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South East Region Support Team

LATEST NEWS - S E Region Support Team March 2021

The Spring Gathering
This event was very successful. These links are for the Learning for Spring Gathering talk by Chris Winner, and The High Street Project by Michaela Moody

Third Age Trust Website

These are extraordinary times and u3a office staff have been working hard to make sure it’s business as usual with some changes in how they provide services and a number of additions. Staff are working from home. The phone lines have been diverted so the u3a office number 0208 466 6139 will continue to be answered, as well as email enquiries. Our current volume of phone calls is normally 2000 a month.
New merchandise should be available in April – T shirts etc. Check out the ‘Brand Centre’.

Have you looked recently at the Third Age Trust Website? As well as up-to-date Covid19 Advice, it gives all kinds of information that may be useful to your u3a.

Retention and Recruitment toolkit. This contains a wealth of useful information.

Member Link. The latest project is ‘Member Link’ – The Power of Connection. Member Link is a project to support, connect and strengthen our u3a movement and beyond, bringing members together to share resources, advice and support. Your u3a will be contacted shortly.

The ‘Learning’ tab has a whole list of ideas for you to use, plus, on the ‘Events’ Tab, there are various workshops you can join, ranging from Maths to Japan, History to Staying Safe Online.

Also the Trust is identifying key volunteers to work remotely in each region with Regional Trustees.

Sources Online is our learning blog and hosts creative ideas about how interest groups and u3a members continue to learn, stay healthy and active and engaged during this time. Please send all your ideas and stories to the communications officer – Elizabeth Drury. The newsletter is a great way for the u3a movement to stay in touch with each other – please encourage all your colleagues and members to sign up from the Home Page of the Third Age Trust Website – ‘News’.

‘Keeping in Touch’ is the name of another closed u3a website where members post interesting snippets. Have a look – you may be surprised? Has your u3a got a Facebook page?

International . An other aspect of u3a worth investigating.

International Exchanges

u3as in Surrey have been conducting some very successful exchanges over the last seven years and would be glad to share their experience and enthusiasm with other u3as in the South East Region. Do look at this A4 report by Ian Funnell of Fetcham u3a on International Exchanges.

The strength and resilience of the u3a community is exceptional. Thank you for your continued support and commitment.


Grants are available which must be applied for in advance from the S E Region Trustee Susie Berry. Please see the Grants Policy and use the Grant Application form.

£500 Grant if you wish to have a stand at an Exhibition or Agricultural Show etc.

£200 Grant for an Open Day Event where the General Public find out about u3a and is free.

£300 Grants for new u3as. All new u3as will receive a grant to help with setting-up expenses.

The grant for ‘showcasing’ your u3a to the public has increased to £250. Many u3as hold ‘Freshers Fairs or similar when they invite the public to see what u3a is all about and thereby hope to attract new members. Application to u3a Office.

Discretionary Grants - apply to the Trustee for the South East Region

Active Learning There are many opportunities for u3a members to engage in various types of learning activity.

Regional Survey Report 2019

This is the supplement to the 2019 Overview Report which contains information on Regional/Country variation of members gender and age. A full report on all questions by Region/Country should be available by the end of February. 4,520 Member Survey forms were sent out to 202 randomly chosen U3As. The selection of large, medium and small u3as were chosen in proportion to the number of u3as in each of the nine English Regions and three Countries.

Yachting u3a - in Southampton area

U3A Yachting 1 This u3a Group of about 20 people are interested in sailing 35-38' Yachts and meet from November - April and discuss sailing topics. Then From May - October some join the Phoenix Yacht Club and sail with them whilst the others [who only want to do 1/2 days a year] get together and hire a yacht to go sailing sharing the cost. If you are interested please contact Judith Hankey

Diversity and Inclusion

Aims to help, support and advise u3as to ensure that all their members can access the informal learning and the many activities in their u3as, regardless of impairment or disability.

Special Anniversaries

It would be helpful if any u3a celebrating a special anniversary could contact the Trustee as the u3a Office would like to be able to acknowledge these by sending an anniversary card.