Wales

South Wales Network (SWN)

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

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 plans for restarting normal activities now restrictions have eased.

Minutes of Meetings

2021Mins Jan 2021Mins Feb 2021 AGM Mar 2021Acnts AGM 2021Mins Mar 2021
Mins Apr 2021Mins May 2021Mins Jun 2021
2020AGM Jan 2020Mins Jul 2020Mins Sep 2020Mins Oct 2020Mins Nov 2020

Official Documents

Constitution 2019Data Protection PolicyPrivacy PolicyNetwork Affiliation Agreement

Links to Sub Pages

SWN Topics Zoom speakers, Zoom name, Dedicated email address, SWN meeting documents, Facebook and Recruitment Guides.
SWN Peer Support Groups & Training u3a Treasurers, Beacon Users, Site Builder Users, Facebook, Hybrid Meetings, Zoom Training
Network Link Network Link Documents
u3a Office Website Advice on Covid-19, Members Link, Recruitment Toolkits, Risk Assessments and other useful information.
Wales u3a Website & Other Links Wales Short Story Competition, Beacon Support. u3a Science Network

Newsletters and Magazines of SWN u3as

Bridgend NewsletterCaldicot NewsletterChepstow Magazine Torfaen Newsletter

What does your u3a want from the Network?

It has to reflect what you want. Here are some ideas taken from Network Meetings, members, u3a Office website, Pathfinders, Network Link etc.

  • Help u3a Trustees, Interest Group Leaders, and other volunteers, collectively share their knowledge and expertise with other u3as. Sharing best practice 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.
  • Zoom meetings. No travel or hall hire costs. So we can have more meetings including shorter more focused ones in addition to the usual General meetings.
  • SWN Meetings. Eventually we will be able to go back to face to face meetings. Do we want to? Might have hybrid meetings? Perhaps we will have some Zoom and some face to face meetings?
  • Peer groups - members with similar committee responsibilities. Chairs/Vice Chairs, Secretaries, Membership, Group Coordinator, Newsletters, Communications etc. To discuss their specific problems and exchange best practice. Could be one off or more regular meetings.
  • Talks. Pathfinders, Wales Trustee etc.
  • Study Days and Workshops run by u3a Office or SWN eg. Retention and Recruitment seminar, Websites by Wales Website editor.
  • Mini seminars on topics identified by SWN u3as eg Hybrid meetings, on-line AGMs, Open Days etc. Record these sessions and put link on this website so any u3a can view them.
  • 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)
  • One u3a giving help and advice to start up the same group in another u3a.
  • 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.

All enquiries to: SWN Information
Dates for your Diary
Mon Jun 28th Beacon Users Peer Support Group - Beacon Administrators at 7.00 pm
What happens behind the scenes in the Beacon system.
Gary Russell of Porthcawl u3a will host the session.
A Zoom link will be sent to all Participants a couple of days beforehand.
Please email SWN Information if you would like come along.
Tue Jun 29th Beacon Users Peer Support Group - Beacon Finance at 7.00 pm
Lyn Blossoms, a members of the Beacon Support Team, will give a PowerPoint presentation about the facilities available in the Beacon Finance system and will answer any questions that you may have. If there are any specific topics that you want him to cover in his presentation please let me know and I will pass these on to him.
A Zoom link will be sent to all Participants a couple of days beforehand.
Please email SWN Information if you would like to come along or would like me to pass your specific queries on to Lyn.
Wed Jul 21st SWN Network Meeting 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm on Zoom
Details nearer the time.
Wed Sep 8th SWN Network Meeting 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm on Zoom
Review of first six months since the AGM?
Wed Oct 20th SWN Network Meeting 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm
Details nearer the time.
Wed Nov 10th SWN Network Meeting 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm
Details nearer the time.
Wed Dec 15th SWN Network Meeting 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm
Details nearer the time.

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