Torfaen U3A - Welcome

Welcome to the website of Torfaen U3A.

U3A stands for the University of the Third Age.

The U3A is an organisation for people who are no longer in full time employment. Membership relates to a period in one’s life (the Third Age) that follows the Second Age of full-time employment and/ or parental responsibility. (The First Age is childhood). Anybody in their Third Age can join. There is no lower age limit for membership.

The aim of the U3A is to provide educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. There are local U3As across Britain, each run entirely by the members on a voluntary basis. They provide opportunities for their members to share experiences through a wide range of interest groups. In each U3A these groups arise in accordance with the wishes of the members and depend on the skills and talents available within that U3A.

Throughout the UK, many different interest groups are supported. These can range from the purely educational (e.g. Psychology), through cultural (e.g. Art Appreciation), practical (e.g. Craft), physical (e.g. Walking) to purely social (e.g. Scrabble).

Those groups falling into the educational category adhere to the aim of learning for pleasure. There are NO assessments or qualifications to be gained.

Torfaen U3A is part of this nationwide network of U3As.

Please feel free to explore our site by any of the following means:

  • Clicking on the appropriate header button at the top of the screen. (For example, clicking on the GROUPS button above will give you information on our currently active groups).
  • Clicking on the coloured text embedded within the body of the page. (For example, clicking on the coloured text "Torfaen U3A" on this page will give you further details on our U3A).
  • Clicking on the links contained in the LINKS box shown at the top right-hand corner of certain pages.