So what’s it all about then?
Bedale & District u3a was founded in April 2009. It is a voluntary group, run entirely by volunteers. The pandemic has prevented meetings of every kind everywhere and this includes the u3a. We hope to see members old and new returning as we begin to meet again in the coming months. During lockdown, monthly meetings took place via Zoom, enabling us to continue our learning and enjoyment by hearing speakers sharing their experiences and talents via the screen. The committee also continued to meet in this way and have been able to keep the u3a going. In September 2021, monthly meetings re-started at Chantry Hall in accordance with Government guidance.
The aims of the group are:
• To learn together and teach each other
• To offer wide and varied activities and contacts
• To widen our knowledge, experiences, skills, activities, social contacts and friendships
• To develop self-confidence, raise self-esteem, improve health, enhance the quality of life and aid others to do the same.
• To enable the learning of something new and help realise a dream or ambition.
• And most importantly to enjoy the experience.
Group activities are beginning to start again, restrictions permitting. For up-to-date details of these, click on the ‘Groups’ button to see details of activities that might interest you and find the contact links to group leaders. All group leaders and participants are u3a members. Remember – it only takes two people to form a group and group meetings can be held anywhere, at any time you choose, on any subject or interest you wish. So, if you have an interest you would like to share – come and join us at our next monthly meeting and give us your suggestions. Support and help is available for anyone wanting to start something new.
The wider u3a was founded over 35 years ago and the UK u3a movement (based loosely on the French model) aims to encourage groups of people in their third age to come together and continue their enjoyment of learning in subjects of interest to them. The 'third age' is defined by a time in your life (not necessarily chronological) where you have the opportunity to undertake learning for its own sake. There is no minimum age, but the focus is on people who are no longer in full-time employment or raising a family. From the start, the guiding principles were to promote lifelong learning through self-help interest groups covering a wide range of topics and activities as chosen by their members. Nationally, there are over a thousand u3a groups involving over 400,000 members with a National Office in London.
View THE THIRD AGE TRUST website via u3a link above.
Bedale u3a is a registered charity number 1182934