Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible to join the Crouch End and District U3A?

Anyone who is not in full time employment is eligible to join. Members are usually retired or semi-retired, although no upper or lower age criterion is applied.

How much does it cost to join the Crouch End & District U3A?

It costs less than £3.00 per month to join the Crouch End & District U3A! Membership is open for those who are retired, semi-retired or in part-time employment, although there is no age criterion. Membership is not open to those in full-time employment. Membership requires an annual subscription. This allows members to attend the monthly meetings, to join any of the interest groups and to partake in voting for executive committee members at the Annual General Meeting. The subscription does not, however, cover entrance fees required by museums, art galleries and places of interest. The annual subscription is £35.00 per annum and runs from January 1 of each calendar year. Half-year membership will also be available. Concessionary Membership £5.00 if in receipt of means tested benefits. 

How can I get advice with computer and IT issues?

We don’t have our own computer help group, because your need for help will probably be intermittent – when you’ve got a new device, when you come across a problem. But have no fear; there is help, and it’s free – a group of volunteers called Coffee and Computers. It aims to help computer beginners gain basic IT skills, in order to take advantage of the life-enhancing opportunities afforded by today’s internet opportunities. For further information, you can contact Eric Wilton by emailing, or just turn up at one of their regular sessions, usually on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 10.30am to 12 noon. First Wednesday at Cape Adventure, (85 Crouch Hill N8 9EG), Third Wednesday at Hornsey Library (Haringey Park N8 9JA).

Sessions are run on a sociable basis and begin with a group get-together, with attendees raising general topics and identifying their specific skills requirements. The group then breaks up into one-to-one small groups to work, with a volunteer, on such matters as: • sending and receiving emails • handling images • social media (Facebook, Twitter) • using a smartphone • getting & using apps • virus protection.

There is no curriculum, as attendees set their own goals and ambitions. Attendees, who have attained the level of basic skills that they have set for themselves, are encouraged to remain with the group as volunteers.

Attendees need to bring along their own IT equipment – smartphone, tablet or laptop – that they wish to learn on.

PLEASE NOTE. This is not a U3A group, and so it is not covered by U3A insurance.

How do I join a Group?

Membership of the Crouch End & District U3A entitles you to join any of the Groups offered. However, you do need to register your interest with the Convener of the Group you would like to join before you are able to participate in any of the Group’s activities. This is because normally a Group activity has limited numbers: for example the Longer Walks Group is limited to no more than 15 Group members for each walk, although the number of members of the Group as a whole is much more.

To find a Group page navigate to the menu list of Groups. Click/tap on the Group in which you are interested.

The Group page provides a description of aims and objectives, location and frequency of meetings or events.

To join the Group, complete the Contact Form and click/tap on SEND.

Your message will be sent to the Group Convener who will tell you (by email) if the Group is full or not and when places become available for any of the Group’s activities.

Why does some text in the website underlined and in a different colour?

Text that appears in this way is hyperlinked. This means that if you click/tap on this text it will take you to another page on the Crouch End & District U3A website or to an external website.

What is the difference between a Page and a Post in the website?

The Crouch End & District U3A website consists of a series of pages and posts. What is the difference between the two?

Pages contain permanent data which is edited occaionally. Examples of pages are the group pages which describe the nature of the group, general details about the location and frequency of activities, and convener.

Think of them as pages in a book

Posts (found under the heading NEW MESSAGES) contain information that may only be relevant for a short time, and are deleted when no longer of any currency. Examples of posts include updates from groups, new group alerts, and so on. The posts are added very frequently, and provide the most up-to-date information about the activities of the Crouch End & District U3A

Think of them as digital “post-it” notes

Members are able to comment on posts, but not pages.  These comments made by members do not appear on the web-site until such contributions have been moderated.