South Wales Network (SWN)

Chairman Derek Shottin Vice ChairmanDavid DaviesPage EditorDerek Shottin
SWN Secretary Vacant Treasurer Michael YoungTrust VolunteersDenise Jones
Sharon Corbett
Third Age Trust Covid-19 Advice for u3a activities

Network Secretary Wanted

On average we just need a couple of hours a week of your time. You will need access to a computer with emails, Word (or equivalent) and Zoom; if you can do more than all the better. Contact the Chairman if you can help us out.

Member u3as

Abergavenny, Barry, Blackwood, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Caldicot, Cardiff, Chepstow, Cowbridge, Crickhowell, Cynon Valley, Ebbw Vale, Garth Olwg, Gilwern, Maesteg, Monmouth, Neath, Newbridge, Newport, Pontyclun, Porthcawl, Risca, Sully, Swansea, Tonyrefail, Torfaen, Tredegar, Usk.
Click on Welsh u3as to check out the web site of an individual u3a.

We have been meeting monthly on Zoom sharing experiences of running our u3as during lockdown. We are now sharing plans for restarting normal activities as restrictions are eased.

Minutes of Meetings, Constitution and GDPR

2021Mins Jan 2021Mins Feb 2021 AGM Mar 2021Acnts AGM 2021Mins Mar 2021
Mins Apr 2021
2020AGM Jan 2020Mins Jul 2020Mins Sep 2020Mins Oct 2020Mins Nov 2020
Constitution 2018Data ProtectionPrivacy Policy

Links to Sub Pages

SWN and Network Link Zoom speakers, Zoom name, Dedicated email address, SWN meeting documents, Facebook and Recruitment Guides. Network Link Feedback
SWN Peer Support Groups u3a Treasurers, Beacon Users, Site Builder Users
u3a Office Website Advice on Covid-19, Members Link, Recruitment Toolkits, Risk Assessments and other useful information.
Wales u3a Website & Other Links Wales Short Story Competition, Beacon Support. u3a Science Network

Newsletters and Magazines of SWN u3as

Bridgend NewsletterCaldicot NewsletterChepstow Magazine Torfaen Newsletter

Ideas for the Future of the Network
What does your u3a want from the Network? It is your Network and it has to reflect what you want. Here are some ideas taken from various sources: Network meetings, members, u3a Office website, Pathfinders, Network Link etc.

  • Sharing best practice, exchange of ideas, and discussion of issues of concern. Generally, u3as helping one another. This is a key element of the Network and should be an item on every Agenda. But would need to be focused on specific topic(s) or u3a(s).
  • Zoom meetings. No travel or hall hire costs. So we can have more meetings including shorter more focused ones in addition to the usual General meetings.
  • SWN Meetings. At some point we will be able to go back to face to face Network meetings. Might have hybrid meetings? Perhaps a mixture of Zoom and face to face meetings?
  • Peer groups - members with similar committee responsibilities. Chairs/Vice Chairs, Secretaries, Membership, Group Coordinator, Newsletters, Communications etc. To discuss their specific problems and exchange best practice. Could be one off or more regular meetings.
  • Talks. Pathfinders, Wales Trustee etc.
  • Study Days and Workshops run by U3a Office or SWN eg. Retention and Recruitment seminar, Websites by Wales Website editor.
  • Mini seminars on topics identified by SWN u3as eg Hybrid meetings, on-line AGMs, Open Days etc. Record these sessions and put link on this website so any u3a can view them.
  • Training sessions. Zoom
  • User Groups. Facebook
  • Sharing of on-line and face to face activity groups. Sharing of on-line groups may help older members who are not mobile or alternatively may attract younger new members.
  • Encourage u3as to arrange Inter u3a competitions. Quiz, Bridge, Mah Jong, Skittles, Badminton, Table Tennis etc.
  • Encourage joint meetings of similar interest groups (eg. Photography: Cardiff and Chepstow)
  • One u3a giving help and advice to start up the same group in another u3a.
  • Use South Wales Trustee to channel SWN concerns to u3a Office

If your u3a has an event where other u3as are invited eg quiz, open day, study day etc, you can publicise it in Dates for your Diary below.

General queries to: SWN Information Web Page queries to: Page Editor


Dates for your Diary
Wed May 19th SWN Network Meeting 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm on Zoom
Click on Next SWN Meeting for the Agenda, minutes of the last meeting and any attachments for discussion at the meeting or to be brought to the attention of your committee.
Wed Jun 2nd u3a Day 2021
Click on u3a Day 2021 to link to u3a Office web site page for help, ideas, a Toolkit, and how to apply for a grant.
Wed Jun 9th SWN Network Meeting 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm on Zoom
Details nearer the time.
Mon Jun 14th
→Fri Jun 18th

For Network Committees, Network Members, u3a Chairs
Networks are vital links in the communication chain across the organisation and are greatly valued by the Trust. But do you know how they fit in and what they can and cannot do?
A week of daily, interactive, online sessions featuring

  • The Benefits of belonging to a Network
  • Constitution, NAA, Charity status (what is NAA?)
  • Diversity of Networks, Websites, PR, Facebook
  • Hybrid meetings, Peer Support networks

Click on Netfest Flyer for advance notice of this event. Full programme to follow.

Wed Jun 16th Site Builder Peer Support Group 9.45 am for a 10.00 am on Zoom
An introductory meeting to get an idea of the interest in this group and determine the structure, aims, meeting frequency etc.
A Zoom link will be sent to participants a few days before the meeting.
Please email SWN Information if you would like come along. Please indicate your u3a.
Wed Jul 21st SWN Network Meeting 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm on Zoom
Details nearer the time.
Wed Sep 8th SWN Network Meeting 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm on Zoom
Review of first six months since the AGM?
Wed Oct 20th SWN Network Meeting 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm
Details nearer the time.
Wed Nov 10th SWN Network Meeting 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm
Details nearer the time.
Wed Dec 15th SWN Network Meeting 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm
Details nearer the time.