South Wales Network (SWN)

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

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 are still holding monthly Zoom meetings sharing ideas and discussing Welsh Government guidelines now restrictions have eased.

Minutes of Meetings

2021Mins Jan 2021Mins Feb 2021 AGM Mar 2021Acnts AGM 2021Mins Mar 2021
Mins Apr 2021Mins May 2021Mins Jun 2021 Mins Jul 2021 Mins Sep 2021
2020AGM Jan 2020Mins Jul 2020Mins Sep 2020Mins Oct 2020Mins Nov 2020

Official Documents

Constitution 2019Data Protection PolicyPrivacy PolicyNetwork Affiliation Agreement

Links to Sub Pages

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

Newsletters and Magazines of SWN u3as

Bridgend NewsletterCaldicot NewsletterChepstow Magazine Torfaen Newsletter

What does your u3a want from the Network?

It has to reflect what you want. Here are some ideas taken from Network Meetings, members, u3a Office website, Pathfinders, Network Link etc.

  • Help u3a Trustees, Interest Group Leaders, and other volunteers, collectively share their knowledge and expertise with other u3as. Sharing best practice 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.
  • 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. Eventually we will be able to go back to face to face meetings. Do we want to? Might have hybrid meetings? Perhaps we will have some Zoom and some 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.
  • 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.

All enquiries to: SWN Information
Dates for your Diary
Mon Oct 11th

All Wales Meeting at 2.00 pm on Zoom


  • PR advisers – why we need them, how u3a Wales could benefit (Sue Stokes)
  • u3a day – dates for the future, preparing for 2022
  • From UK to nation to networks to committees to members – communication pathways.
  • Online Wales – following the trend set by Scotland
  • Shared and Hybrid groups – best practice around Wales
  • News from the Trust
  • AOB
Tue Oct 12th

Network Link Meeting - What's Ahead from 10.00 - 12.30
All Network Reps are invited to this virtual Network Link Meeting using Zoom.
There will be presentations on

  • Member Services
  • 40th Anniversary celebrations
  • Beacon for Networks
  • TATTL Goods and Services

There will be a short Q & A after each presentation then discussion time in breakout rooms. There will be a short comfort break in the middle. We hope that you will join us for what should be an informative morning.

Please sign up by contacting Avis, by the 1st October, at

Please include the names of attendees, their email addresses and which network they are from.

At the moment we are not limiting the number of attendees from each network.

The link to the meeting will be sent out to each attendee just before the meeting.

Your support will be welcomed.

Wed Oct 20th SWN Network Meeting 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm
Click on Next SWN Meeting
Wed Nov 10th SWN Network Meeting 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm
Details nearer the time.
Fri Nov 12th

Meeting of all SWN u3a Chairs and Vice Chairs at 10.00 am on Zoom.

Chairs and Vice Chairs of SWN u3s are invited to discuss the South Wales Network.

The Agenda will be in two parts:

  • The Chairman of the Network will briefly review the changes since the AGM in March this year and outline plans for the future.
  • All SWN Chairs and Vice Chairs will have the opportunity to give their views on the Network. What should be its priorities and future direction to give maximum benefit to u3as in the Network.

The meeting will finish by 11.30 am

A Zoom link will be sent out nearer the time

Wed Dec 15th SWN Network Meeting 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm
Details nearer the time.
Wed Mar 9th 2022 Annual General Meeting - very provisional
We are planning on a face to face meeting so we will be looking for a u3a to host the meeting. The choice of venue will dictate the time and possibly the date of the meeting.

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