Doncaster

GROUPS

You will find, below, a list of the groups we run in Doncaster. If you click on an individual group in which you are interested, it will show details of venue, date and time for the meetings plus a brief description. U3A members may join as many interest groups as they wish. You may be able to attend one or two group meetings on a trial basis before joining. Please contact the Membership Secretary for details (See CONTACT page). You must then become a paid-up member of the Doncaster U3A if you wish to take part in further group meetings or activities.

INTEREST GROUPS
Interest groups are the backbone of the U3A and we are all grateful to our current group leaders for the time and commitment they give to support DU3A. In all cases the aim is to promote learning and help members both to enjoy existing interests and develop new ones. Groups are formed from a number of like-minded members and are informal and friendly. Our Groups can cover both 'Study' topics and those which are more 'Leisure' orientated. Almost anything is possible with good will and enthusiasm. Most groups are of a self-help nature. Knowledge is pooled and shared and the social element is very important. Interest groups are self managed and self funded. Learning is for pleasure and no qualifications are required or given. The ethos of the U3A movement is 'by the members, for the members' so if you have an interest or skill you would be willing to share, please contact the Group Co-ordinator who will be happy to discuss it with you. To see outlines of our groups click on Our Groups at a Glance. For more detailed information click on individual groups at the bottom of this page.

HOW OUR GROUPS WORK
Interest groups set their own agendas and work at their own comfortable pace. Groups are fully democratic, non-sectarian and non-political. The key is enjoyment where learning is for its own sake and for that moment. Group Leaders take on responsibility for its operation. They may or may not have expertise in the subject. Sometimes there may be one Group Leader, sometimes the leadership may vary, pass from one member to another or be shared among a number of members.

Meetings are organised for Group Leaders to share ideas and give/receive support. The Group Leaders' booklet and guidance sheets for Group Leaders can be viewed by clicking on the Links on the right Group Leaders\' Handbook - Oct 2016 and GUIDANCE SHEETS FOR GROUP LEADERS.

JOINING A GROUP
Members may join as many interest groups as they wish. If you are interested in joining a group, you should contact the Group Leader (see the CONTACTS list sent to DU3A members) or the Groups Co-ordinator (via the CONTACT page). If you need further help, please send us a message via the CONTACT page and we will put you in touch with the right person. You may also contact an individual group leader by clicking on the Blue Bird on a specific Group page. All members are asked to contact the Group Leader before attending a group for the first time.

FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS
All groups vary. For more details, see the Group List and Summary Timetable below. It is also helpful to refer to the monthly Calendar.

CONTENT OF MEETINGS
The content and frequency of the meetings is determined by the group members. In some groups, members, other than the Group Leader, are encouraged to take over a meeting and prepare the material.

FEES
Most of the groups are free, though some have a modest charge to cover the running expenses. This will usually be for venue hire and materials. There will be a charge for those wanting refreshments – in some instances it may be a condition of attendance to buy a drink because the venue is given free for our use on that understanding.

VENUES
Meetings take place according to the needs of the group. Some groups meet in members' homes and others in meeting rooms around the Doncaster area. Most of the venues used are central for easy access. See the LINK on the top right for a list of the venues currently used by our groups.

MOBILITY & ACCESSIBILITY
Mobility and accessibility for all DU3A groups and activities is being reviewed. At present some venues have limited accessibility.

IDEAS FOR NEW GROUPS
Further ideas for new groups can be found in U3A Oversights - ideas for new groups on the U3A Site Builder website. See the LINK on the top right. For information about what is involved in being a Group Leader please go to the CONTACT page and click on Groups Co-ordinator. For additional ideas, click on IDEAS FOR GROUPS (top right) to view a list of groups that currently run in various U3As around the country.

MOOCS / FUTURELEARN
MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) are free online courses offered by top universities and colleges in a wide range of subjects. For further information click on the Links on the right MOOCS - Free Online Courses and FUTURE LEARN courses.

Group List
● Art/Calligraphy
Monday a.m.
Twice monthly
Monday a.m.
Twice monthly
● Basic French
Wednesday a.m.
Fortnightly
Wednesday a.m.
Fortnightly
● Brass Band
Wednesday p.m.
Weekly
Wednesday p.m.
Weekly
● Bridge
Wednesday p.m.
Twice a month
Wednesday p.m.
Twice a month
● Card Making
Monday p.m.
Monthly
Monday p.m.
Monthly
● Coffee Quiz
Friday a.m.
Alternate Fridays
Friday a.m.
Alternate Fridays
● Computers
Monday a.m.
Twice monthly
Monday a.m.
Twice monthly
● Crown Green Bowls
Thursday p.m.
Weekly
Thursday p.m.
Weekly
● Digital Photography
Thursday p.m.
Monthly
Thursday p.m.
Monthly
● Dining Out
Tuesday p.m.
Two monthly
Tuesday p.m.
Two monthly
● Discussion
Wednesday a.m.
Weekly
Wednesday a.m.
Weekly
● Easier French
Friday p.m.
Fortnightly
Friday p.m.
Fortnightly
● Enjoying Poetry
Tuesday a.m.
3rd Tuesday of the month
Tuesday a.m.
3rd Tuesday of the month
● Family History
Wednesday a.m.
Last Wednesday of the month
Wednesday a.m.
Last Wednesday of the month
● Film Studies
Tuesday a.m.
Every 4 weeks
Tuesday a.m.
Every 4 weeks
● French Group 1
Thursday p.m.
Fortnightly
Thursday p.m.
Fortnightly
● French Group 2
Thursday p.m.
Fortnightly
Thursday p.m.
Fortnightly
● Gardening
Wednesday a.m.
Monthly
Wednesday a.m.
Monthly
● German
Wednesday p.m.
2nd, 3rd & 4th Wednesdays
Wednesday p.m.
2nd, 3rd & 4th Wednesdays
● History
Wednesday a.m.
Monthly
Wednesday a.m.
Monthly
● Jazz Appreciation
Thursday a.m.
Every 4 weeks
Thursday a.m.
Every 4 weeks
● Literature
Monday a.m.
Monthly
Monday a.m.
Monthly
● Living History
Wednesday a.m.
Monthly
Wednesday a.m.
Monthly
● Local History
Monday a.m.
Monthly
Monday a.m.
Monthly
● Love of Nature
Tuesday a.m.
Monthly
Tuesday a.m.
Monthly
● Philosophy
Tuesday p.m.
Monthly
Tuesday p.m.
Monthly
● Pins and Needles
Tuesday a.m.
2nd & 4th Tuesday of month
Tuesday a.m.
2nd & 4th Tuesday of month
● Playreading
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly
● Scottish Country Dancing
Friday a.m.
Weekly
Friday a.m.
Weekly
● Stretchers
Tuesday a.m.
Monthly
Tuesday a.m.
Monthly
● Striders
Tuesday a.m.
Monthly
Tuesday a.m.
Monthly
● Strollers
Thursday a.m.
Monthly
Thursday a.m.
Monthly
● Sunday Lunch
Sunday p.m.
Monthly
Sunday p.m.
Monthly
● Tenpin Bowling
Tuesday 
3rd Tuesday - Alternate months
Tuesday 
3rd Tuesday - Alternate months
● Travel
Tuesday p.m.
Monthly
Tuesday p.m.
Monthly
● Walking Cricket
 1st Tuesday & 4th Monday
 1st Tuesday & 4th Monday
● Writers
Thursday a.m.
Alternate Thursdays
Thursday a.m.
Alternate Thursdays
  
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon / Evening
Monday● Art/Calligraphy   ● Computers   ● Literature   ● Local History   ● Card Making  
Tuesday● Enjoying Poetry   ● Film Studies   ● Love of Nature   ● Pins and Needles   ● Stretchers   ● Striders   ● Dining Out   ● Philosophy   ● Travel  
Wednesday● Basic French   ● Discussion   ● Family History   ● Gardening   ● History   ● Living History   ● Brass Band   ● Bridge   ● German   ● Playreading  
Thursday● Jazz Appreciation   ● Strollers   ● Writers   ● Crown Green Bowls   ● Digital Photography   ● French Group 1   ● French Group 2  
Friday● Coffee Quiz   ● Scottish Country Dancing   ● Easier French  
Sunday ● Sunday Lunch