London South East

Welcome to U3A South East London


Welcome to South East London U3A! Part of a 1,000-strong nationwide network of independent U3As, affiliated to the Third Age Trust, our aim is to promote and celebrate lifelong learning. Activities are centred around interest groups, meeting in sociable, informal settings. Our 500+ members come from a wide range of backgrounds. All are welcome – the only qualifications are enthusiasm and curiosity. We normally run 60-80 interest groups, meeting in community centres and members’ homes, mainly across the Boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich. At the moment many of our groups are meeting online. Whether you want to learn a language, become creative, get fit, stretch your mind, explore your area or just make new friends in a relaxed setting, there is bound to be something for you. And as soon as COVID restrictions are lifted, we will be able to revive those groups which have been unable to meet in the past year.

How does it work? All activities are run by member volunteers, who are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge or interests with like-minded members. We also welcome visiting speakers. There are opportunities to volunteer on the Committee, or be a Group Leader. Occasionally a group is full – then you may be put on a waiting list, or form a new group if you are so inclined! For a modest annual subscription you can join as many of these activities as you like. There are no other charges, except for Friday talks, materials, and tickets.

As part of a nationwide network of U3As, you will also have access to National and Regional Study Days, Summer Schools, Shared Learning Projects, and, during lockdown, online talks and courses being offered by members all over the country. You will also receive a regular publication, Third Age Matters, and weekly event updates.

Want to know more? Click the button at the top of this page to go to the Groups page, where you will find detailed descriptions of all the groups, and a link to a list which highlights those which are currently meeting. To contact a Lead Convenor for a group you’re interested in, go to the Contacts page.

If you want to head straight for the Joining Page, click the button on the top of this page, or follow this link, to Join our U3A.