Would you like to meet like-minded people to pursue your interests and develop new ones, in small friendly groups?
If you’re now at a stage in life when paid work and other commitments have decreased, come and join us, expand your horizons and make new friends.
What is the U3A?
U3A is a unique and exciting organisation which provides life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities for retired and semi-retired people. They come together to follow their interests, not for qualifications, as none are given, but for the sheer joy of discovery!
The initials U3A originally stood for University of the Third Age, but the U3A movement isn't a ‘university’ as we would understand that word today. The founders used it in its original sense of people coming together to share and pursue special interests. The movement is now simply called U3A, as it was found that use of the word 'university' was too often misunderstood.
The local U3As
The local U3As are described as self-help, self-managed learning cooperatives for older people no longer in full-time work. Members share their skills and life experiences in a wide range of Special Interest Groups.
Brunswick, West Hove & Portslade U3A
Our U3A is one of about 1,050 U3As all over the country with over 444,000 members between them. We aim to cover the areas of West Hove, Hangleton and Portslade especially, although anyone can join and we also have members from other parts of Brighton & Hove and beyond.
Special Interest Groups
Most of our Special Interest Groups meet in members’ homes but for a few groups where this is impractical (e.g. Yoga) we hire a suitably sized hall or room. Each Group organises its own activities with a Group Coordinator. Some Groups meet weekly, some fortnightly and some monthly. Full details of all our groups can be found on the Groups page.
Monthly Meetings and Visits
In addition to the Special Interest Groups we have Monthly Meetings for all members in a hired hall, with an invited speaker or some other activity, during the Autumn and Spring Terms plus one meeting in the Summer Term. The hall is disabled accessible and has a hearing loop. We also have a termly Educational Visit to a place of interest, usually somewhere in Sussex. (Once arranged these meetings and visits are advertised on the Events page.)
We offer a reduced membership fee for those who join part way through a U3A year and/or are already members of another U3A. The full membership fee is currently £18. For those joining after 1st January it's £12 and for those joining after 1st May it's £6. Reduced fees for those who are already members of another U3A are explained on the joining form. The U3A year starts at the beginning of September.
The above describes our U3A as it was operating before the current lockdown related to the spread of Covid-19. Unfortunately, in line with other U3As and similar organisations, we have had to curtail some of our activities for the time being but hope to be able to restart more of them later in the year. Some of our Interest Groups are still managing to continue some activities using electronic communications and/or socially distanced meetings out of doors. The Monthly Meetings will start up again on Zoom as from September 2020 but we have had to suspend the Educational Visits for the rest of 2019/20. We are circulating the latest news to our members by means of regular emails and Newsletters and we have also set up a members' Facebook group for sharing useful information and for keeping in touch with each other. Please check back here from time to time for the latest situation.