Our News

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Beginner Course Photos to Celebrate!

Congratulations to the graduates of the "How to Take Better Photos While Having Fun" course that ran this term with John Jones-Parry!

 

They used their cameras and mobile phones to create these great images.

 

Next year, the class will continue at a slightly more advanced level, working on individual/group monthly portfolios based around a set topic.


Save the date – Christmas Carols - Tue 13 December

Our Choir Audacity 2, will be performing Christmas Carols in Macleod Park (northern end), Birdwood Ave, Macleod on Tuesday 13 December at 6.00pm. BYO chair, Nancy will provide booklets with the words. There is no shelter; rain on the day will cause cancellation of the event. 

 


 

U3A Banyule Policies

 In our discussions earlier this year on the development of our Strategic Plan, we identified a need to ensure that our members were aware of the policies, which have been developed over several years by the Committee of Management. 

 

Health & Safety (Serious Injury & Incident) Policy

We recognise that the health and safety of members and volunteers is important and that injuries or illnesses resulting from accidents or incidents should be acted upon, reported and investigated to minimise the risk of recurrence. We endeavour to achieve a zero-accident rate. To keep us all safe, members and tutors are responsible for promptly removing hazards when identified.

 

This policy documents the procedures to be applied where a serious injury or illness results from an accident or incident and where an incident occurs that has the potential to recur and to cause serious injury or illness. All incidents that occur in a U3A Banyule context need to be reported to Alan Marks, our Health and Safety Officer, using the Incident Notification Form. Alan will investigate the cause of the injury and make recommendations to the Committee of Management so that further incidents can be avoided. When relevant a report is made to our insurance provider.

 

See https://www.u3abanyule.org.au/constitution_and_policies.html for the text of the Health & Safety (Serious Injury & Incident) Policy and other U3A Banyule policies.


Banyule City Council Celebrates Seniors

Banyule Council have just released the video "Age is Just a Number" on positive ageing.  President Judith Craze was asked to be involved as an interviewee and tutor Sheila and the French class are featured. Watch the little video all the way through and we hope you have a bit of a laugh as well as the sense that there is plenty for Seniors to do in Banyule. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cVR4KCcLF0 


U3A Banyule Annual General Meeting 2022

The Thirty-sixth Annual General Meeting of U3A Banyule Inc was held on Thursday 18 August, 10.00 am.  Due to increasing COVID numbers and the size limitation of our meeting rooms U3A Banyule members participated in the AGM via Zoom.  

 

The meeting papers and a recording of the proceedings are published on the website, the link was provided to all members via email.


 

U3A Banyule Strategic Plan 2022-24

 

The U3A Banyule Strategic Plan 2022 - 2024 builds upon the work of previous Committees of Management and has been informed by member surveys undertaken over the last year.


This is the third strategic plan prepared by the U3A Banyule Committee of Management. It was prepared at the beginning of 2022 supported by a Banyule City Council Community Grant which enabled the Committee of Management to engage a consultant to facilitate the preparation of the plan.

 

Click here to read the U3A Banyule Strategic Plan 2022 - 2024.

Congratulations to Janice Kelly OAM

On Thursday 27 April one of our life members, Janice Kelly, received her OAM for her tireless work for the community.

At U3A Banyule, Janice has been a tutor in Philosophy for very many years, she was President for 4 years and Course Coordinator for 2 years among a whole range of other roles and activities. During these years U3A went through many changes, including our going online and our move to ILCH.

 

Janice was our liaison person with Banyule Council from the very beginning of the plans for the new Community Centre. She ensured we had a top-class facility that demonstrated our importance to the community. She still plays a pivotal role in our dealing with Council.  A well-deserved award!


 

Congratulations Michael Maguire!

Our ‘Technical Guru’ Michael Maguire has recently been honoured with two significant awards. On April 2, he was presented with a Jagajaga Community Volunteer Award by Kate Thwaites MP. The citation for Michael read as follows:


"Michael is U3A Banyule’s Technology Coordinator. He provides technology support to the organisation, to its members and to the Banyule community. Michael has conducted technology classes for over 50s, introduced the use of video conference technology during COVID lockdowns, trained U3A facilitators and shared his vast knowledge of information security. An exceptional teacher, Michael is always keen to share his passion.”

 

On 12 May, Michael was short-listed from an Australia-wide field, by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission, for his significant voluntary contribution to the not-for-profit sector. It was acknowledged that he has positively impacted the lives of many others, by skilling them in the effective  and safe use of smartphones and computers.

 

We congratulate Michael and thank him for all he does.

 

IMPORTANT:- COVID-19 Update for U3A Banyule members 

(as at 3 August 2022)

  • You no longer need to be vaccinated or show your vaccination status upon entering our premises or the library
  • You no longer have to check in with QR codes
  • Members are strongly encouraged to wear masks in classes and lectures
  • As a safety measure in our U3A classes, we will continue to sanitize high touch areas and also space seating to maintain 1.5m distancing

Restrictions have eased but let’s still look after everyone in our community:

  • Please stay at home if you are sick
  • Maintain hand hygiene
  • Please maintain 1.5m distancing when possible

Communication from U3A Banyule

Most of our news is sent out by email and it is important to keep your email address in MyU3A up to date. You may also need to alter your email security settings to ensure U3A Banyule emails arrive in your Inbox, instead of going into your Junk Mail.

 

For instructions on how to update your email address through MyU3A (Member Log In) and how to review your email security settings, see this handy information.