Sutton Coldfield

Welcome

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 1,500 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.

Please see the Groups page for a full list of interest groups and the Events page for more details of forthcoming general activities.

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 full meeting information for the current month.

Meeting Locations

Most meetings are held near Sutton Coldfield town centre at the following locations (click the links to view the location on Google Maps):

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.

Membership

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.

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

As most members will be aware, new European-wide data protection regulations (GDPR) came into force on the 25th of May 2018. Sutton Coldfield U3A's own Privacy Policy and Data Protection Policy have been updated to reflect this change and are now available by following the appropriate links on this page. Also available is our Interest Assessment: Next of Kin which details exactly why we may from time to time request these details from members.

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.