Paisley & District

Join your Paisley & District U3A in 2019

Welcome to Paisley & District U3A website.

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd October 2019 at 1:45PM at the Salvation Army Hall, 3 Mill Street, Paisley. Our guest speaker will be Valerie Reilly, a historian and author, who will deliver a talk on the history of the Paisley Shawl

All Welcome to this free talk. Tea and Coffee avaiiable from 1:45 PM.

What is a U3A?

The University of the Third Age is not a university in the usual sense. It is a nationwide, co-operative learning organisation made up of independent local groups run on a voluntary basis by their members. No qualifications are needed to join and none are awarded. The U3A is open to those who are retired or semi retired who live in Paisley and surrounding area. It is all about learning for pleasure and for fun! You can find out more about the U3A movement on the Third Age Trust website and more about events for Scottish U3A members on the U3A in Scotland website.

Interest groups

Like all other U3As, we draw upon the enthusiasm, knowledge, experience and skills of our own members to organise and provide a wide range of interest groups and activities. Each group decides how to meet the learning hopes of the members and becomes a self managing unit.

More information can be found on the Groups page. This information will be updated as we progress.

Monthly Meetings

We plan to hold our monthly meetings on the first Thursday of each month. Our next monthly meeting will take place on Thursday, 4th October 2018 at the Salvation Army Hall, Mill Street, Paisley. See Notices for further details. These meetings will offer a guest speaker on a topic of general interest. You can enjoy a cup of tea and meet new friends. Suggestions for topics and speakers are always welcome.


Membership provides access to as many of the interest groups as you wish to join, as long as there are places available. You are also welcome to attend all the monthly meetings. Prospective members are welcome to attend up to two monthly meetings before joining and can arrange to sample a group before joining.

Single Annual Membership for 2017-2018 will be £20. This amount includes a £3.50p capitation fee payable to the Third Age Trust. Members can access various learning support services and other benefits. There are discounts available for members living in the same household. Members can join more than one U3a. In these circumstances, only one capitation fee is applicable. Please let the membership secretary know if you think you qualify for a discount. You may be asked to provide evidence of eligibility.

You can obtain an membership form from any committee member, from the membership secretary or at any of the monthly meetings. Payment should be made in cash or by cheque made payable to 'Paisley & District U3A'.

Please complete the form and hand it to our membership secretary (or assistant) at the meeting.along with you payment. You will be issued with a membership number and card, which serves as your receipt.

Please use the Contact page to get in touch.


If an activity in which you are particularly interested in is not available, why not suggest it? Also, if you would like to be more involved in developing a group and sharing your knowledge and skills, please let us know! Remember that everyone who's involved with the U3A is a volunteer and more volunteers are always welcome.

Come along and join Paisley & District U3A at the start of our exciting new venture. Make new friends, learn something new, share your own skills and have fun.

Thank you!

The Steering group would like to thank committee members from Bearsden and Milngavie U3a and East Renfrewshire U3a for their ongoing support and advice.