Special info

There is special information being issued by U3A in Scotland and by the Third Age Trust during the Covid-19 restrictions. This is a page to keep members updated with this information.

You can also sign up to the Third Age Trust bulletins and receive them directly at NewsletterSignup.

New U3A Discussion Forums

Using digital platforms to stay connected

During these unprecedented times, the Third Age Trust has been looking at different ways to support our amazing U3A community. We wanted to enable and support U3As, members and Interest Group leaders, to stay active and connected with each other.

To this end, from today, Monday 6 April 2020, we have launched three online discussion forums so that you can share ideas and support each other. Thanks to the Beacon users, we are doing this by extending the existing (and successful) Beacon User Forum to all U3As, regardless of whether or not you are using the Beacon management system at your U3A yet.

It is easy to get started. All you need to do is visit the forum website at, click the ‘register’ button and fill in your details.

From there you will be able to explore the forums and get involved in the discussion.

If you are not familiar with online forums, we have prepared a how-to guide to help you get started. We welcome your feedback on the guide. Your feedback will help us develop our guide which will be available on the national website in the next few days.

There will be three forums that you can join:

  • Learning – discussions around subjects and all forms of interest and learning
  • Our U3A Community – discussions arounds how we support each other
  • Beacon – discussions around using Beacon, the U3A management system

This is just an outline of what the forums are about because it will be led and developed by you when you join and the conversations that are happening.

A volunteer team will moderate the site and support you to use the forums in a safe, positive and productive way.

Check the Third Age Trust web site for more information.

Please join us, sign up and get chatting. Together we will network, share ideas and stay connected.


The letter of encouragement from Kath Payne Chair U3A in Scotland and Ann Keating Third Age Trust Trustee for Scotland is available from the link on the right hand side (or below on tablet or phone) or here: U3AScotland_202003

The Newsletter issued by the Third Age Trust on 27 March 2020 includes information about what they are doing to support the U3A network:

We have increased the number of mailings

  • Our Newsletters are being used as a more in depth means of communication, we would encourage members to register for this:
  • We have introduced a regular Newsletter Express.
  • Our new Facebook page U3A:Keeping in Touch now has more than 1,400 followers.(Note this is a closed group and you need to give your U3A i.e. Fife U3A, to join).
  • There is support and advice on our website including on how to keep active, keep learning and keep connected with each other.
  • U3A has launched a UK-wide Diary Project - where members are encouraged to diarise their experience of these times. You can see more on our website or contact us
  • Our insurers continue to provide cover for all members liabilities as well as providing cover for all trustees/committee members.
  • Our legal advisers continue to support our responses to members especially in connection with cancelled trips and holidays.
  • Third Age Matters magazine (TAM) is being distributed as normal in a week or so.
  • IT support continues uninterrupted including security protection for U3A websites and Beacon.
  • National U3A has expanded its direct contact with the membership.