u3a offers a rewarding lifestyle change through learning

u3a offers a rewarding lifestyle change through learning

u3a offers a rewarding lifestyle change through learning – It is amazing to learn that even after it was founded 42 years ago, many people have not heard of u3a  (University of the Third Age) or know exactly what it is.  But through u3a over 400,000 people are exploring new experiences and continually learning – positive ageing in action!

u3a offers a rewarding lifestyle change through learningThe u3a movement encourages those who now have more time on their hands, to come together and enjoy a whole host of subjects, skills, and activities. There is plenty of opportunity to find a u3a in every region, and the number of members is growing every day.

Local u3a’s offer a wide range of interest groups chosen and run by the members. These vary from different locations, with a diverse and eclectic range including music groups, sports, and art. In addition, members can access online talks and workshops. Most of these opportunities are presented by members themselves, sharing their knowledge or skills with others across the movement. There is also a wide range of talks on offer from well-known speakers and organisations.

Why not read what members themselves have to say below?

Marlene Jones, “My daughter says I’m in the best fitness of my life. I can keep up with her most of the time. That is down to the u3a.”
“As well as the physical benefits, there are the social benefits. I’ve made lots of friends and we meet outside of netball for coffee and Christmas meals. It’s great fun, there’s plenty of camaraderie and we have a real laugh. They are a great bunch of ladies.”

Mac McKechnie, “I would be lost without u3a”
In 2018, I was struck down with Sepsis, and spent some time in hospital, and came out a different and weakened person. Fortunately, u3a was there still, and I had to adapt my lifestyle a bit as my mobility suffered slightly. This did lead to me creating and getting u3a Walking Cricket going as a sport, which has rolled out across Yorkshire.

Lindsay Hewitt, “It’s helped my painting enormously and it’s so engaging”
I started painting in my garden during lockdown. It was a beautiful spring, so I was able to spend lots of time outside doing something that I loved. It was around this time that I joined the u3a. I’d heard about the national u3a Scotland painting competition and entered my triptych piece, My Covid Garden – and I won! I was delighted.”

Here are some advantages of joining U3A:

Lifelong Learning: u3a provides opportunities for seniors to engage in continued education and learning in a wide range of subjects. Members can explore new interests, develop new skills, and expand their knowledge in a supportive and stimulating environment.

Social Interaction: Here you have a platform for seniors to connect with like-minded individuals who share similar interests. It provides a sense of community and belonging, reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness often experienced in retirement.

Varied Activities: Offering a diverse range of activities, including academic courses, discussion groups, physical activities, arts and crafts, and social events. The u3a variety ensures that there’s something for everyone, catering to different interests and preferences.

Flexibility and Freedom: Members have the flexibility to choose the activities and courses that interest them, allowing for a customised and personalised learning experience. There are no strict academic requirements or exams, giving members the freedom to explore subjects at their own pace.

Physical and Mental Well-being: Engaging in regular social activities and intellectual stimulation can have positive effects on both physical and mental health. U3a promotes overall well-being by encouraging members to stay active, mentally alert, and socially connected.

Personal Growth and Fulfilment: Whether members are pursuing long-held passions or exploring new interests, you will find a supportive environment where individuals can continue to grow and thrive.

If you are interested in joining the u3a, simply log on to their website at www.u3a.org.uk to see what groups are in your area or email info@u3a.org.uk

Poppy Watt

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