Welcome to the Diss U3A Website

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a "self-help, self-managed co-operative" dedicated to lifelong learning for people no longer in full-time work. The U3A welcomes all people irrespective of their age, gender and/or ethnicity. At Diss, we aim to provide opportunities for shared learning experiences in a wide range of specific interest groups, monthly talks and outings to sites of general interest. We pursue learning not for qualification, but for increased understanding and enjoyment.

Diss U3A was formed in 2003 and membership now exceeds 300. The enthusiasm of members is reflected in the fact that they travel from Attleborough, Long Stratton, Eye, Garboldisham and many more areas of Norfolk and Suffolk to attend monthly and group meetings.

There are in excess of thirty "interest groups" varying in size from six to forty members. Many groups have a waiting list, so members are encouraged to take an active part, not just by joining existing groups, but also by initiating new groups and participating in running the monthly meeting.

The monthly meeting, for which there is a small charge, is held at the United Reformed Church in Mere Street on the first Thursday of each month and regularly attracts over 100 members, plus a welcome number of visitors. Doors open at 9.45am, light refreshments are available until 10.20am and the meeting starts at 10.30am. During this time, members can check the display table for current notices, look at the interest groups information stand and gain uptodate information from the pre-meeting slide show. There is also an opportunity to use the "Book-Swap" - you bring a book and you take one away.

New Members - The cost of full year membership (Jan - Dec) for 2018 will be held at £12.00 (£22.00 per couple at the same address). A reduced fee will be applied for those joining during the second half of the year. Click here for a copy of the Membership Enrolment Form 2018.

All members will receive periodic issues of our own Newsletter electronically or in hard copy, as appropriate.

Diss U3A is able to offer Gift Aid to those members who qualify - see Declaration on the adjacent link.

For the benefit of both existing and potential members, clicking here Diss U3A Handbook will take you to the handbook which is gradually being developed.

Important notice - Committee 2018
New committee members will be needed to fill the positions of Treasurer and Secretary in April 2018.
These are important roles without which Diss U3A cannot properly function.
If you would like to make a significant contribution to our organisation, contact any member of the committee for further information.

Governance Consultation Survey
The adjacent link details the Findings and Recommendations of the Working Group into the future structure of the Third Age Trust.

Computer & IT Training and Guidance
From time to time, we are approached by members who wish to learn more about how to use their computers. We have identified a number of learning sources, which can be accessed via the adjacent links panel. These links represent just a small selection of what is available locally as well as on the internet.

Other information:
Programme of Monthly Meetings - see EVENTS
Committee and other officers - see CONTACTS

This page last updated 6 November 2017.