London Region of U3As

The London Region & Nationally

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.

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 RT (for the year from 31st August 31st 2017).
You can reach him through the link on the CONTACT page.
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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.
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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.
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Learning Not Lonely: there is a new publication issued nationally reflecting on the benefits provided by U3A. You can see a copy here: Learning Not Lonely.
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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.
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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: http://worldu3a.org/signpost/
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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 elizabeth.drury@u3a.org.uk
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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