University of 3rd Age Derby

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University of 3rd Age Derby

University of 3rd Age Derby, 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 U3A provided me with an anchor in the bleak time after retirement”

Here you can find a U3A near you by searching using our map or by town or post code. The contact number given is usually the membership secretary of the local U3A who will be able to give details of what activities there are in your local area.

If you have difficulty getting hold of the membership secretary or cannot find a suitable U3A, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you cannot join because you are isolated either geographically, through illness or through personal commitments (e.g. carer responsibilities) there is a U3A which exists only on the internet. It is known as VIRTUAL U3A (vU3A).

The aims of the organisation are basically educational for those who are retired and wish to keep mentally and physically active. No examinations are involved and it is not competitive. Activities which are led by volunteers from the membership include watercolour painting, literature, local history, philosophy, computer studies, music appreciation, creative writing, current affairs, bowls, walking, outings and Bridge. These are supplemented by a series of general meetings with visiting speakers held at the Friends Meeting House in St Helen’s Street at four week intervals on Thursdays at 2pm.


22 Maple Drive

01332 751943