Happy New Year
to all our members
Welcome to the Eastwood & District University of the Third Age (U3A), Registered Charity Number 1164636.
U3A is a self-funding co-operative of older people which enables members to share many educational, creative and leisure activities.
U3A is a wonderful organisation. All members can take from it what they want, and give to it what they can contribute. Members, through sharing their knowledge, skills and experience, learn from each other, meet new people, make new friends and expand their world. Members drive the organisation and activities and this gives us great freedom and independence to provide what YOU, the members, want.
The Main Meeting is held monthly, at 10.00am on the first Wednesday of each month at St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Eastwood. There will normally be a guest speaker, and an opportunity to find out about the Interest Groups that are available to members. Anyone interested in learning about our U3A is very welcome to come. Refreshments are provided and you can chat to other members and learn all about the organisation.
This web site gives contact information, details of Group activities, news from the Groups and how to join. See under the “Calendar” tab or “Events” tab for a monthly calendar of activities and the “Groups” tab for more details about each group’s activities. We also publish a newsletter which gives updated information and copies are also available on this site.
Information about Interest Groups
A fundamental principle of U3A is that in active retirement, people are capable of managing their own affairs, including their own learning. U3A is very much based on self help and offers members the opportunity to dip in and out of groups as they please. There is no commitment to enrol in classes for a specific time period and there are no exams. The word university is used in its original sense of “a collective of people devoted to a particular kind of activity of personal development”.
Interest Groups are varied and include intellectual, recreational and social activities. Though autonomy is fundamental within U3A, this does not mean the groups are unstructured. Groups set up their own programmes and structure and all members are encouraged to contribute.
Interest Groups are run by Group Contacts who volunteer to lead activities. They convene the group and ensure that everyone knows what is going to happen, where it will happen and when. They encourage members to participate fully, to contribute and learn from one another, passing on their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm. A new group can be started at anytime, providing we have a contact and interested members.
Interest Groups operating at the moment are listed under the “Groups” tab and more are being developed as the U3A grows. Group Contacts can be contacted directly in order to obtain specific details of the different groups.
We are sure that you will find activities that will interest you and hope you find U3A interesting, educational and fulfilling.