London Region of U3As

The London Region & Nationally


  • u3as AGMs and Covid-19: see guidance from our Regional Trustee here: Delay to AGMs
  • Hybrid meetings: information on these can be found on our SHARING webpage including impact on Constitutions
  • Presentation Planning for the Future
  • CAMPAIGN FOR POSITIVE AGEING IN LONDON (PAiL): Response to Corona Virus Impact on Older People - PAiL Letter

Principles: the overarching principles of the u3a movement can be read here: Principles of u3a

Structure: the Third Age Trust governance structure comprises 9 English Regions and three Countries – with varying degrees of geographical size, number of u3as and members. The London Region is one of the smallest in both number of u3as (43) and geographical size – making all the u3as relatively easily accessible.

Presentation on the Regional Structure, to learn more about the regional structure have a look here: Networks, Regions, Countries. To see information on the history of the 'London Region' have a look at the LONDON u3as page. To see a list of U3As in the 'London Region' and when they joined, looked here: London U3A Affiliation Dates

Network Link:
see the following zoom recording for the 4 presentations given at this meeting: Network Link Oct21.

Third Age Trust Committees and Working Groups: to see who is volunteering for which potitions refer to this list: Committee Members

2019 Membership Survey: Published by the Trust ten years following the previous one in 2009. The full survey can be downloaded via the January 2020 National Newsletter or click here: Trust Survey.
Growth: our Regional Trustee recently presented at the LRU3A Delegates meeting some data on growth in U3A generally and in our local region. See the presentation here: U3A Growth

Third Age Trust – Role of Regional Trustee:,
Against the above background, the role of each Regional Trustee (RT) will vary per region. However, there are certain common factors as listed below. RT's are assisted by Regional Volunteers and, in the case of London, Regional and Network Committees. The specific activities of a RT, including their responsibilities as members of the Trust's National Executive Committee (NEC), are listed below, in no order of priority:-
1. Organise at least one, ideally two, Workshops a year for members of. the region.
2. Be responsible for managing the annual RT Budget.
3. Explain the role of the RT to the Regional Committee, Networks and all member u3as in the Region and ensure that they have all the necessary contact details.
4. Represent the Trust, and its views, to the Regional Committee, Networks and all member u3as whilst, at the same time, representing their views at the NEC level.
5. Report on the Region’s activities to the NEC.
6. Help create and support Networks in the Region and ensure that all u3as are aware of the choice of Networks available to them.
7. Be available to visit the Regional Committee, Networks and u3as, when requested.
8. Take overall responsibility for all new U3A development in the Region.
9. Provide assistance, as requested, to U3As experiencing difficulties.
10. Act as a spokesman for the U3A movement to outside agencies in the region.
11. Liaise with other organisations in the region involved with Third Agers, such as NIACE, Age UK. OU.
12. Help the Region to identify a successor.

The London area 'Delegates' elected John Bent (Barnet) as our Regional Trustee (to August 31st 2021).
You can reach him through the link on the CONTACT page.
Recruitment and Retention Initiative: it's acknowledged that all u3as struggle to retain members and recruit new members. As a national average all u3as loose about 10% of membership each year. To try to assist u3As the Third Age Trust has launched an inititative to provide a tool kit of documents to help in this effort. You can find out more here: R&R Initiative. Within that presentation is a link to more information on the national website or here it is direct: R&R Toolkit. There is some supporting 'chat' from a meeting on the topic and this can be viewed here: R&R Chat.
Slow Ways: u3a is teaming up with 'Slow Ways' which is a new initiative to encourage and support more walking, more possibilities for walking and more walk accessibility. You can find out more about Slow Ways and register with them here: Slow Ways.
Our High Streets: this new national office supported project aims to include u3as all over Britain who wish to participate, using a standard methodology. Further information about it can be seen here: National High Street Project
Finance Workshop, March 2019: There was a workshop held primarily for Treasurers. The material presented is visible here: Finance Presentation
Grants for Study days or Workshops that have the objective of improving the governance or running of u3as can apply to the Regional Trustee for a grant and would generally qualify. However if study days or workshops run by u3as or Networks are about subjects, activities or interest groups then they do not qualify. If u3as or networks have a day promoting growth of the u3a they can apply directly to the Regional Trustee for support for that.
Beacon Members Database System: This is a great way of simplfying your membership records and a lot more. It's a database system with built in functions to help run your u3a efficiently. There is a support team to help u3as who are considering using the system. The support team can help u3as to get access to the on-line "dummy" system to try out for themselves and can answer questions from enquirers and users. To access the Beacon Coordinator for the London Region (acting coordinator, Sally Ingledew), click on BEACON.
Third Age Trust: if you want to see the national u3a website click on the 'U3A' logo at the top right of any of our pages.
u3a National Newsletter: this is sent directly to individual members by email each month. It often contains information about, or relevance to, u3as in the London area. Subscription is easy and free via the u3a national website here: u3a NEWSLETTER You can also browse previous issues by that same link.
International u3a: An international newsletter published on the first day of every month for u3a members and kindred groups anywhere in the world is available. To view all issues go to:
u3a Experiences: The Trust recently appointed a Communications Officer, Liz Drury, to improve communications both within the u3a membership as well as with the media. One of Liz's first objectives is to develop a "bank" of members stories that illustrate how joining the u3a has had a positive benefit on their lives. These will then be available, with the members permission, to provide to the media as and when they request examples of what it can mean to be a u3a member.
The stories could range from members participating in activities not normally associated with their age, through unusual Interest Groups, to members who have found that the u3a can counter loneliness, etc. Liz is also looking for stories that focus on the experiences of new members joining existing u3as in London, as well as of those who have set up new ones in the last couple of years (Mill Hill, Upminster, HGS and Crouch End).

If you feel that you would like to contribute your U3A experience to this "bank" of stories, please contact Liz on
u3a is a great way of learning and if you'd like to see what else exists out there have a look at some options on our LEARNING page.

To learn more about other networks and groupings of U3As in the London area, click here: NETWORKS & OTHER GROUPINGS OF u3as

To see the video about life in u3a click on below:

Life in U3A