What is U3A?
The word U3A is derived from "University of the Third Age". The movement
began in France in the mid-1970s, has now spread to many countries and
has hundreds of thousands of members throughout the world. U3A is a
response to the idea that human life is divided into three periods:
firstly, childhood and schooling, secondly, child rearing and work and
The Third Age is seen as an important opportunity for listening,
learning and understanding.
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. U3A members help each other in their learning
groups and form strong and meaningful relationships with a sense of
community, social well-being, fellowship and belonging.
Unique characteristics of U3A.
- U3A taps the great reservoir of knowledge, skills and experience
of older people.
- A range of subjects is decided upon from time to time and any
member may suggest a new study group.
- The learning topics are selected and planned by members.
- A Convenor for the discussion and study group is appointed by each
- There are no compulsory activities.
- There are no examinations.
- Costs are minimal to suit everyone.
- Meetings are held during the daytime.
- An annual lunch takes place in the winter and is the main social
function of the year.
- Individual groups arrange visits to places of interest.
New Members are
At U3A Warkworth you will meet familiar faces plus a new group of
friendly people with similar interests. If you have just moved to
the area, or recently retired and are looking for new horizons, this
is a pleasant and stimulating way to extend your circle of friends