Resources and Information for Wales U3As

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
Rod Evans Newtown U3A
Sandra Ivinson Llanelli U3A
Denise Jones Bridgend U3A
Myra Poyser Porthmadog U3A
Richard Walker Brecon U3A

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:

Recommended Speakers List - now with over 50 great speakers!

Speakers List Thumb Wales Trustee Hilary Jones invites Wales U3As 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 0.9 updated February 2019) with grateful thanks to Aberystwyth, Dyfi, Flintshire, Llandrindod, Cardiff 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.

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.

New: Welsh Language P3O Poster

P3A Poster thumb A Welsh language poster is available to download and print. It has space for you to add your own information.

The poster is available in 2 versions:
- The PDF version has print margins and is suitable for printing by commercial printers. Download the P3O Poster.
- The JPEG version does not have print margins and is more suitable for use on home printers. Download the P3O Poster JPEG
Right-click on these links and choose "Save link as..." (or similar) to save the files rather than viewing them in your browser.

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.

New: Help recruiting new Committee Members

Background colour 108px square “The time has come,” your committee said,
“To talk of many things:
Of groups, and trips, and giving thanks
To leaders and such things”_

Are you having trouble encouraging members to stand for your U3A Committee? It's not an uncommon issue. But help is at hand. Download and display this Appeal to Members and watch the nominations flood in!


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
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.


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.

Places to Hold Your Meetings

Struggling for options? Click on Possible Venues for some ideas.

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.


  • 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.


Some advice on Crime Prevention from South Wales Police