The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its U3As, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!
Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.
The U3A movement is supported by its national office.
Aylsham and District U3A is now a full member of the Third Age Trust and we have ordered the Third Age Matters magazine which should have dropped through members' letter boxes in February.
Events & Monthly Meetings - See our Events Page for information on our monthly meetings and the next talk, these are proving very popular and a good opportunity to meet other members and find out what else is going on. Hopefully we will have a raffle for you each month to add something else to our meetings. Any donations for prizes will be gratefully received.
Groups - We have groups starting all the time but we still need more convenors.
Outings - See our latest outings information, via the Events Page. We would love to hear from you of any places you would like to visit and we will consider all requests received.
Coffee Mornings - The popular coffee mornings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 10.00 am to 12.00 at St. John's Catholic Church, White Hart Street, Aylsham,
There are good parking facilities on site and the coffee morning provides a great opportunity to meet and chat informally.
We do need some help, please. Would anybody like to help when we are busy and, especially when we are away. It is not difficult and it is fun.
Our membership is over 300 with new enquiries arriving on a regular basis. Our membership renewal period now runs from 1st April 2019 till 31st March 2020.
MESSAGE FROM YOUR CHAIR
Our Membership continues to expand, which is amazing. It is very humbling when members stop me and say that Aylsham U3A has changed their life.
This year I hope to work with our neighbouring U3As in the hope of organising social events, competitions, special speakers, trips etc. A chance to also make new friends. It may also be possible to create a ‘Shared Learning Project’ with another U3A (a short term research project).
We are also hoping for a ‘historical walk’ around Wymondham by their U3A.
As seen in our December newsletter the Duke of York has created iDEA. This is a Technology project so if you would like to improve your technology skills have a look at his website. But beware it can become rather addictive. iDEA.org.uk
Taken from the February edition of Third Age Matters – From a member of Syston & District U3A
“ I was a community mental health nurse in the Melton Mowbray area.
My colleagues and I regularly referred patients to the local U3A
The overwhelming problem of patients recovering from depression was social isolation.
Our health care worker would find out their hobbies and interests and liaise with relevant U3A group leaders to help the patients initiate attendance.
Once patients attended groups regularly, their mood improved and we were able to discharge them. Frequently they were too busy attending groups to keep their appointments with us!”
Do you know a friend or neighbour who would benefit from being a U3A member?