Wales

South Wales Network (SWN)

Chairman Derek Shottin Vice ChairmanDavid DaviesPage EditorDerek Shottin
SWN Secretary Vacant Treasurer Michael YoungTrust VolunteersDenise Jones
Sharon Corbett
Third Age Trust Covid-19 Advice for u3a activities

Network Secretary Wanted

To join the above team and help to get South Wales u3as moving out of the current Pandemic and make the Network one of the most effective in the UK. On average we need a couple of hours a week of your time. You will need access to a computer with emails, Word (or equivalent) and Zoom; if you can do more than all the better. Contact the Chairman if you are interested.

Member u3as

Abergavenny, Barry, Blackwood, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Caldicot, Cardiff, Chepstow, Cowbridge, Crickhowell, Cynon Valley, Ebbw Vale, Garth Olwg, Gilwern, Maesteg, Monmouth, Neath, Newbridge, Newport, Pontyclun, Porthcawl, Risca, Sully, Swansea, Tonyrefail, Torfaen, Tredegar, Usk.
Click on Welsh u3as to check out the web site of an individual u3a.

We are meeting monthly on Zoom sharing experiences of running our u3as during lockdown and sharing plans for restarting normal activities once this is possible in the next month or so.

Links and Downloads

SWN and Other Networks Zoom speakers, Zoom name, dedicated email address, Network Link, SWN meeting documents etc
u3a Office Website Advice on Covid-19, Members Link, Recruitment Toolkits and other useful information.
Wales u3a Website Wales Short Story Competition, Beacon Support.
Other Links Just the u3a Science Network at the moment.

Minutes of Meetings and Constitution

2021SWN Jan 2021SWN Feb 2021 SWN AGM Mar 2021SWN AGM AccntsSWN Mar 2021
2020SWN AGM Jan 2020SWN Jul 2020SWN Sep 2020SWN Oct 2020SWN Nov 2020
2019SWN AGM Jan 2019SWN Apr 2019SWN July 2019
Constitution 2018

Newsletters and Magazines of SWN u3as

Bridgend NewsletterCaldicot NewsletterChepstow Magazine Torfaen Newsletter

Ideas for the Future of the Network
What does your u3a want from the Network? It is your Network and it has to reflect what you want. Here are some ideas taken from various sources: members, u3a Office website, Pathfinders, Network Link etc.

  • Sharing best practice, exchange of ideas, and discussion of issues of concern. Generally, u3as helping one another. This is a key element of the Network and should be an item on every Agenda. But would need to be focused on specific topic(s) or u3a(s).
  • Zoom meetings. No travel costs and no hall hire costs. So we can have more meetings including shorter more focused ones in addition to the usual General meetings.
  • SWN Meetings. At some point we will be able to go back to face to face Network meetings. Might have hybrid meetings? Perhaps a mixture of Zoom and face to face meetings?
  • Peer groups - members with similar committee responsibilities. Chairs/Vice Chairs, Secretaries, Treasurers, Membership, Group Coordinator, Newsletters, Communications etc. To discuss their specific problems and exchange best practice.
  • Talks. u3a Office Financial Manager Kevin Traynor - online banking, Charity Commission returns, audit of u3a accounts, subscriptions to u3a Office, TAM, etc. Also Pathfinders etc.
  • Study Days and Workshops run by U3a Office or SWN eg. Retention and Recruitment seminar, setting up and running a FB page, Websites by Wales Website editor.
  • Mini seminars on topics identified by SWN u3as eg Hybrid meetings, on-line AGMs, on-line Banking, u3a Day etc. Record these sessions and put link on this website so any u3a can view them.
  • Training sessions. Zoom, Site Builder, Beacon, Facebook
  • User Groups. Beacon, Site Builder, Facebook
  • Sharing of on-line and face to face activity groups. Sharing of on-line groups may help older members who are not mobile or alternatively may attract younger new members.
  • Encourage u3as to arrange Inter u3a competitions. Quiz, Bridge, Mah Jong, Skittles, Badminton, Table Tennis etc.
  • Encourage joint meetings of similar interest groups (eg. Photography: Cardiff and Chepstow)
  • Use South Wales Trustee to channel SWN concerns to u3a Office

If your u3a has an event where other u3as are invited eg quiz, open day, study day etc, you can publicise it in Dates for your Diary below.

General queries to: SWN Secretary Web Page queries to: Page Editor

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Dates for your Diary
Mon Apr 12th
→Fri Apr 16th
Exploring World Faiths
Britain is already a multi-faith society, 70% of the population professed to have a religious faith (2011 census), higher in metropolitan parts of the West Midlands.
Although Christianity still predominates, in theory, a sizeable number practise and live other religions
Come and find out more from ordinary people of faith with plenty of opportunity to discuss and ask questions.
All sessions are from 10-11.30
Click on Exploring World Faiths Poster for details of how to register
Wed Apr 14th SWN Network Meeting on Zoom at 2.00 pm for 2.30 pm
Click on Next SWN Meeting for the Agenda, minutes of the last meeting and any attachments for discussion at the meeting or to be brought to the attention of your committee.
Wed May 5th Facebook Seminar at 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm on Zoom
Ann Tyson will host a seminar on how to use your FB page to the best advantage.
Please email SWN Secretary if you would like come along
Wed May 19th SWN Network Meeting on Zoom at 2.00 pm for 2.30 pm
Details nearer the time.
Wed Jun 2nd

u3a Day 2021

  • To raise the profile of your u3a so, collectively, there is more awareness nationally
  • To help challenge negative perceptions of older adults
  • To invite other Third Agers to learn how u3a supports the lives of retired people.

Click on u3a Day 2021 to link to u3a Office web site page for help, ideas, a Toolkit, and how to apply for a grant.

Wed Jun 16th SWN Network Meeting on Zoom at 2.00 pm for 2.30 pm
Details nearer the time.
Wed Jul 21st SWN Network Meeting on Zoom at 2.00 pm for 2.30 pm
Details nearer the time.
Wed Aug 18th SWN Network Meeting on Zoom at 2.00 pm for 2.30 pm
Details nearer the time.
Wed Sep 15th SWN Network Meeting on Zoom at 2.00 pm for 2.30 pm
Details nearer the time.
Wed Oct 20th SWN Network Meeting on Zoom at 2.00 pm for 2.30 pm
Details nearer the time.
Wed Nov 17th SWN Network Meeting on Zoom at 2.00 pm for 2.30 pm
Details nearer the time.
Wed Dec 15th SWN Network Meeting on Zoom at 2.00 pm for 2.30 pm
Details nearer the time.