South Wales Network (SWN)

ChairmanDerek ShottinVice ChairmanDavid DaviesWales TrusteeHilary Jones
Secretary VACANT TreasurerMichael YoungTrust VolunteerDenise Jones

To contact one of the Officers, click on their name and leave a message

Member u3as - click on Welsh u3as to check out their web sites

Abergavenny, 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.

Minutes of Meetings (currently all meetings are on-line)

2022Mins Jan 2022 Mins Feb 2022AGM Mar 2022Accnts AGM 2022Mins Mar 2022
Mins Apr 2022 Mins May 2022 Mins Jun 2022
2021Mins Jan 2021Mins Feb 2021 AGM Mar 2021Accnts AGM 2021Mins Mar 2021
Mins Apr 2021Mins May 2021Mins Jun 2021 Mins Jul 2021 Mins Sep 2021
Mins Oct 2021 Mins Nov 2021 Mins Chairs/VCs Mins Dec 2021

Official Documents

Constitution 2019Data Protection PolicyPrivacy PolicyNetwork Affiliation Agreement Financial Policies and Procedures Beacon for Networks T&Cs

Links to Sub Pages

SWN Publicising Your u3a Event How to advertise your u3a event on the SWN website and/or contact other 3as within SWN.
SWN Sharing Activities Zoom and non-Zoom Speakers, Cluster Groups, On-line Groups, Coach and Day Trips, Offers of Entertainment. New page in development.
SWN Topics Insurance FAQs, Card Readers, 40th Anniversary Information, Insurance questions, Dedicated email address, Guide for New SWN Committee Members, Miscellaneous Information, Facebook Guides, Recruitment Guides
SWN Peer Support Groups & Training Includes Some Non u3a Training. u3a Treasurers, Beacon Users, Site Builder Users, Facebook, Hybrid Meetings, Zoom Training. Barclays Digital Wings, Digital Communities Wales.
Network Page and Network Link Link to Network page in u3a Office website and Network Link meetings
u3a Office Information Guide to advice from u3a Office, Members Link, Recruitment Toolkits and other useful information.
Wales u3a and Wales Trustee Wales Trustee webpage, Wales u3a FB page

Newsletters and Magazines of SWN u3as

Bridgend u3a NewsletterCaldicot u3a NewsletterChepstow Magazine Torfaen Newsletter

Our Network has to reflect what your u3a wants from it

Here are some ideas taken from Network Meetings, members, u3a Office website, Pathfinders, Network Link etc.

  • To help u3a Trustees, Interest Group Leaders and other volunteers to 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? Perhaps we will have some Zoom and some face to face meetings?
  • Peer groups - members with similar committee responsibilities. In addition to those already organised we could consider Secretaries, Membership, Group Coordinators, 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, Communications, 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.
  • Inter u3a competitions. Quiz, Bridge, Mah Jong, Skittles, Badminton, Table Tennis etc.
  • Encourage joint meetings of similar interest groups
  • 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
Wed Jul 13th SWN Network Meeting at 6.00 pm
Click on Next SWN Meeting for details
Wed Jul 13th Porthcawl Study Day The COVID 19 Pandemic: Its Effects and Future Consequences.
The theme and content of the day are especially topical and relevant and that the speakers are undoubtedly expert in their field. The cost of the day, to include tea/coffee on arrival and a two-course lunch, is £16.50. (No need to choose beforehand, a Vegetarian/Vegan option will be available).
Click on Porthcawl Study Day 2022 for more information including a programme for the day.
Wed Aug 3rd Research and Shared Learning Conference
From archaeology to urban sketching, there will be displays of members' work to to inspire, handouts to take away, presentations by project leaders and opportunities to ask questions.
The conference is open to those already involved in u3a research / shared learning projects, and also to any u3a member who wants to know more.
Click on Research and Shared Learning Conference for more information
Thu Sep 15th SWN Network Meeting at 6.00 pm
Click on Next SWN Meeting for details

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