Welcome to Worcester Area Group (U3A)
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Worcester U3A (Charity No. 702588) is part of an international movement of retired and semi-retired people who share their lifetime experience and knowledge in a variety of educational, creative and leisure activities. A list of the Groups for 2019/2020 can be viewed on the Group List page.
We are a self-help, self-managed learning co-operative and have just over 1000 members (September 2017) contributing to 90 different Interest Groups. No qualifications are necessary and none are awarded, the accent is on fun.
There are many ways to help – co-ordinating an interest group, volunteering for the committee, organising a talk or visit, preparing refreshments, being a ‘new member’ buddy to name but a few. We ask all members to consider how they, personally, can contribute to Worcester U3A – not necessarily as soon as they join, but over time.
When do we meet?
Our 'season' runs from mid-September to the following April or May with a few groups carrying on through the summer. Most Interest Groups meet fortnightly. We also have a fortnightly Main Meeting, September to May, open to all members, with visiting speakers and a chance to meet other members socially. However, due to the pandemic we will be holding main meetings once a month, and they will be via Zoom.
Where do we meet?
Main meetings are held at the Green Centre, Dines Green, or St. Peters Baptist Church, WR5. Interest Groups use a variety of Worcester venues, including Church Halls, Community Centres, libraries and members’ own houses.
What does it cost? These figures apply to 2019/2020. Subs for 2020/2021 have yet to be decided by the Committee.
(The subscription rates below reflect the current situation and may be subject to change depending on government guidelines.)
1/For existing members there is nothing to pay until 31st December.
2/People who joined for the summer will also have their subscription extended until 31st December.
3/People who wish to join as new members will pay £8 until 31st December.
The membership fee entitles you to join as many interest groups as you wish providing there are spaces.
Meetings are free though many groups will require a small contribution to running costs – refreshments, materials, sheet music etc.
Non-members may attend one as a 'taster' whether a Main Meeting or an Interest Group but you must join the U3A before attending any more. Please contact the Membership Secretary or Chairman to enquire about attending a main meeting, and the Groups Coordinator and/or Assistant Coordinator about attending a Group meeting. (See Contacts Page)
What else do members get?
Members get copies of our local newsletter, as well as Third Age Matters, our National magazine; invitations to a number of trips, visits and lunches; and the chance to join one group in a neighbouring U3A, via our reciprocal agreements.
How do I join?
Click on the Join/Renew page for more information and to download and print a Membership application form. If you are unable to print the form, contact the Membership Secretary, via the CONTACTS section of our website, to be sent an application form.
- For Members: Topical items in and outside U3A, more confidential information, committee contact details etc.
- Group List: full details of groups on the programme for 2019-2020.
- Group News: news of new and proposed groups.
- Events, forthcoming activities, access to on-line U3A resources and local information.
Here are links to the web sites of some sister U3As in the area. The U3As are all members of one or more local clusters; Worcestershire County network; Hereford Cluster and Cotswold Link. We enjoy reciprocal rights to attend one Group of a U3A which belongs to any of these clusters.
Bishops Cleeve, Bourton & District; Bromsgrove; Bromyard; Cam, Dursley & District; Cheltenham, Churchdown, Cirencester, Droitwich, Evesham; Fairford; Gloucester; Ledbury; Leominster; Malvern; Newent & District; North Cotswold; Northleach; Pershore, Ross on Wye, Stroud; Tewkesbury, Thornbury, Winchcombe.
We are also part of the West Midland Region.
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