. Kevin English – 2019 National Stroke Volunteer of the Year

Stroke Foundation Volunteer of the Year awarded to Kevin English

U3A Port Phillip member Kevin English this week won the national Volunteer of the Year award from the Australian Stroke Foundation. Kevin joined U3A Port Phillip in 2012 and served as a committee member and treasurer for 2 ½ of these years. The award recognises Kevin’s contributions towards reducing the impact of stroke on the community.

Kevin was presented with this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award at a ceremony at the Melbourne Town Hall on 7 May 2019. Kevin suffered a debilitating haemorrhagic stroke (specifically a burst brain aneurism) 9 years ago which lead to a 6-month hospital stay and a slow but effective progressive recovery since then.

Kevin began volunteering for the Stroke Foundation six years ago and his involvement has spanned many different roles in that time. These include educating the community through StrokeSafe presentations, representing people with stroke on the Stroke Foundation Consumer Council, sharing his experience in educational videos and in media and advocating with government and the health system to improve stroke treatment and care. Kevin also represents stroke sufferers’ interests on the Stroke Clinical Network of Safer Care Victoria, the body charged with improving stroke treatment throughout Victoria.

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan congratulated Kevin on being named this year’s winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award.

“Kevin has contributed countless hours to Stroke Foundation. He has influenced the charity’s core aims, to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery, on many levels” Ms McGowan said.

“Kevin is an inspiration. His experience, dedication and insights are invaluable.”

Stroke Foundation’s 2019 Stroke Awards recognise Australia’s unsung heroes of stroke. Almost 70 people were nominated for an award this year across six categories: Improving Life after Stroke, Creative, Courage, Fundraiser of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and President’s Achievement.

For more information about the 2019 Stroke Awards visit https://strokefoundation.org.au/Media-Releases/2019/05/07/05/18/2019-Stroke-Award-Winners-Announced

Some facts about stroke

A stroke happens when blood supply via arteries to the brain is interrupted. Blood flow may be interrupted or stop because the artery is blocked (ischaemic stroke) or bursts (haemorrhagic stroke). When brain cells do not get enough oxygen or nutrients, they die. The area of brain damage is called a cerebral infarct.

  • Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and is a leading cause of disability.
  • Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.
  • In 2017 there were more than 56,000 new and recurrent strokes – that is one stroke every nine minutes. One in six Australians will suffer a stroke during their lifetime.
  • More than 80% of strokes can be prevented through appropriate medication (e.g. to control high blood pressure) and/or other lifestyle changes.
  • In 2017 there will be more than 475,000 people living with the effects of stroke. This is predicted to increase to one million by 2050.
  • Around 30% of stroke survivors are of working age (under the age of 65).
  • 65% of stroke survivors suffer a disability which impedes their ability to carry out daily living activities unassisted.

The FAST test is an easy way to recognise and remember the major signs of stroke. Using the FAST test involves asking these simple questions:
Face – Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
Arms – Can they lift both arms?
Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
Time – Time is critical. If you see any of these signs, call 000 straight away.

Educate your friends, children and grandchildren to recognise these signs. It could save a life.  If anyone would like to request a presentation on stroke, please contact Kevin English via the U3A office or the Stroke Foundation https://strokefoundation.org.au/What-we-do/Prevention-programs/StrokeSafe-Speakers.

 

 

. New Events in 2019, Semester 1

U3APP has been very active in continuing to add to the course program.  Since bookings opened for Semester 1 2019, the following new courses and one-off events have been  included:  (the newest courses since the last e-bulletin are highlighted in bold text)

COURSES

Monday Courses

Tuesday Courses

Wednesday Courses

Thursday Courses

Friday Courses

ONE-OFF EVENTS

Talks

Out and About

Saturday Seminars

Special Events

For further details about the above courses and one-off events and to book, or if the event is full, to put yourself on the waitlist, click on the course or event name.

You can check back here whenever you want to know about new Courses and One-Off Events.

. Dates for your Diary

2019

Monday 13 May- Cinema at ACMI - Stan & Ollie

Saturday 18 May: Saturday Seminar - Lynsey Poore - Springtime in Paris

Wednesday 22 May - Out & About: Guided Tour of the Hellenic Museum

Monday 10 June - Queen's Birthday - U3APP office closed

Saturday 15 June - Saturday Seminar - Jill Baker - The Horns (Part 1 of a Zambezi trilogy)

Friday 21 June - Tutors & Volunteers Thank You Celebration

Sunday 23 June - Out & About: South Melbourne Historical Walk 

Friday 28 June - end Term 2 / end Semester 1

Monday 15 July - start Term 3 / start Semester 2

Saturday 20 July - Saturday Seminar - Presentation by Sue Taffe - details to be advised

Saturday 17 August - Saturday Seminar - details to be advised

Friday 20 September - end Term 3

Monday 7 October - start Term 4

Saturday 12 October - Seniors Festival Saturday Seminar - date to be confirmed /details to be advised

Tuesday 5 November - Melbourne Cup Day - U3APP office closed

Saturday 16 November - Saturday Seminar - details to be advised

Friday 5 December - end Term 4 / end Semester 2

 

. Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Train Tour

Bayside U3A would like to invite our members to join some of their members on a three day, Silo Art Trail tour from 5 to 7 August this year.

This tour has been designed for those who are interested in art, travel, history and seeing the countryside. For those who would prefer not to drive themselves, this is the ideal way to visit the Mallee-Wimmera in comfort and view these famous works of art, whilst enjoying the company of other U3A members. This promises to be a very informative and enjoyable trip.

Taking into account the needs of many members of U3A who may be solo travelers, there are a limited number of single accommodation places available.

Further information for your members can be obtained at the following web-site Wimmera- Mallee Silo Art Tour

You can view the brochure detailing the itinerary here Wimmera-Mallee Silo Tour Brochure 2 page

Deb Stephenson - Bayside U3A

. VALE Ian Spalding

VALE Ian Spalding

Ian Spalding, U3APP member, died peacefully on the morning of 7 April 2019.  Ian was married to Barbara, who was the U3APP Office Coordinator for many years.

Ian came to Melbourne from rural Victoria, where his father had a Stock & Station Agency.  Ian graduated as a teacher and taught in Melbourne schools until he met Barbara and they married.

Ian’s second career was in International Aid & Community Development.  He also had a lifelong commitment to Australia’s First Peoples and travelled to many indigenous communities where long lasting friendships were built.

In retirement, Ian and Barbara joined U3APP where their combined contribution was significant.

Gentle, courteous, and always supportive, Ian was a loving husband to Barbara and loving father to Rebecca, Harriet, and Ellen.  As a loyal, and staunch friend, Ian will be sadly missed by so many.

José Simsa

. How to stop U3APP emails going into the Spam folder in gmail mailboxes

Recently, we have discovered that a large number of our U3APP emails are ending up in people's spam folders and hence are going unread. This is particularly the case for anyone with a gmail email address.
If you have a gmail address, please check your spam folder for our emails. Please also tell all your U3APP friends about this problem as this e-Bulletin might also go into their spam folders. Click here for instructions on how to tell gmail to not send U3APP emails into the spam folder.

. Art Appreciation class visit NSW Art Gallery

On Friday 22nd February, nine members of various U3APP art classes met at the AGNSW in Sydney under the organisation of our art historian/tutor Diana Stock. The purpose was to view the extraordinary collection of Impressionist and other works by influential figures of modern art on loan from the State Hermitage Collection in St Petersburg, Russia. Click here for the full report and photos of the event.

. Protecting yourself from financial elder abuse

Dear Members

This is about protecting yourself from financial elder abuse.

On Saturday the 13th October your U3APP hosted a most informative speaker – the Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO. Her speech outlined the role of the Age Discrimination Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission.

In her speech she made many valuable points and informed us that the CBA has in June this year launched a guide on how seniors can protect themselves from financial abuse. The guide is called “CBA Safe and Savvy”. To get the guide you do not have to be a Commonwealth Bank customer, it is apparently available at CBA branches. I have just discovered that the guide is also on line at “cba safe and savvy” or here.

We strongly recommend you avail yourself of this information.

With best wishes your Committee of Management,

 

Renate Mattiske

President

. VALE JOHN WROE

It is with sadness we inform our membership that John Wroe died peacefully at home on 28 September 2018

Vale John Wroe

John Wroe

John and his wife Chris joined U3APP in February, 2012.  John took the office of Treasurer in March of that year, a position he held for the next 3 years.  He was also an enthusiastic and talented participant in the Art Group.  In addition, John presented a 6-week course in first term 2017, “How Mineral Deposits Form”.  In this, he drew on his background in scientific exploration in geology, a profession that took John, Chris and their family to many interesting and challenging places in the world.

John had a quiet but steely determination in tackling problems.  It was not unusual to hear his voice from the floor of the office while tackling an issue with cables and the internet.  A little later, John would be delivering the Finance Report at CoM, and be wielding a brush at Art the next day.  All of this would happen with his customary smile, warm manner, and soft voice.

John and Chris made their home available for the Executive meetings and once business was attended to, their hospitality gave us the opportunity to relax.

One of nature’s gentlemen, John will be sadly missed in the corridors of MKC, and more particularly by those of us who came to know and love the truly wonderful and genuine, John Wroe.

(With thanks to José Simsa for this obituary to John)

New Policy on Extended Planned Leave

A new policy has been approved by the U3APP Committee of Management after consultation with tutors, course coordinators, office managers and the IT team. Its aim is to allow maximum access to courses which are most in demand.

In brief, when a member gives notice of extended leave for five or more consecutive weeks from weekly courses – or three or more from fortnightly courses or two or more from monthly courses– that vacated place will be offered to the first person on the waitlist, and the person who is going away will in turn be moved to the top of the waitlist for that course.  These modifications will only affect courses which have a waitlist and the tutor will be consulted to make sure that the move is appropriate.

You will be interested to know that our enrolment team has been able to move more than 150 people off waitlists and into courses in the first semester of this year, so we anticipate that a member will be able to return to class soon after their extended leave.

This policy comes into effect immediately.   Click here to read a fuller version.