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ABOUT U3A - THE UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE

 

"A learning co-operative for people of retirement age, which enables members to share a variety of educational, creative, social and leisure activities."

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a dynamic, outward looking organisation which has a positive and creative approach to retirement.  Activities, which usually take place in the day-time, are organised mainly in small groups that meet regularly.  Members share their knowledge and experience and develop their own capabilities by learning from each other.  No qualifications are required, and none is given.  All you need is interest and enthusiasm. Between them the U3As offer over 300 subjects in such diverse fields as art, foreign languages, music, history, sciences, literature, poetry, theatre, philosophy, bird-watching and computing.  

The Third Age Trust is the governing body of U3As in UK; the findings and recommendations of its working group into the future structure of the Third Age Trust is available here.

The Thames Valley Network

The Thames Valley Network (TVN) is a network of 34 U3As in the Thames Valley area, covering cover towns in Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire. The aim is to increase communication between neighbouring U3As and encourage joint events, seminars and conferences.

The TVN has been running since 2008 and has organised a number of study days and training days for U3A members. Future events are advertised on the Thames Valley Network website at http://www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk/index.html. Any member can apply directly to join in these events via application forms that are downloadable from the website. Group Convenors may get involved in organising group participation for their members.

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