Category Archives: U3A

Online National U3A Events

National U3A is delighted to offer a brand new series of online events, complementing our already established face-to-face events when they are able to restart. Registration is required for these members-only events which will be conducted via Zoom.

Friday 3 July 2020

Love or Betrayal : join the National Gallery’s Dr. Carlo Corsato and Alex Teng to explore Rubens’s Samson and Delilah. Free event.
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Thursday 23 July 2020

Discovering Children’s Literature : a virtual study morning with three experts presenting their research about the history and development of children’s literature, and the treasures held in the British Library. Free event.
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U3A Development Plan : progress report

After two years of consultation with members, the Third Age Trust announced the results of its medium term Development Plan last August. Implementation commenced in the autumn. To varying degrees, COVID-19 has obviously affected delivery since March of the plan’s four key proposals.
Work on raising the profile of the U3A movement continues, via virtual meetings, and its plans will be announced over the coming months. The Developing the Movement proposals are evolving and should not be too delayed.
Thanks to many very imaginative ideas from members, COVID-19 has resulted in some of the learning proposals being launched earlier than planned; others will be closer to the original timeline.
Plans to upgrade the Trust’s technology resources have been deferred a number of months until the Trust assesses the financial impact of the current crisis.
Members will be updated on the implementation of the development plan at regular intervals.
The U3A movement will not be immune to the impact of the current crisis. Therefore, the Trust is starting to think about its consequences and impact on our current operations and practices. The crisis has brought with it both challenges and opportunities, particularly those relating to connecting members remotely. As well as the lessons learnt by the Trust it is important, in order to reach the right conclusions, to receive the thoughts and experiences of members as well. Please send them to

Trust U3A

“Trust U3A is an online U3A community launched in April 2020 to meet the continued demand to become a member of the U3A movement while face to face contact is limited. The Third Age Trust – the national charity which supports all our U3As – has created Trust U3A to give you an opportunity to join this amazing movement and make the most of the opportunities on offer for members. We hope you will love being part of Trust U3A and that once the social distancing measures have been lifted later on you will want to join a local U3A near where you live.”
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Made it! Make it!

Scrubs for the NHS by Jenny Hill of Swansea U3A

Have you been using your time during the lockdown to start a new creative arts and crafts hobby or to dedicate to an existing interest?
We know there are thousands of interest groups continuing to be active during this time and producing some fantastic items.
Consequently, we are looking for your ideas, suggestions and pictures of what you have made while we are in this lockdown period. If you are able to direct people to resources or sources of support so that others can have a go, either on their own, or with their interest group then please do so. We will publish as many of your pictures and ideas as possible on the national U3A website.
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U3A Creative Writing competition

Are you a budding writer? A Jane Austen, JK Rowling, a John Steinbeck or a John Grisham in the making? If so, then why not enter the Third Age Trust creative writing competition. This is a UK-wide initiative to find the best short story penned by one of our members. The winning story will be published in Third Age Matters magazine, which reaches over a quarter of a million households. At least one illustration will be commissioned to accompany it.
The winner will see their story in print and will receive a framed copy of their story as it appears in the magazine, with the bespoke illustration.
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Great U3A Birdwatch

U3A members are being asked to help keep track of our garden birds. You are invited to join BirdTrack, a free online tool to record your own bird sightings and keep up to date with trends. Provided by the British Trust for Ornithology, BirdTrack is for observers to manage their own personal records and contribute data to BTO science; supporting species conservation on local, regional, national and international scales.

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aims to help, support and advise U3As to ensure that all their members can access the informal learning and the many activities in their U3As, regardless of impairment or disability.
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U3A Eye

Are you a budding photographer?
Keen to learn a new skill or simply interested in the world around you and how it appears?
U3A Eye are running a fortnightly project to encourage people to take and submit pictures of their surroundings during this unprecedented time.
We post a different theme each fortnight and invite U3A members to submit their photos on that topic.
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Craft U3A

Craft U3A is a Facebook page for members of U3A Crafting groups nationwide – even worldwide – who can share their ideas and become inspired to be creative and give helpful advice when needed.
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