About SU3A

What is U3A?

It is a unique and exciting self-help educational movement for people no longer in full-time work (the Third Age).  It offers the opportunity to pursue learning for sheer enjoyment and for its own sake.  U3A stands for University of the Third Age and is part of an international network.

 

Who can join Sheffield U3A?

Anyone in the Third Age can join.  There are no entry qualifications – all you need is interest and enthusiasm and the willingness to join in group activities. We have members not students. Groups are formed whenever three or more people share an interest, and a coordinator can be found.

 

Still not sure? Maybe this poem will encourage you…

 

What Sheffield U3A offers

The purpose of the U3A movement is to enrich the lives of its members, and Sheffield U3A seeks to do this through supporting over 150 groups engaged in over 50 different activities (see HERE for a full list).

 

When you join, you will receive a copy of Links, our free newsletter, published every two months (you can read the current issue here).  Four times a year you will also receive by post a free copy of U3A News, the national magazine.

 

Are there social activities?

Yes, see Social, Travel and Classical Concertgoers. We also have a monthly Drop in and monthly lectures open to all members.

 

How do groups function?

All U3A study and activity groups are led by volunteers.  If you have a skill or interest which you would like to share with others, U3A can provide the opportunity. Groups run themselves, led by a coordinator who is a member of the group.  Meetings are held in our homes or other premises as needed.

 

What is the cost?

All U3As set their own annual subscription, part of which is paid as a capitation fee to maintain our national office.  The subscription in Sheffield is £10 a year. Individual groups may make a small charge to cover administration.

 

How do I find out more?

1.Browse this website.

2.Contact the Sheffield U3A Initial Enquiries Officer,
Mrs Rita Webster-Carr,  enquiry@sheffieldu3a.org.uk

3.Come along to our monthly ‘Drop-In’, held on the first Tuesday of every month from 10 am – 12 noon at the Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk Street Sheffield (not August or New Years Day)