The U3A has much to offer please read on.
Are you retired or semi-retired?
Do you want to be active (socially – mentally – physically)?
Would you like to learn a new skill or study a new subject?
Would you like to join one of our many interest groups?
Would you enjoy outings to theatres, concerts and other events with a group?
Would you help to support and develop these activities?
Would you like to help other people get more out of life?
If so, the University of the Third Age is for you.
The Tavy District U3A (University of the Third Age) is part of the national network of self-help U3A groups offering people no longer in full-time employment an opportunity for life-long learning, fellowship and fun. Members share their skills and experiences in a variety of ways through meetings, social and group activities.
The University of the Third Age is an international movement whose aims are the education and stimulation of mainly retired members of the community—those in their third ‘age’ of life. It is commonly referred to as U3A.
The British U3A website says about “The Third Age” membership eligibility: “U3A membership is not related to a specific age but to a period in one’s life (the third age) after the second age of full-time employment and parental responsibility.
Anybody in their third age can join U3A and this includes people who are working part-time. There is no lower age for membership.”
The U3A Movement in Worldwide
There is no universally accepted model for the U3A. Its original conception in France as an extramural university activity was significantly modified in the United Kingdom where it was recognized that most people of retirement age have something to contribute and the emphasis has been on sharing, without formal links to traditional universities.
Many English-speaking countries have followed this geragogic model, whereas continental European countries have mostly followed the French model.