Monthly Update – July 2024

Welcome to the July 2024 Monthly Update.

In April 2023, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) reported that Australians made over 601,000 scam reports in 2023, an 18.5 per cent increase on 2022. In terms of financial losses, investment scams continued to cause the most harm ($1.3 billion), followed by remote access scams ($256 million) and romance scams ($201 million).

Older people suffered the greatest harm at the hands of scammers. People over the age of 65 were the only age group to experience an increase in reported losses. We have heard from several members who have been targeted by scammers, e.g., requests to buy Apple Gift Cards, and, in some cases, were unfortunately caught up in the scam.

Please read the section at the end of this Update about spotting a scam.

We will also be arranging short talks around topics such as scams and how to avoid them during our second semester. We will advertise these in the Monthly Update and list them on our website at https://gleneirau3a.org.au and in the Course Catalogue.

It’s surprising how many people who might benefit, simply don’t know about our organisation. Please tell your friends and family about our fast-approaching Open Days and Art Exhibition. This is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about our vibrant Glen Eira U3A community. Come and admire the artistic creations of members enrolled in our various art and craft classes.

Mark Rubinstein
President


Don’t Forget The Art Exhibition & Open Days
Friday 12 July – Sunday 14 July

  • Where: Glen Eira U3A, 1151 Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly (entry via Woolworths carpark off Manchester Grove)

FRIDAY 12 JULY – 10.00 to 4.00

  • Art Exhibition: open for viewing
  • Art Demonstration: 11.00am – Art demonstration by accomplished Melbourne artist, Clive Sinclair

SATURDAY 13 JULY – 10.00 to 4.00

  • Art exhibition: open for viewing
  • Musician, Leo Roland John: 1.00-2.00 – Jazz music with gentle percussion accompaniment
  • Official Opening: 2.00pm – Mayor of Glen Eira, Cr Anne-Marie Cade, will officially open the Art Exhibition
  • Presentations: following official opening – Caulfield MP, David Southwick, will present a number of Art Exhibition prizes to the winning entrants
  • Refreshments – Afternoon tea will be served following the presentation of prizes.

SUNDAY 14 JULY – 10.00 to 4.00

Art exhibition: open for viewing


Fibre Art – Are You Interested?

Are you interested in fibre art? Fibre art can involve weaving, basketry, embroidery, twining and sculptural weaving and can use materials or objects such as wire, raffia, pandanus leaves, cane and embroidery thread.

If you are interested, we will arrange a group where the meetings, maybe once a month or fortnight, would not be about training in a particular fibre art but more an opportunity for members to gather to work on their projects in a stimulating and engaging environment or where members may wish to share their skills and expertise or just meet and bring their projects.

Please let the Course Coordinator know if you would be interested in joining this group by emailing courses@gleneirau3a.org.au.


Course Update – Enrol Now

A reminder that our semester break is from Monday July 1 to Friday 12 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 15 July 2024.

Here are some new courses – we will have more short courses coming in semester 2.

24COM10: 3-D Printing and Modelling (Friday, 3 sessions, 18/10/24-1/11/24, 9.30-11.30)

Join the tutor, Howard, as you explore 3-D printing and modelling, Participants will gain a. basic understanding of 3-D printing and design their own models to be printed.

Each participant will take home a model that they have created. Glen Eira U3A now has the use of a brand-new printer for the duration of the course so we can see it in full operation.

Participants will need to pay $10 for the cost of materials. You must bring a laptop that can connect to the internet as you will be designing your own individual project.

You must go to the website Tinkercad.com and start an account. This is free online software. Tinkercad.com has excellent tutorials that would be beneficial to look at prior to the course. Tinkercad is used to design your project. Not necessary, but you may also wish to download Creality Print. Your project is sent to Creality Print which controls the printer.

24COM12: Travel & The Internet: Tips & Tricks (Tuesday, 2 sessions; 24/9/24-1/10/24, 1.30-3.00)

This course will look at using the internet to research, book and keep track of your travel. We will look at both air travel, cruises and travel insurance. Also included will be topics on frequent flyer programs and using loyalty points.

24COM13: Best Gas & Electricity? Use The Internet (Tuesday, 1 session; 8/10/24, 1.30-3.00)

This course will look at using the internet to find the best gas and electricity rates and suppliers. Additionally, the tutor will provide guidance on how to change suppliers, if desired.

24COM14: You Can Manage Your Medications Online (Tuesday, 2 sessions; 22/10/24-29/10/24, 1.30-3.00)

You can manage your prescriptions through a mobile application. Your local pharmacy may even have their own application which can help you more easily manage your prescriptions. This course will provide guidance with apps that can list your medications, create reminders for taking medicines, automate reminders that let you know when it’s time to fill your recurring scripts and enable ordering them on-line. Additionally, the course will introduce participants to myHealthRecord and the Senior’s Health Card.

24COM15: Using the Apple Camera & Photo Apps (Tuesday, 1 session; 15/10/24, 1.30-3.00)

This beginner course will look at how you can use the Apple Camera and Photo apps. It will include editing, sharing and sorting your digital photos into albums.

Participants will need to bring their Apple iPhone and/or iPad to the course.

24EXE10: Social and Casual Walking Group (Monday weekly, 22/7/24- 25/11/24, 10.00-12.00)

Join the tutor, Maggie, for walks within the outskirts of Melbourne, including beach and bay tracks, forest walks, with options of car-pooling and public transport if required. Maggie is not a qualified walks leader, so everyone will be responsible for themselves and the others in the group.

The start time for walks will be 10.00 and the finish time will depend on our return from our destination. We will meet in the Duncan McKinnon car park, cnr Murrumbeena and North Roads Murrumbeena.

Members joining our walking group should have average fitness, be able to walk approx. 5-7 km depending on the group’s interest and lots of enthusiasm! Members should also wear appropriate footwear and dress according to the weather conditions.

24COM11: Technology & Me: Get Started (Apple) (Tuesday, 5 sessions; 20/8/24-17/9/24, 1.00-3.00)

This course “Technology & Me: Get Started (Apple)” is the beginner course for members with Apple iPhones and iPads. This is a beginner course will cover areas such as basic terminology and concepts, how to get online, navigate to a website and do a basic search.

You would need to BYOD (bring your own device) such as a iPhone or iPad. Members will be contacted before the course commences and will complete a questionnaire. Although this course is for beginners, it assumes that members will know how to turn on their Apple iPhone or iPad, know their password and have some basic skills in using the device.

Enrolment for any of our courses can be completed online at https://gleneirau3a.org.au/members/ or visit us at 1151 Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly if you do not feel confident in enrolling online.


Health, Safety and Wellbeing – CAN YOU SPOT A SCAM?

Scammers will often tell sad and tragic stories and tell you a matter is urgent in an attempt to convince you to help. Be wary of any appeal for money and don’t give the money if you cannot confirm that the story is true. Examples that we have heard from our members include being asked to buy Apple Gift Cards. These have been shown to be scams.

Signs that it could be a scam or threat:

  • An unknown person unexpectedly calls, messages or emails you.
  • They claim to be from a government agency, debt collection agency or trusted company.
  • They say you owe money and need to pay a fee or fine to fix the matter.
  • They threaten you with legal action, arrest or worse if you refuse to pay right away.
  • They ask you to transfer money to an account for safekeeping or further investigation.

Steps to remember:

  • Stop: do not give money or personal information to anyone if you are unsure
  • Think: ask yourself, could the message or call be a fake?
  • Protect: act quickly if something feels wrong

What to do if you have been scammed

  • Act fast to prevent further losses or scams
  • Stop corresponding with the suspected scammers and report the scam.
  • Contact your bank immediately if you have provided your financial details or recently transferred money.

Where can I get more information on scams? These websites have information on scams and how to avoid and report them:

Here are some useful websites with information about scams and contact details: