University 0f 3rd Age Glasgow
The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its U3As, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!
Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.
The U3A movement is supported by its national organisation, the Third Age Trust.
The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a voluntary organisation run by older people for older people. It is run on an informal basis entirely by volunteers and provides educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.
We draw on the knowledge of our own members to provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes and abilities of our members. U3A offers the chance to study a wide range of subjects in such fields as art, languages, history, computing and photography and to participate in leisure activities like walking, table tennis, bowling and golf.
If you are interested in joining come along to one of our monthly meetings which are held at 2.00, Ballerup Hall, East Kilbride. Dates for them and our activity groups are shown on the calendar.
University 0f 3rd Age Glasgow
Thousands of retired and semi-retired people in Scotland already enjoy its events and activities.
But, incredibly, the University of the Third Age (U3A) does not currently have an active group in Glasgow.
Now that is about to change with moves to set up a U3A in the West End of Glasgow – and the first in Scotland’s biggest city.
A public launch for the new group has been set for April 25 at Partick Burgh Hall.
The U3A is a self-help, broadly educational organisation run by and for people no longer in full time employment.
Central to its ethos is the importance for people of keeping an active mind and body in a social environment.
The organisation believes such activity is an effective defence against loneliness and ill health.
Ed Link is University of Third Age (U3A) trustee for Scotland.
Ed said: “Retirement can be a lonely and depressing time. It can also be the most invigorating and rewarding of times.
“The difference is what you do, how you do it and who you choose to do it with. The great thing is the choice of what kind of retirement you have is entirely down to you.
“The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a self-help organisation where you can meet new people and do new things, maybe something that you have always wanted to do but just have not had the time.”
Ed said: “And what’s more in these days of services disappearing through cut backs or having to pay ever increasing charges, the U3A self-help model means it only costs a few pounds a year to join and participate in a huge range of interests and pastimes.”
In Scotland there are 47 local U3As from The Shetlands to the Borders with about 9,600 members. The most recent to be establish was in Ayr in the summer of last year.
There are U3As surrounding Central Glasgow but not one, as yet in the City. Local U3As are in Bearsden & Milngavie, Lenzie, East Renfrewshire, East Kilbride and Hamilton.
The very first U3A in Scotland was established in Glasgow about 35 years ago, but it folded about 12 years ago after running run out of steam.