Wales

Resources and Information for Wales u3as

Welsh Trust Volunteers

Rod Evans Newtown U3A roderick_lwg@yahoo.co.uk
Sandra Ivinson Llanelli U3A sandraivinson@icloud.com

Welsh Trust Volunteers - There for you.

We are lucky to have 7 Trust Volunteers from across Wales. They are trained to help and support u3as and to start new ones. They attend regional meetings and give the Trustee help with events across our region and in networks.
They are prepared to travel and would be delighted to be invited to visit your u3as so that you can meet and get to know them. Here are their details:

Carol Brown Porthmadog u3a aileencarol@yahoo.co.uk
Rod Evans Newtown u3a rodericklwg@yahoo.co.uk
Sandra Ivinson Llanelli u3a sandraivinson@icloud.com
Denise Jones Bridgend u3a denise@lovinglymanaged.com
Sharon Corbett Pontyclun u3a sharon.corbett@volunteer.u3a.org.uk
Richard Walker Brecon u3a walkerrichard963@gmail.com

Language resources offered to u3as

Derek Beddow, Chairman of Penmaenmawr u3a, is a retired teacher/education consultant and offers free language materials for Spanish and Japanese study should any u3a group wish to have copies.
Tel: 07429469256 Email: delandsum@yahoo.co.uk

Recommended Speakers List - now with over 50 great speakers!

Speakers List Thumb Wales u3as are invited to share information about speakers that have given talks that they would recommend to other u3as. You can now download the latest Recommended Speakers List (version 0.11 updated February 2020)_ with grateful thanks to Aberystwyth, Dyfi, Flintshire, Llandrindod, Cardiff, Penmaenmawr and Newtown u3as for their recommendations. We now need input from other u3as to make the list even better! Information on how to contribute recommendations is included in the document.

Zoom speakers

The South Wales Network has compiled a list of speakers able to provide free talks using Zoom.

u3a Specialist Subject Advisors

Local u3as and individual u3a members can access specialist subject advisors on dozens of topics who offer their time freely to advise interest groups and often make available learning resources such as leaflets, study guides and newsletters. For a full list and contact information refer to the Subject Advisors list on the u3a national website.

Support for Beacon u3a Membership Management System

Pete Edmondson is the Regional Support Co-ordinator for the system and is able to provide information and support for any u3a in Wales wishing to use the Beacon system. You can contact Peter using the Beacon Support Wales contact page or phone on 01490 430216.

Retention and Recruitment of members

Coming out of Covid, many u3as are wondering how to sustain their membership. Are you having trouble keeping members or encouraging members to stand for your u3a Committee? It's not an uncommon issue. But help is at hand. The new Sources website provides resources and advice to help you recruit and retain members.

EDUCATIONAL & OTHER LINKS

Open LearningCardiff Centre for Lifelong LearningThe OU in Wales
Welsh AssemblyOlder Peoples CommissionerAge Cymru
Sustainable Funding CymruWelsh Senate for Older PeopleGwanwyn
Wales Gene ParkNational Museum of WalesOPAN Network
NIACE Dysgu CymruLearning Festival GroupsSignpost
TEDMOOCS
Cardiff UniversityParliament Outreach Wales

Gwanwyn is a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year celebrating creativity in older age.
Signpost is a monthly newsletter sent by the u3a International Group UK to u3a members anywhere in the world with links to educational resources including History, Philosophy, Art and Poetry. Interest Group leaders will often find something of use here.
OPAN Network stands for Older People & Ageing Research & Development Network
TED is a platform for ideas that are worth spreading and sharing.
MOOCS stands for Massive Open Online Courses
View the National Museum Group Visits information sheet if your u3a is thinking of a group visit to the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.
Ty Newydd Writing Centre is the National Writing Centre of Wales specialising in residential creative writing courses.

THIRD AGE TRUST PUBLICATIONS

The Third Age Trust has lots of FREE publications on its Web Site which may be of use to your u3a including posters and publicity literature in Welsh and lots of other interesting information.

Just select u3a from the Menu Bar above, Login (you will have to create a user name and password if you haven't already got one) and then click on the Members Area Homepage and browse through the various eadings.

Ideas for Study Days

Art HistoryFolk Customs,Legends and SongsIndustrial Developments in ………
The National TrustLandscapes and PeopleWhat is your Story – Storytelling, Creative Writing, Local and Family History
PhilosophyGilbert and SullivanLife - a Celebration
London or Chester – a big city

Do you have other ideas? Then click on the link to the Web Site Editor and ask to have your idea added to the list.

Wanted

  • Have you any Ideas or Suggestions to share with other u3a members?
  • Has your u3a some Good News to tell other u3a members about?
  • Has your u3a had, or are you planning, a special Anniversary this year?
  • Has your u3a done Something Special?
  • Perhaps your members have you some good Photographs?
  • Maybe you would like a link to your Newsletter?
  • Have any Suggestions for improving the Web Site.
  • Do you have any Hints and Tips to do with running your u3a. Let’s start helping each other and sharing good practice.

Click on the link to Web Site Editor and to tell about it.

MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS

Some advice on Crime Prevention from South Wales Police