The initials U3A stand for University of the Third Age, which is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment and which provides educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.
It consists of over a thousand local U3As across the UK, which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. The teachers learn and the learners teach!
WHERE ARE MEETINGS HELD?
The Scunthorpe & District branch of the U3A meets at St Bernadette's Church Hall, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe. DN16 2RS at 2.00 p.m. on the 4th Friday of the month.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Usually members start to arrive from about 1.30pm. Any announcements are made at 2.00pm and the meeting gets underway with the Speaker starting at 2.15. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available from 1.30 to 2.15. A list of Speakers and their subjects is provided on the EVENTS page.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The annual subscription (April to March) is £15.50. Prospective members who are already a member of another U3A are entitled to a discount of £3.50 although proof of the additional membership will be required.
You are welcome to come for a 'taster' session which will cost £2.00.
ARE YOU ELIGIBILE?
The expression 'University of the Third Age' provides a guideline. The first age is described as the period of time when one is in full time education. The second age relates to those with 'caring' or 'full time employment' responsibilities, while the third age is for those aged 45 and over and not in full time employment.
HOW BIG IS THE U3A?
On joining a U3A, you will be welcomed as a member of an ever growing organisation with over a 1000 U3As in the UK and around some 350,000 members
HOW DID THE BRANCH START?
The Scunthorpe & District branch of the U3A started in Mid 2015 as a result of another nearby branch becoming heavily oversubscribed. And it was from the forty five people who turned up in July 2015, that the branch has now grown to a current membership totalling in the region of 260.
As is the case with the majority of U3As, the monthly meetings attract around a third of the membership; the real draw being the availability of Interest Groups. These, as the name implies, are individual organisations which exist within a U3A and which offer a wide range of interests and activities. The Scunthorpe & District branch has approximately 25 Interest Groups and you can find details of them all on the GROUPS page.
SPREADING THE WORD
To keep everyone up to date, members receive a copy of the monthly Newsletter which is emailed directly to them. For those not on email, a copy is available for collection at the monthly meeting.
If the above has whetted your appetite, come along for a 'taster' session. We look forward to welcoming you soon!