Isle of Arran U3A Grand Official launch, 28th January
The Grand Official launch of the new Isle of Arran U3A will take place on Tuesday 28th January at 2 pm in Brodick Village Hall, Brodick. Come along and find other people with similar interests, make new friends, and have fun! There will be tea and biscuits and a Musical Interlude by Ain't Midbehaving.

U3A in Scotland Newsletter, Autumn 2019
The Autumn Newsletter is available to download from the link on this page.

All Scotland Assembly and Special General Meeting at Elgin, 22 October 2019

The All Scotland Assembly and SGM held in the Town Hall, Elgin, on 22 October was attended by 42 delegates, representing 17 Member U3As. Kath Payne, Chair, U3A in Scotland and Eve Kersley, Chairperson, Elgin and Distrist U3A, welcomed everyone.

The first speaker in the morning session was Ann Keating the new Third Age Trustee for Scotland. Ann said she was looking forward to her new role and had a lot to learn. She spoke about the new Third Age Trust Development Plan, which includes marketing U3A in a different way; mobilising the membership to get involved with local publicity; improving resources; and the changed logo with just U3A and ‘learn, laugh and live’. Ann intends to spend her first few months finding out what is going on, then try to strengthen Scottish networks. She also spoke about the national U3A activity day on 3 June 2020.

The second presentation was on The Unforgotten Forces Consortium. Glen McDonald, Poppy Scotland, spoke about the consortium of 16 organisations supporting older veterans and their families. The services provided include practical support; advice services for older veterans; countering loneliness and isolation; health and wellbeing services; and influencing and policy work. In the past two years these organisations have provided nearly 8,000 episodes of support for older veterans across Scotland. During the lunch break delegates visited displays by other members of the consortium: Steve Henderson, Age Scotland Veterans Project; Roy Harrison, Legion Scotland; Mick Hilton, Scottish War Blinded; and Alec Pole, ILM Highland. There were lively discussions with Glen McDonald and his colleagues.

The lunch break provided a welcome opportunity for members to chat together, get to know each other and share information about their U3As and issues of common interest.

At the Special General Meeting the Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019 were approved and a new independent examiner, Edward McGee was appointed.

Susan Tester then gave a brief presentation on the U3A Scotland Summer School 2020 and announced that bookings for the summer school would open on Friday 25 October.

The main speaker in the afternoon was John Alexander, Beacon Supporter, who gave an outline and demonstration of the Beacon system. John’s role is to tell people about Beacon, help them to get used to it, then decide whether to go ahead, then, if so, support them for several months until they are ready to use it. John said that over 30% of U3As now use Beacon which enables them to manage membership, groups, finance and communication for their U3A. Beacon is to be upgraded to a new system. The aim is to roll this out to U3As currently using Beacon, then to others by the end of the third quarter of 2020.

During the Open Forum which followed, topics discussed by delegates included the cost of Beacon; and the use of personal email addresses for office bearers; the use of generic email addresses was recommended.

The Chair announced that the next Assembly would be on 30 March 2020 hosted in Peebles by Tweeddale U3A. Kath thanked Elgin and District U3A for their very successful hosting of the event.

The feedback on the day was very positive with most aspects rated ‘very good’ or ‘good’.

For photos of the event follow the links on this page.