80% said the format was easy to follow.

The festival included a wide variety of activities for participants to join in and share learning and included sessions on Trust Volunteer Induction, Navigating the Website, Coordinating Volunteers, Understanding Beacon, Communications and Social Media. There were a number of informal sessions including a cocktail hour and lunch and learn fun with Zoom.

We aim to run another festival for u3a groups supporting the movement in the near future so watch out for information on this.

Meanwhile I’d like to say a big thank you to those who supported us to make this such a successful event including:-

Trust Volunteers 

Margaret Fiddes (Trustee)
Jean Jackson
Frank Bailey (Chair of Beacon)
Chris Winner (Chair of Learning Committee)
Doreen Raine (Chair of D&I Committee)
Sue Southwell (D&I Committee)

u3a Office Staff

Liz Drury (Head of Policy & Communications)
Eleanor Mair (Communications Officer)
Adam Walton (Beacon Project Executive Officer)
Fran Walton (Data Information Manager)
Jo Smith (TAM Editor)
Alison May (Head of Member Services)
Georgia Law (Learning, Advice and Volunteer Officer)

And of course our intrepid Training Working Group: as seen in the picture
Beryl Shepherd, Susie Berry, Jane Pavier, Liz Thackray and Ruth Freedman.

FINALLY TO SAY A Huge ‘THANK YOU’ to all our Trust Volunteers who continue to work and give their time tirelessly to supporting the u3a Movement.

Feedback from participants:

“11/10 for all your preparation and organisation. Can’t wait for Volfest #2”
“It was great to feel part of the wider u3a movement and I certainly learnt a lot” 
“I will share my enthusiasm and outcomes at our next network meeting”
“There is more information on the website that is useful to me than I had imagined”
“ I found all of the sessions very useful”

To find out more about becoming a Trust Volunteer, email NOVolunteer@u3a.org.uk