With the major disruption following from the Covid-19 pandemic, the activities of Colchester u3a have been significantly affected. We have had to suspend our regular events, although we have introduced a programme of “meetings” using Zoom – click on the Events button for more information. Meanwhile..

– Specific guidance for Group Leaders from the Third Age Trust can be downloaded from the TAT Group Leaders guidance link;
– Further specific TAT guidance for Walking Group leaders can be downloaded from the Walking Group Leaders guidance link;
– For details of Community Support from Colchester Borough Council, click on this link to their site; or
– For the latest from the Government, click on the Government guidance link.
Following the introduction of Covid-19 vaccination, evidence has been emerging of criminals fraudulently tricking people into handing over cash or financial details. The Government has produced some guidance dealing with vaccination fraud, which you can access by clicking on that link. For help with fraud issues generally, please click on the Fraud button above.

The Third Age Trust is looking at different ways to support the u3a community by enabling and supporting u3as, members and Interest Group leaders, to stay active and connected with each other. Facilities for members to share ideas and support each other are based on the Beacon User Forum, which is available to all u3as. Click here for the latest u3a guidance.

To get started, simply visit the link to Beacon User Forum from this page. If you are already registered, click the ‘Login’ button on the Forum page; otherwise click the ‘register’ button and fill in your details.

A simple ‘How to...’ guide has been prepared to help you get started. Click on link to Beacon User guide for more information...

If you know of a member, indeed anyone you believe to be vulnerable, who seems to have slipped through the official support network net and have no family, friends or neighbours able to help them with food and essentials and is struggling, please put them in touch with the Essex Welfare Service Hub via and by calling 0300 303 9988, Monday to Friday between 8am to 7pm, and Saturday to Sunday between 10am to 2pm.