Sutton Coldfield U3A is following the general advice from U3A Head Office, itself based on that from the government, and as of the 20th of March all meetings have been cancelled for an indefinite period.
All members will be kept informed of the current situation by email; if you know of members who aren't on email, can you please keep them updated by phone.
In terms of general advice, if you're feeling unwell, even if you're sure it's just a seasonal cough or cold, PLEASE DO NOT GO OUT and self-isolate. Our membership largely comprises of the most age-vulnerable group of people, and their health and wellbeing is of great importance.
Further important announcements regarding coronavirus, meetings etc., will be made as necessary through Group Organisers and the Sunday evening email and Beacon systems.
Sutton Coldfield U3A is part of an international organisation (A.I.U.T.A - Association Internationale des Universités du Troisième Âge - which started in France in 1973) which aims to encourage like-minded people no longer in full-time employment, to join together in educational, creative, cultural and leisure activities in a friendly social atmosphere.
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 currently has around 1,700 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 some 70 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.
Most meetings are held near Sutton Coldfield town centre at the following locations (click the links to view the location on Google Maps):
- 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)
- St. Peters Hall (Postcode for SatNav - B72 1JJ)
Each individual group gives the location, and often the room, of its meetings on its own Groups page. If you're unsure about either the time or location of a meeting, contact the organiser for that group.
New Members. 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 2019/20 New Members Application Form or preferably use our SCU3A Online New Membership Application.
Existing Members. Existing Sutton Coldfield members who are renewing their membership for 2019/20 can download a Membership Renewal Form here from the beginning of September, or preferably use our SCU3A Online Membership Renewal.
Associate Members. If you currently belong to another U3A but regularly attend meetings held by Sutton Coldfield U3A, you need to complete an Associate Membership Form. This is to comply with regulations to enable us to have details of non-local members attending each of our meetings.
NOTE: Will all members please ensure that the Gift Aid box on the membership form is checked. This will enable us to claim a rebate from HMRC equivalent to 25% of your membership fee, but if the box is unchecked, we have to forego this rebate.
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.
IMPORTANT - Updating Changed Membership Information
If any members have changed their postal address, telephone number, or email address since joining or renewing their membership, it's important that they update their personal details on the Beacon membership system. The Sutton Coldfield U3A members portal to do this can be accessed by clicking on this link: Beacon Members Portal. Please note that for security reasons, to log into Beacon your originally registered U3A membership number, name, postcode and email address are needed in order to change or update personal information.
Privacy and Data Protection
Accidents, Injuries, or Medical Emergencies
The Committee have been reminded of the need for Group Organisers to complete an Incident Report Form should there be any accidents, injuries, or medical emergencies during meetings, either at any of our meeting locations or on any external visit or walk.