Interest Groups

The Crouch End & District u3a is a co-operative venture: its members are encouraged to share their knowledge and experience by participating in and offering to lead or facilitate interest groups

How to join a group

Every group has a page on this website : the page informs members of the pattern of meetings as well as the practices and procedures of the group. These may be clarified and confirmed over time through discussion and agreement. There are no hard and fast rules. Many meet in members’ homes, others in a variety of local venues where specialist facilities are required or where space, ease of access limit the use of members’ homes. Many meet regularly, say monthly, at the same place and time, although some groups are project based and run for only a fixed period
❑ To join a group complete the online application form on the page of the group in which you are interested. The group page provides a description of aims and objectives, location and frequency of meetings or events

❑ The application form requires your name, email address, and membership number, and a message. Your application will be sent to the convener of the group, who will reply to your request with more specific details about the group and its programme, as well as the availability of places

❑ Some of the groups are very popular and may well be full. If you apply to join a group that is full the Group Convener will add your name to the group’s waiting or reserve list if one is maintained
❑ You will be required to show proof of membership when you attend a group activity for the first time

❑ Where a group meeting is held in someone’s home and the host provides refreshment, it is u3a convention to offer the host a small contribution to the cost. The current u3a recommendation is 50p


Group meetings and events held at local and other venues such as exhibition galleries are generally accessible to people with limited mobility and wheelchair users. However, many groups do meet in conveners’ homes, where access may be difficult. If you have hearing, mobility, vision, or other accessibility issues, please check first with the group convener to ascertain how suitable the home for those with mobility issues. You can do this by completing the contact form on the Group’s page on this website

New groups

We are always keen to offer new groups. So, if you have a particular interest or passion that you would like to share with other members, why not consider starting a group, by contacting, in the first instance, our Groups Co-ordinator (email : Guidance on how to set up and manage a group is provided in the Handbook for conveners