Leigh & District


This is where we'll keep you up-to-date with all the latest news - even the occasional bit of gossip!

Age UK Community Reporters/Storytellers Project
Age UK Wigan Borough are starting a new project in conjunction with a company called Yellow Jigsaw. They are looking for people aged 50 and over to become ‘Community Reporters’ and ‘Storytellers’ and are keen to see if any of our members are interested in getting involved.

Please see the flyers below for some more information. They are particularly looking for people who have overcome social isolation in some way, such as retirement, bereavement, moving house, change in financial circumstances etc and are now living a life where they are active and social, or people who have a ‘defiant’ attitude towards ageing and challenge stereotypes and attitudes.

If you want to have a chat about it, you can ring Liz Blagburn at Age UK Wigan for more information, her number is 01942 615895. She works Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or you can ring Grace at Yellow Jigsaw who is leading on the project, she is on 07859 177499 and works Monday - Friday.

Get Creative Festival
This is a big opportunity to publicise the whole movement coming together to take part in a UK wide Festival of the Creative Arts from 11th to 19th May 2019.
Please click on the link above for more information.

Newsletter, Spring 2019
Our Spring Newsletter is now available. Please click on the link above or on the right to read it.

New Mixed Crafts Group
We have a new Mixed Crafts group starting in early February. Please see the Mixed Crafts group page for more details.

Musical Instruments
Three members of the Musical Instruments Group were among recipients of six other groups receiving awards at Dorset Road Community Centre from Age UK on Monday 17th December. Bob Sullivan, Candice Barber and Jenny Peters represented the U3A Musical Instruments Group, "The Rolling Bones", and were presented with a cheque for £568.75 and a framed certificate from the Chief Officer of Age UK Wigan Borough, John McArdle. The award was given to purchase a portable keyboard for the group.

Wigan & Leigh Pensioners Link
Pensioners Link was established in 1988 and was the vision of two pensioners, Alan Taylor and Peter Kenny. An important element of their vision was to see organisations and people linked together so as to provide maximum benefit for older people. Their aims are to:

  • Maintain independence and well-being
  • Reduce isolation
  • Stimulate social interaction
  • Access information and services in the community

You may be interested in the following Pensioners Link events:

Newsletter, Winter 2018
Our Winter newsletter is now available from the link above or on the right. The latest U3A National Newsletter is also available from a link on the right.

Credit/Debit Cards
Earlier this year we added the facility to renew your membership online via PayPal. This means that you can use your credit/debit card (or PayPal balance if you are already a PayPal user) when renewing online. Now we have also added the facility to pay in person (e.g. at a Friday meeting) using a credit/debit card. This can be for new memberships, renewals and for payments for trips. We hope our members find this new facility useful.

The Virtual U3A
The Virtual U3A (vU3a) is an online-only U3A, affiliated to the Third Age Trust. One of its principal aims is to provide the U3A experience for those who are rendered isolated in some way by circumstances or geography and unable to play a full part in a terrestrial U3A. More information is available on the public website www.vu3a.org where one can also apply for membership. Why not pay it a visit? And if you know of anyone who might benefit please pass the information on.

Reciprocal Agreements
We have come to reciprocal agreements with both Wigan and Ashton-in-Makerfield U3As, which means our Leigh & District members can attend Ashton & Wigan activities without having to join either of those U3As (and vice-versa of course). You would still need to pay the relevant group session fees and any trip costs, but you should only need to prove you are a current member of Leigh & District U3A by showing your membership card.
Please see the Ashton-in-Makerfield and Wigan web sites for more details about their activities.

Whats on in Leigh West
Please use the link above or on the right to see some other things that are available for the over 50's in Leigh West.

Data Protection
On 25 May 2018 the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect across all member states (which still includes us right now). Basically it's creating a single set of rules to modernise data privacy laws across Europe.

We've always taken the security of member data very seriously so we've given our Privacy Policy a refresh to reflect this.

If you haven't already done so, please complete and submit our short Contact Preferences form to let us know your preferences with regard to receiving the Third Age Trust magazines. Without your consent, you will no longer receive these magazines. Alternatively, you can download and complete a printable version of the form - Contact Preferences (PDF).

Gift Aid
Please think about Gift Aid. You only need to have paid or expect to pay £2.50 in income tax or capital gains tax to be able to fill out a Gift Aid declaration. See www.gov.uk/donating-to-charity/gift-aid for more info. This will enable us to reclaim 25% of your membership fee from HMRC (which is actually treated as a donation).

A Gift Aid form is available on the links to the right. If you think you do qualify and haven't filled one out before, or your circumstances have changed, please download and print the form, fill it out and return it to a member of the committee, either at a Friday Social event or via a Group Facilitator. If you're computer savvy, then by all means scan it in and email it to membership@leighanddistrictu3a.org.uk. Alternatively you can pop it in the post and send to:

The Membership Secretary
Mr I East
41 Ennerdale Road

Wigan Council Shared Lives
This service works with people who need support due to age, disability or illness. To find out more please click on the link above or on the right hand side.

Gift Aid & Membership Details
Would members please note that we ask you to complete a membership form and a Gift Aid declaration only once, at the time of joining. However, we are aware that personal circumstances change and members may come out of or into a tax-paying situation. If your circumstances, in this respect, do change, we would be grateful if you would let us know and then the Gift Aid claims we make on your behalf are as honest and accurate as we are able to manage. Again, should other details change, e.g. address, telephone number, email address etc., please inform us accordingly and our records can be updated or even update them yourself using our Members Portal. All the information we hold in your respect is for admin purposes only, and is kept securely and maintained in accordance with Data Protection provisions.

Emergency Contact
If you haven't already provided them, please ensure we have your emergency contact details by sending the following to our Membership Secretary:

  • Your name & membership number
  • Emergency contact name
  • Relationship to you
  • Emergency contact phone number(s)

Greater Manchester Network & North West Region
Please take a look at the latest news from the GM Network & North West Region, particularly the latest North West Newsletter No.55.

Research Projects
The National U3A are currently promoting research projects. If you would like to be involved, please take a look at the U3A Research Projects flyer as a starting point.