London Region of U3As


A core objective of LRU3A is to assist London Region U3As in sharing knowledge across the region. This webpage is intended to be used primarily for information generated by an individual U3As to be shared with others.

Initially on this page we will post Shared Practice Guides (SPGs) and Peer Group information.
Shared Practice: As stated in the LRU3A Constitution, one of our aims is to support and help U3As to be more effective and efficient. See the approved Proposal for SPGs here: 19.04 Proposal SPGs. The intention is that we build up a collection of material highlighting good practice on particular subjects relevant to all our London Region U3As - shared learning. These SPG will be developed jointly by the U3As in London and LRU3A. These will be in addition to, rather than replacing, any advice provided through the national website.
To kick-off this initiative, some topics have been chosen (as listed below) and some drafts have been created for comment by Delegates and individual members as appropriate:
- SPG001-Cloud Storage
- SPG002-Volunteering see also material from recent workshop: Recruiting and Valuing Volunteers
- SPG003-Website Software Programs
- SPG004-Communications
- SPG005-Beacon Tutorial for Coordinators
- SPG006-Induction of New Members
- SPG007-Induction of Trustees
- SPG008-Online Meetings
- SPG009-Zoom Guide for Hosts
- SPG010-Zoom Guide for Participants
- SPG011-Copyright Matters

While not SPGs, the following documents can be taken as such:
For Committees to review overal status of their U3A: Health Check WORD or Health Check EXCEL
For Treasurers: Finance Presentation and the Trust's Sample Finance Policy template can be downloaded from /Advice/Finance
For a summary of U3A Trustee responsibilities please look here: Trustee Jigsaw
For information on how to use the brand see: U3A Brand Guidelines
Thinking about setting up a website for your U3A and want to know how to use the supplied generic 'Site Builder' program, look here: Site Builder Guide.

Guidance for Getting Together Online: due to the sudden popularity (and need) for an online means of carrying on U3A activities, the U3A National Office has produced some guidance to help you organise and participate in online group discussions and meetings using free software apps such as ZOOM, WHYPAY, and Facebook closed groups here: How to guidance
Also some U3As are developing their own supplementary guides. LRU3A will produce DPGs in this area shortly, in the meantime you might like to view Islington U3As examples:
SPG009-Zoom Guide for Hosts
SPG010-Zoom Guide for Participants

In addition to the two SPGs on Zoom above for further guidance see here: Zoom Tutorial

If you need further help, please contact your IT/Webmaster.
For information about various computer 'stuff' a good site created by Ravenshead U3A can be seen here: Computer Guides

The national U3A website also has other useful templates and guidance. These can be viewed under the Advice and Resources tabs.

Apart from commenting on any the above documents, if there are any other particular subjects you would like to suggest for creation of a SPG, please drop the Webeditor an email, via our CONTACT web page. Thanks.
Peer Groups: another initiative that LRU3A is promoting is to try to get some peer groups networks up and running. These would share common issues and develop best practise across the London Region. See the approved Proposal here: 19.04 Proposal Peer Groups. There are currently three Peer Groups operating:

  • Interest Group Coordinators Contacts: Vivek Nanda at and Liz Day at for information
  • IT/ Webmasters: contact Derek Harwood at for information
  • Treasurers: contact William Smith at for information.

Information generated by each of these Peer Networks is shown on the sub-sections below:
Group Coordinators Peer Network:
Next meeting: details to be published later.

This peer group network recently conducted a survey across the region. The survey report can be sen here: Groups Coordinators Survey
At the meeting of 24th April the following were utilised:

This network kicked off with a Launch Event on 7th February. The following documents were discussed:

IT/ Webmaster Peer Network: the group does most of it's communication on-line but occasionally they meet for face-to-face meetings or Zoom online meetings.

In January 2020 London Region's IT/Webmaster Peer Group held a Beacon Workshop. This covered: An Introduction/Overview; a live web demo of current Beacon functionality; a presentation of the upgrade programme for Beacon. See the following files for more info:
Beacon Workshop Welcome
Beacon Overview
Beacon - the Future

For general information about Beacon please visit the site: About Beacon

The Peer Network has also set up a Competency register so that queries recieved can be casccaded to the most appropriate member.
Treasurers Peer Network: if you are interested in joining and supporting the Treasurers' group please complete and send of this form: Treasurers Network Application Form