Great Ideas

Hearing

  • Check your loop systems – do they work? If not get the owner to sort.
  • At an open meeting, get the speaker to repeat the question (from the floor) so everybody can hear it (Congleton U3A).
  • Dulwich and District U3A have had 2 information sessions for members on hearing difficulties and hearing aids. They also reserve the front 2 rows of every open meeting for those with sight and hearing issues.

Sight

  • Offer large print newsletters.
  • Large print cards available for Bridge or Whist.
  • Large print Scrabble boards and tiles.
  • Produce a spoken newsletter – Cheddar Valley U3A converts text to speech.
  • There is a text version of Third Age Matters on the National website, for those with sight problems.

Mobility

  • Open meeting speaker’s talk videoed and put on youtube, accessible via U3As website, password protected.
  • Do an audit of the premises you use – for ramps, handrails, accessible parking and toilets for the disabled – Barnsley U3A.
  • Some County Councils have lists of accessible venues.
  • Link on own U3A website to local bus timetables.
  • Ensure parking places are reserved close to the hall, not just for those with a blue badge (Congleton U3A).

Others

  • Examples of inclusivity/accessibility policies from Todmorden and Beeston U3As:
  • Draft Letter that could be sent to a member asking for confidential info in order to ensure they can be helped where needed from Stafford U3A:
  • Have an Accessibility/Inclusivity Officer on the committee to deal with any relevant problems and to offer help and advice.
  • Some local councils offer a free assessment of driving ability – to those over a certain age.
  • Barnsley U3A offer an ‘associate level of membership for those who can no longer attend our activities but who want to continue with a level of interaction such as receiving newsletters and emails. Also remaining in their U3As closed Facebook Group.
  • Causeway U3A offers transport to and from activities/meetings.
  • Carers are welcomed to meetings, they are covered by the U3A insurance (unless they are professional carers) and are not charged for the meeting.
  • Outline of advice for speakers at an Open Meeting from Beeston U3A:
  • Aberystwyth U3A record their Open meeting speaker and put the audio on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com) available for everyone under download control.
  • Visits check list (Beeston)
  • Briefing notes for Meeters and Greeters (Beeston)
  • Notes for Speakers at monthly meetings
  • A buddy system for those without email or internet
  • Carers attend meetings free of charge and U3A insurance covers them (unless professional)

What do you do for your members to ensure inclusivity for all? Do let us know and we will share it with all our U3As.