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U3A turns to social media during coronavirus lockdown

The Dawn Chorus, together before the lockdown.
The Dawn Chorus, together before the lockdown. / SUR
  • Volunteers have now set up Facebook platforms and WhatsApp groups in order to offer a few online activities during lockdown

The U3A Costa del Sol Fuengirola is the latest association to turn to social media in order to continue offering a service to its members during the current state of alarm. The association is run by group leaders who usually offer their knowledge and skills in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Some of these volunteers have now set up Facebook platforms and WhatsApp groups in order to offer a few online activities during lockdown.

The Art History group is currently setting up a social media page called Picture of the Week, which will feature well-known paintings, drawings and sculptures, complete with notes that explain why it is considered special.

Those interested in science can enjoy video presentations on a variety of subjects; while the writing group is using WhatsApp to keep in touch. Members of the group have been invited to write and submit a short story based on experiences of the coronavirus crisis.

Other initiatives include online bridge; a quiz night on FaceTime, and a Facebook page dedicated to The Dawn Chorus, a choral group led by the association's president Dawn Boardman.

"I set up the page so members can upload videos of themselves singing. Anyone can become a member and I am really trying to encourage this. We have a mixture of music so far, including classical and a cappella," the president explained.

For more information, visit the group's Facebook page.