Of Interest

This page contains items of possible interest to members. They are derived from contacts received by Cardiff U3A from other organisations or individuals who are seeking to advertise or to gain assistance. The Cardiff U3A in no way endorses or recommends any of these items.

Citizens' Advice: Request for Volunteers

We have a couple of vacancies that need filling asap at Cardiff Magistrates Court. Ideally we're looking for people who can make a long term commitment to volunteering with us. We're hoping to do some interviews before Christmas

For more information, including copies of the volunteer role profiles, see https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/citizens-advice-witness-service/. People can apply to volunteer with us by clicking on the blue "Apply Now" button in the middle of the page. To see some frequently asked questions about volunteering with us, please see here: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/support-us/volunteering/volunteer-with-our-witness-service/ws-volunteering-faqs/

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Thanks so much for your help! Regards, Phil Gibson


From Literature Wales (10/11/21)

I’m getting in touch to kindly ask for your help to reach new individuals, groups and communities with the news that our Representing Wales writer development programme is now open for applications from writers living in Wales:


Aimed this time at writers from low-income backgrounds who live in Wales, the year-long programme will offer cash funding of up to £3500 to help the writers to focus on their writing careers.

During the year, they will receive one-to-one mentoring sessions, talks and workshops by successful writers, networking opportunities online and in festivals and many more opportunities to develop their writing and knowledge of the literature and publishing scene in Wales and beyond.

This second round of our Representing Wales follows this year’s successful inaugural programme, aimed at writers of colour. This year’s cohort has received training from writers including Roger Robinson, Kit de Waal, Charlotte Williams, Michael Rosen and Raymond Antrobus.

The writers are selected by an independent panel of five experts from low-income backgrounds: Tanya Byrne (Chair), Connor Allen, Iola Ynyr, Emma Smith-Barton, and Niall Griffiths.

We feel passionate about working towards a representative sector which reflects the diversity of Wales, but we need help from partners and stakeholders to reach new audiences, specifically writers from low-income backgrounds who are people of colour, Welsh-speakers, those belonging to the LGBTQ+ community, and those living with illnesses or disabilities.

We are keen to receive applications from all parts of Wales, including rural areas and those in west, mid and north Wales.

The closing date is Tuesday 14 December 2021 – could you please help by sharing the opportunity with any relevant contacts?

We’d also be interested in hearing from you regarding working in partnership on the scheme in 2022 if this is of interest. Many thanks for your time,

Marisa Loach Cymorth Cyfathrebu Prosiect | Project Communications Support Llenyddiaeth Cymru | Literature Wales

NEW - 'Never Mind The Bus Pass' featuring U3A members in episodes 1 and 3 : 18:30 BBC Radio Wales

Art Appreciation

Mary Lake, formerly our Art Appreciation tutor has some pictures to view:

Browse to https://www.society-women-artists.org.uk/2021-exhibition then

  1. click on 2021 exhibition then

  2. 'click here to visit the 2021 Annual Open exhibition'

  3. under 'All Artwork' is a section View by Artist. Names will come up more clearly. Mary's name is right at the end of a line about 20 lines down Click and her two pictures that have been selected will come up.

Hearing Loss or Deafness?

From : The Volunteer Coordinator for RNID’s Live Well with Hearing Loss service here in South Wales.

I am getting in touch today as I would like to widen knowledge about the new befriending service which is running as part of the project until the end of March 2023.

Our befriending service is open to anybody in Wales who is deaf or has a hearing loss who would like to have a regular chat, or receive letters, from one of our trained volunteers. They do not need to be hearing-aid wearers. It’s aimed at those who are feeling lonely or who are socially isolated and we are able to offer them a series of ten befriending sessions.

At the moment we are offering phone calls or letters but we hope to be able to offer face-to-face befriending in the near future (when circumstances allow).

If anybody would like to register themselves or someone else for the service, they can email livewell.cymru@rnid.org.uk to request the referral form).

I’d also be really happy to hear from anybody interested in becoming a befriender volunteer themselves of course! Link to Information Leaflet

Online Volunteering Opportunities

Two websites which provide an opportunity to help charities etc without leaving your sofa.


uses expertise from people to help identify objects etc. A person will send in a picture and ask people if they can identify it (these can for instance be children in a class in a third world country who want advice where the teacher does not have the answer) One area they are short of expertise is identifying star constellations. My daughter has been counting beluga whales seen in the sea in a certain area...the results of which will be used by conservationists


uses you to identify features from photographs to inform aid agencies to classify areas where there is no map detail, for instance from a photograph Identifying all buildings seen in an area. If there is a natural disaster in the area aid agencies will know if the area was inhabited and approximate how many people were there

Both websites explain exactly what is wanted.

Computer Users : from information provided by a member of the Computer Group:

If you have a problem with your computing device and can’t get any joy from the company who supplied it to you (and that includes them quoting exorbitant costs or trying to fob you off with ... “it can’t be mended” - which could be one and the same thing - then a number of members of U3A have used the services of “We’ll Fix Your PC” who are based in Llanishen.

To date, I’m not aware of any bad experiences and only glowing recommendations. Neil (the owner) will handle your problem sympathetically and very patiently and will not (as far as I’m aware) charge you for assessing what the problem is. A recent case in point was an “all-in-one” PC that was assessed as irreparable by a high-street chain and diagnosed as a failed hard-disk that could not be replaced - because the manufacturers website “said so” - and it was less than 4 years old!! A trip up to Llanishen found the problem to be a software problem which was quickly fixed and our U3A member saved themselves well over £1000 on a replacement machine!

So consider giving “We’ll Fix your PC" a visit when you have problems with your PC, Mac, iPad or Tablet. Their website is - https://wewillfixyourpc.co.uk