Wales Trustee

Sue Shannon-Jones

What’s New in u3a Wales?

News and updates from the Third Age Trust and Wales Trustee.

First, I apologise for not providing a Welsh version of this. If there is anyone who wants to translate this page into Welsh, please do let me know and I can add it to the page.

Myths, Legends and Misunderstandings

The u3a is a large organisation that has grown beyond anyone’s expectations over the last 40 years. Along with this growth there have been various versions of what the movement is about and how it is managed. Trustee Derek Harwood has developed an Advent Calendar
Behind each door is a fun fact which will hopefully debunk any myth legend or misunderstanding.

Trust Volunteers (TVs)

What are they and what do they do? We couldn’t do it without them -they help keep the movement running by offering an extraordinary breadth of skills - from the committee roles, through those working away behind the scenes putting out chairs and making tea. There are many distinct roles that come under the title of Trust Volunteer, some are supportive, such as helping new or struggling u3as, some are more outward looking like Research and Shared Learning Coordinators and PR advisers. I would like to build a Team of TVs covering these and other roles. If you want to know more, please do contact me. I will arrange a meeting of TVs and Network contacts in early February so that we can plan any future events.

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Priority Services

Western Power have developed a Priority Services Register. In the event of a power cut, someone will be in touch to check you are ok. More information can be found at Western Power

Similarly Welsh Water
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have information about keeping you and your Home Safe during the winter months

u3a: Let’s Talk Tech is a Facebook page that has been set up to help anyone with questions regarding technology within your u3a. However, you don’t have to be on Facebook or a member of the group to benefit. Volunteers hold a weekly ‘drop in’ session on a Wednesday on Zoom. The Session starts promptly at 1pm for over an hour, and this time is hosted by John Butler and supported by other members of the Let’s Talk Tech volunteer team.
The Zoom login details are as follows :- Meeting ID: 819 9315 3499 Passcode: 754565
Zoom Link
I would ask you not to share these details with anyone outside u3a.

40th Anniversary and Beyond

You have more than likely heard much about the plans for the u3a 40th Anniversary. There will be many events across the UK celebrating this event, not least the Woodland Project where trees will be planted as purchased by u3as – groups and individuals in the Brecon Beacons. More information on this on Tree Planting click on the Brand Centre tab, you would need to log in to the page.
Other events are being planned including a proposal for a play themed Reimagining the Future. The Project Team are looking for Irish and Welsh u3a Playwrights to write plays on this theme. If you are interested, please let me know and I’ll forward your details to the Team.

Spotlight On
This section will showcase the best of u3a in Wales.
If you know of a Member, Interest group, u3a or Network that merits an extra mention, I’d like to hear about it. For example Gilwern, a village in Monmouthshire, launched their u3a in 2016 and by 2019 had 100 members. By 2021 they had a runner up and a finalist in the Wales Creative Writing competition. Well done Gilwern


To keep fully up to date with everything happening in the Trust and the wider movement, including information about the new Member Link initiative, make sure you have signed up for the monthly Newsletter from Sam Mauger the CEO of the Trust.

Sue Shannon-Jones, Wales Trustee