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 individual or groups of U3As for sharing 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:
- SPG01-Cloud Storage
- SPG02-Volunteering see also material from recent workshop: Recruiting and Valuing Volunteers
- SPG03-Website Software Programs
- SPG04-Communications
- SPG05-Beacon Tutorial for Group Coordinators/Convenors

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

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 two Peer Groups operating:

  • IT/ Webmasters: contact Derek Harwood at for information
  • Treasurers: contact William Smith at for information. If you are interested in joining and supporting the Treasurers' group please complete and send of this form: Treasurers Network Application Form
  • Interest Group Coordinators: this is the next Peer Group we are trying to launch. Watch this space for further information.