Sutton Coldfield U3A (University of the Third Age) is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment, providing educational, creative, and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.
We are a learning cooperative, run by volunteers, which draws upon the knowledge, experience and skills of our own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership.
Formed in 1989, Sutton Coldfield U3A has around 1,400 members from all walks of life, living in the area of Sutton Coldfield and the surrounding suburbs.
We have an extensive programme of events and meetings that are organised by nearly sixty different interest groups, covering such fields as arts, languages, sciences, physical exercise, mental challenges, social and recreational activities – all with a ‘fun‘ element.
We publish a monthly Newsletter which is called Sage. This is not available on the website since it contains personal information, but copies are distributed to members and are made available to prospective members as either a paper copy or via our email information system. This contains details of all meetings for the current month, as well as general articles submitted by our members.
The Monthly Programme (click to download a copy) provides meeting information for the current month.
Most meetings are held near Sutton Coldfield town centre at the following locations (click the links to view the location on Google Maps, which will open in a separate window):
- United Reformed Church - most meetings are held here. (Postcode for SatNav - B73 6AA)
- Methodist Centre (Postcode for SatNav - B72 1QY)
- Trinity Centre (Postcode for SatNav - B72 1TF)
Each individual group gives the location, and often the room, of its meetings on its own Groups page.
We welcome new members who would like to join existing groups or organise new ones. You're welcome to attend a few group meetings to see if they're of interest before joining as a member. You can download a Membership Form from here.
Please come along to a meeting and learn more, or to find out more about individual group meetings, send a message to the Group Organiser from the specific group page you are interested in.
Privacy and Data Protection.
As most members will now be aware, new European-wide data protection regulations (GDPR) came into force on the 25th of May 2018. Sutton Coldfield U3A's own Privacy and Data Protection Policies have been updated to reflect this change and are now available by following the appropriate links on this page. Also available is our Legitimate Interest Assessment: Next of Kin which details exactly why we may from time to time request these details from members.