The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its local U3A groups, life–enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together to learn together for the sheer joy of the discovery and friendship that working together can bring.
Members share their skills and life experiences – the learners teach and the teachers learn and there is no distinction between them.
The U3A movement is supported by its national organisation, The Third Age Trust. All local U3As are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers. They draw on the experience and knowledge of their membership to organise and provide interest groups.
The U3A approach to learning is – learning for pleasure. There are no exams, assessments or qualifications to be gained. We do it because we enjoy it!
A random sample of our own members say of the U3A :
“… a chance to learn and experience new things with like-minded friendly people … enjoying a wonderful social life and making new friends whilst learning in a fun environment and participating in new experiences”
“… allows me to meet old friends and to make new ones. To learn new skills. To keep the brain active.”
“… ongoing learning through different groups and activities, sharing fun, laughter and knowledge with a group of like-minded people … feeling part of a group, friendship, and happiness.”
“What does being a member of Weston Turville U3A mean to me? Good company, laughter, fun, enjoyable pursuits, learning new skills, a reason to get involved, stops me from behaving like an old person!”