Covid Update for Members

Members will be aware of the increase of covid infections in the community and the impact this is having on our age group. Because of this I am strongly recommending that members follow the latest advice and wear a mask for indoor activities, particularly where social distancing is difficult. This is not a mandate of U3A but a recommendation for the well- being of all members. Common sense must apply when undertaking physical activities. It is also appropriate to remind members that if they have symptoms, they should not attend classes and send their apologies to their class representatives via the U3A system. Committee has agreed apologies need to be registered via U3A approved system. For privacy reasons it is not appropriate to use a class social media process. Please keep safe and secure during this winter period and continue to enjoy Manningham U3A classes.

David McNamara

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Upcoming U3AM Talk

All members are invited to our first public talk for Term 3.
You are welcome to attend either in person or by Zoom.

Title: Angel Flight Australia
Speakers: Reg Shiel (Pilot) & Warren Sparrow (Earth Angel/Driver)
Date: Thursday 18th August, 2022
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: Room 13/14, Pines Learning Centre

Angel Flight Australia is a charity that coordinates non-emergency flights to help country people trying to deal with the triple trouble of bad health, poor finances and daunting distance. All flights are free and may involve patients travelling to medical facilities anywhere in Australia.

If you intend to attend the on-site session, please let me know by email at:
The talk will be recorded so you can have the option to view in your own time. A link to the recording will be sent to all members after the Zoom sesssion.

Pauline DiNatale

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New Courses for Terms 3 & 4

Three new courses are available to members in term 3 commencing in August.
For further information, check the Course Information Page.
To enroll, go through the Member Login Page.
Please bring your confirmation letter and vaccine certificate to the first face to face class.

1. 9833 Investment Management and Superannuation Discussion Group
The Discussion Group provides the opportunity to discuss investment management and superannuation (administration, regulatory changes [actual, proposed and possible], strategies). The topics will be determined by the group. This course is for information purposes only and should not be considered as the giving of investment, tax, legal or other advice or recommendation by any member of the Group or by Manningham U3A.

Tutor: Graeme Nicholas
Time and Day: Week 4 of the month, 13:30 - 14:50, commence on 25 August 2022
Venue: Zoom 3
Terms: 3 and 4

2. 9834 Online Shopping (Advanced)
Bring your own laptop, iPad or tablet if you wish.
In this course you will learn many of the tips and tricks for buying products online. This will include how to search for your chosen category or product, how to compare products, how to purchase and what to expect post purchase. You will learn first hand about the main online stores including marketplaces such as eBay, Amazon, Gumtree, Facebook and Google Shopping and websites such as Coles, Woolies, Myer and others. We will review how to trust a website as well as payment methods such as credit card, PayPal, ApplePay, GooglePay and AfterPay.

Tutor: Toby Wallace-Crabbe
Time and Day: Week 2 and 4 of the month, 12:00 - 13:20, commence on 12 August 2022
Venue: Room 13
Terms: 3 and 4

3. 9835 Reading for Pleasure
This class is for members who love reading fiction. All contributions however diverse will be welcome.

Tutor: Bridget Halge
Time and Day: Week 1 of the month, 13:30 - 15:00, commence on 1 August 2022
Venue: The Pines Library Doncaster East
Terms: 3 and 4

Milly Ching
Curriculum Manager

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Migrant English Program

U3A Manningham’s fully-trained tutors assist migrants who wish to improve their English language speaking, listening and understanding. The attached leaflet outlines how to access this assistance. Please pass it on to anyone you know who may be interested.

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Using QR Codes at U3A Manningham

Service Victoria App Instructions

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Information on how to communicate enrolment problems

Our Enrolments Team is very happy to assist Members with any enrolment problems they may have. However, it is important that enrolment queries only be communicated in either of the following two ways:

  • By leaving a handwritten message at the U3A office. Such a message must be written on a message form (available at the office) which must be dated and signed. The office personnel will ensure that the message is put into the appropriate pigeonhole. Please note that only messages that are signed and dated will be followed up by the Enrolments Team.
  • By email using either of the following U3A Manningham enrolment email addresses:

  • General enrolment email address - To be used for all queries regarding classes, waitlists, enrolling in or withdrawing from a class (when this is not able to be actioned by the member online), applying for a refund, updating contact details including changes of email addresses. Also Tutors wishing to close or increase the size of a class.

    Enrolment Help email address - To be used for queries or problems members and/or class reps may have regarding enrolments or marking rolls online, as well as any other enrolment assistance required. Enrolment Help acts as an assistant to the Enrolments Officer.

If your enrolment queries are submitted in either of these ways, they will be received and acted upon promptly.

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Membership Fee Refunds

We are always sorry when members are unable to attend their selected classes. If that does occur and you wish to apply for the refund of your membership fee, a request may be submitted at any time during the membership (calendar) year.

Please note that a member will only be eligible for a membership fee refund if he/she has not been accepted into any classes in which he/she has enrolled and is not currently in arrears on any fees payable to U3A Manningham. As well, special or extenuating circumstances (especially early in the membership year) may be considered and must be submitted in writing to the Treasurer either by email ( or a letter which can be left at the office.

Membership refund forms are available from the office or may be downloaded here or from the Course Information Page. Please ensure that the form is properly completed and signed and contains sufficient information for the request to be assessed and processed effectively.

Once a refund has been approved, the membership is revoked and the person will be removed from all waiting lists and will cease to be a member of U3AM, and therefore, will no longer be eligible to attend any classes or organised events of U3AM. Upon membership cessation, a new application will have to made should you decide to rejoin in the future.

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Code Red Fire Danger Rating – Cancellation of all U3A Manningham Classes

The Pines Learning and Activity Centre is now a designated Manningham Emergency Relief Centre. As such, Manningham Council has priority use of the building during a declared emergency.
Following declaration by the Victorian CFA of a Code Red Fire Danger Rating in the Central district (Melbourne, Geelong and surrounding areas), all U3A Manningham classes will be cancelled automatically, without notice, in all locations until the emergency has ceased.
The U3A car park at The Pines will be closed to the public during this time.
Updated information regarding emergency situations is available on the CFA website (, on local ABC 774 and commercial radio stations, on Sky News TV, and on the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (1800 240 667). Members should stay informed, follow the advice given and not make unnecessary trips.
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