Buxton & District

General Information About Us


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What is the u3a?

The u3a is a nationwide self-help organisation that brings together retired and semi-retired people to share creative, social and learning opportunities within their local community. All u3as have Charitable Status, have their own Constitution and an AGM is held each year.

How does it work?

The u3a is a membership organisation and is open to any individual who is either retired or semi-retired, is in their ‘Third Age’ and have a passion for life-long learning. You don’t need any qualification to join and there are no exams. You can also join more than one u3a as sometimes areas overlap and you may find different interest groups set up. Please check this link to see the Benefits of Buxton U3A membership. In addition to local u3as there is also a national Virtual U3A.

What does Buxton & District u3a do?

We were founded in 1996 and have currently over 400 members and various interest groups. Have a look on the Groups tab and see if there is anything that attracts you or browse our Leaflet 2 for more information. You can attend two u3a sessions for free as a 'taster'. We welcome interest from members wanting to start a new group and our Group leader liaison can be contacted for advice. See our Contact page. In addition to interest groups we hold a general meeting every second Monday of the month. This is currently held on Zoom (during COVID-19) with a variety of speakers covering varied interesting topics; see Events tab.

How do I join and how much does it cost?

We will be delighted to welcome you and you can download a Membership Subscription Form from the Links Column on the right hand side of this page. You can also contact our Membership Secretary by using the Contact tab. Membership of the Buxton & District u3a is £35 per year all-in cost (1 April – 31 March). You can join any group and as many as you like. Just contact the Group leader on the various Group pages.

What about accessibility?

We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that existing and potential members with impaired mobility, hearing or vision can participate as fully as possible in both general meetings and interest/activity groups. Members who cannot manage to participate in their chosen U3A activities without help may bring a companion/carer with them, who doesn't need to be a member and for the time that they are in attendance, will be covered by the liability insurance provided by The Third Age Trust. (The only exception to this is a professionally employed carer who would have to be covered by an individual liability policy).

How can I keep up to date on what is going on?

We aim to pair up with an ‘e-buddy’ for those with no internet access. Regular news is issued via the following routes:
1. General News page on the website – this page contains news and issues that might be of interest.
2. Newslink – our triannual newsletter, either emailed to you or by post if requested. Past Newslink copies are on the website.
3. Events page – A diary of activities which may be of interest. Some locally, some nationally. The third Age Trust also has regular newsletters to which you can subscribe.
4. Announcements by the committee and group leaders to their group members via the different group pages.

Who is on the management committee and what do they do?

Our Committee and Helpers are volunteers, voted for at the AGM, and take on their role for 3 years. They are Trustees of the charitable organisation and manage the day to day running of the membership. If you are interested in a committee role please get in touch with either the chair person or the business secretary via the Contact page and information will be sent to you.