Tadcaster & Villages

About us

What is u3a?* Founded in 1982 there are 1,039 u3as nationally with 43,000 members. u3as are locally-run with interest groups that provide a wide range of opportunities for people who are no longer in full or part-time work.

u3a is a voluntary organisation which encourages self-learning by members exploring new ideas, sharing their skills and interests in a friendly environment. It's learning for fun, not with the aim of gaining qualifications. Becoming a member of u3a is the ideal way to meet new people, make new friends and start a whole new learning and social life in retirement. (Read a comment from one of our members on the sub-page).

Each u3a is an independent charity and reflects the interests and needs of its membership and consequently differ in the way they are run and in the activities that they offer.

There is no lower or upper age limit. We encourage our members to share their experiences, knowledge, skills, values and ideas. u3a is an international organisation movement whose aims are the education and stimulation of mainly retired members of the community - those in their third 'age' of life.

If you are interested in becoming a member and have skills and knowledge that you would be happy to share, please come along to one of our meetings and we would be happy to meet you and introduce to our membership. We would hope that you too would become a member and share your knowledge and skills with others.

“Learn, laugh and live” is the u3a motto.

To find out more click “What is u3a?” which will take you to a short video.

Note* Originally called the University of the Third Age, now known as u3a.