University of the Third Age.
U3A is a response to the idea that human life is divided into three periods:
First: Childhood and schooling
Second: Child rearing and work
It is during retirement that people can put into practice the idea of a university as a community of like-minded people who seek a greater understanding of life.
The purpose of U3A is an opportunity to:
Encourage further learning by listening, understanding, contributing, researching and participating in discussion and relevant excursions. Tap the great reservoir of knowledge, skills and experience that older people have.
The two hour meeting is held on the first Tuesday morning of each month in Browns Bay. An invited speaker, expert in the field, informs, educates and entertains us. A wide range of current topics are covered & we are sometimes privy to information not yet released by the researchers to the public.
A tea break provides the opportunity for members to mix and chat.
The second part of the meeting is provided by our U3A Special Interest Groups whose presentations have been identified as being of interest for the whole membership. Attendance at the main monthly meetings is optional. Members are required to attend one or more Special Interest Groups as this is where the active learning focus of the U3A philosophy occurs and long last friendships are made.
These are small and autonomous. Currently we have over 30 and they are listed here >
Their programme is chosen and presented by group members with optional external expert opinion and direction as required. Led by a Convener, appointed by its members, each group meets regularly, each month, on a day and at a time suitable for its members. The venues are members’ homes or community centres. A typical group has ~ 15 members.
U3A Browns Bay is run by a committee, elected yearly, and a team of Convenors – one for each study group and elected by that group. Committee membership is for a maximum of four years while convenors preferably roll over every year.