U3A interest/activity groups depend on mutual support and the sharing of knowledge. They are formed by members with a common interest suggesting a topic The group then arrange an initial meeting, discussing together what and how they wish to learn, and then deciding on the means to achieve their aims. All our groups are covered by the Insurance Cover Note provided by the Third Age Trust and a copy can be found in the Links section on this page.
One of U3A's guiding principles is that learning must be primarily for fun and enjoyment. There are no examinations or qualifications.
Within our U3A, members share their knowledge, skills, experience and enthusiasm - to teach themselves and each other without any need for paid teachers. Group members are both learners and teachers. You will find details of all our current groups below. However, we are always open to suggestions for new groups, especially from members who feel they can help with the running of a group covering their particular skills and interests. Please contact our Groups Coordinator, Rosemary Middlemiss via the Contact page.
Rosemary is also the person to contact if you would like to set up a new group. If it is in a similar (or indeed the same!) interest area to a current but fully subscribed group, we can help you contact the experienced lead contact to show you how easy it is to get going, and to offer advice and tips too. We operate a waiting list via Rosemary and can help you meet up when we have sufficient new interest.
There is a network of over 70 national subject advisers, whose role is to provide advice on both the setting up of a group in their particular specialty and the sustainability of ones already in existence, which may benefit from new ideas or a different approach