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Regional PR and Media Adviser u3a
Do you want to help raise the profile of u3as in your part of the world, and support the national campaign to celebrate and promote awareness of the u3a movement?

We are looking for volunteers with knowledge and experience of working in a PR, media or marketing capacity to join their Regional Team and be linked to the national Communications Team. Volunteers will be part of a UK wide team with other PR Advisers.

The role is home based but could include travel around the region or country, as necessary. Most meetings will be conducted online but occasional team meetings in London (when permitted) will be required, but no more than twice a year. Expenses will be paid under the Expense Policy of the Trust.

For an informal discussion contact Sue Stokes, Chair of Communications and External Affairs: email or call 07931 865903

Please contact Neil if you are interested in this – his contact information is below.

Neil Stevenson
Trustee, North West of England
Mobile: 07595 233163


It is a great privilege to be the next regional trustee for the North West. Gill is a hard act to follow. She has worked tirelessly for the past four years as trustee and before that, as chair of the region. So it’s a huge thank you from me to Gill for all that she has achieved for our U3As.
The role of trustee is challenging at any time. Fortunately, we have an outstanding regional committee who can be relied on to share the workload. This involves running workshops, provide support to U3As, when requested and opening new U3As when the opportunity arises.
The current pandemic makes life more complex for all of us. When this is finally over there will inevitably be a period of rebuilding for our U3As. As yet, we do not know how this may change the way we operate and what the “new normal” will be like. There is a huge amount of work being done by volunteer U3A members to plan for every eventuality. You may have seen some of the information that has been sent to committee members. This includes plans for a membership recruitment campaign and a “Planning for the U3A movement Post Lockdown from our national chair, Ian McCannah. If you have any ideas, comments or questions, please do let me know. My email address is
Best wishes


Dear Members,

I do hope that you are well and have enjoyed the summer months as well as being able to meet up with family and friends. Having delayed from June, the start of September was the time for our North West Region to hold its AGM. This is reported separately in the newsletter.

I should like to thank all those members who took part by returning votes and by attending. I appreciated the words of support that I received about this, especially, since holding a large meeting by Zoom was a new experience for me. The national training that I at-tended with regard to holding this kind of meeting certainly helped. The National U3A website is an excellent source for finding new and useful training resources. For example, under the online events section, there are ‘How to Guides’, which some members may find helpful.

We try to include ideas and resources that our members can use in individual U3As on our Regional website. As a committee, we decided to introduce some ‘Tuesday Talks’ using some of the on-line speakers or performers that have been recommended. For some U3As this style of delivery is new so we hope that attending one or all these talks will be both enjoyable and provide a useful experience. Any member can register an interest to attend these talks using the forms on our Events section. The first one is in October so please don’t delay in signing up.

As you are aware, our Regional Trustee, Gill, steps down from her position at the National AGM on 29th September. I know that many of you would want to join with me in thanking her for all the guidance and support that she has provided over the years. We hope that she will continue to be actively involved in the U3A and wish her all the best in the future.

We are delighted that Neil Stevenson will be our new Regional Trustee. Many of you will know Neil through the variety of activities that he has led over a period of time – not least as our former Chair and at the North West annual Summer School. We will look forward to supporting him in the future.

Meanwhile I hope that you have an interesting and enjoyable time this Autumn whilst remaining safe.
All good wishes.


Yes, it’s finally happened. I’m off!
I wish I could say I’m off to somewhere interesting but my back garden or a walk by the local shore might be as far as I get.

However, I feel that whilst the Covid 19 problem has provided an interesting challenge to my retirement it won’t last forever and it has made changes which I think will help to drive the movement forward in different ways. Digital technology has been a useful development. It will never replace our physical meetings but at least it has provided us with a means of communication and learning during the ongoing restrictions providing opportunities for us to be involved in the wider movement.

The future of the U3A movement could be exciting and I hope that our members will accept and refine the challenge and use it as positive step into the years ahead, which I fully intend to be part of.
Meanwhile stay well. Stay safe, stay active.
Good luck to all.
Best wishes,

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