Maidstone Invicta

Membership

If you are interested in becoming a member

We have set our subscription for 2018 at £15 per person; this includes the single Capitation Fee to our national organisation, The Third Age Trust, which provides a wide range of services and benefits, including the magazine and liability insurance cover. If you will belong to another U3A after 1st April 2018 and pay their full fee, the MIU3A membership fee is reduced to £9.40, providing you can supply proof of membership.

Click here to download our Single Membership form 2018 or Joint Membership form 2018 as appropriate. You can either bring the completed form and membership fee to our next monthly meeting or post to the address at the bottom of the form.

We hope you will join us, please come along to our next meeting on the 3rd Monday in every month. If you have any questions our Membership Secretary will be pleased to help. Please use the link contact to her at the top right of this page.

Gift Aid

If you are a tax-paying member you should consider completing a Gift Aid form 2016. Gift Aid is a way for charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to increase the value of monetary gifts from UK taxpayers by claiming back the basic rate tax paid by the donor on the donation. It can increase the value of donations by a quarter at no extra cost to the donor. If you'd like further information about the scheme follow the HMRC Gift Aid link.

The ‘Ethos’ of the University of the Third Age

When becoming a member of Maidstone Invicta U3A, individuals by signing their membership application forms, agree to abide by the aims and guiding principles of the U3A movement. These aims and guiding principles are often referred to as the ‘ethos’of the U3A. As a relatively new U3A, Maidstone Invicta would like to make its members aware of the main aim and guiding principles of your U3A.

Each U3A is a learning cooperative of people who are no longer in full time employment. The main aim of a U3A is to encourage and enable its members to help each other to learn by the sharing of knowledge, skills and experience.

The main guiding principle for a U3A is that it should offer learning activities which reflect the members wishes and which aim to satisfy the widest possible range of interests. U3A’s arrange and support their own programmes as appropriate to these chosen learning activities.

The guiding principle on funding of a U3A is that it is funded, in the main, by the subscriptions of its members. Members then undertake, without payment, the many and varied tasks necessary to run their U3A.

Maidstone Invicta U3A would ask all its members to embrace this philosophy, or U3A ‘ethos’ of self-help, by offering to share their own knowledge, skills and experience with the rest of the membership . This can be done in many ways: by sharing your knowledge of a particular subject as a Group Leader; by sharing an experience as a speaker at a monthly meeting; by offering to help members of the Steering Group, when they ask for volunteers for specific tasks.

If members are interested in reading about these aims and principles in full there is an information booklet available in the members’ area of the National U3A website in the Document Download area.

Our Reference Library

Our Key Policy Documents store can be accessed by this link to our Reference Library and you can now see copies of our Newsletters too.

Our Membership Records

Our Membership Secretary would like to ensure that all information is accurate. Please notify her of any changes via the link at the top right of this page

Our membership records are held on a computer and comply with the Data Protection Act. These records are used only for purposes directly connected to U3A Activities and are not revealed to third parties. Follow the link if you would like to see more detail of our Data Protection Policy.