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What is the U3A?

The U3A is an International organisation for retired people (3rd agers), with leisure time available to meet like-minded members, to expand their knowledge, share interests, acquire new skills, and make new friends.

Although called a University it does not concern itself with qualifications, examinations or testing. It is a place for all, a place where everyone with an interest in enjoyable lifelong learning can come together. In the UK all U3As are local and autonomous. This is it's strength, in that each local U3A can decide what it would like to do and then arrange it. All the 870 UK U3As are linked together through the Third Age Trust, and there is a national membership of over 295,000.

Each U3A is essentially a cooperative, self-help, voluntary organisation with membership open to everyone beyond full-time employment and/or parental responsibility. There is no lower age limit. The sole source of funding for each U3A is the members' subscriptions.

The ethos of the U3A is to share our knowledge and experiences, and develop our own individual capabilities by learning from other members.

Launched in France in 1972, the movement has now spread worldwide. It began in the UK in the early 1980s and has gone from strength to strength.

The objects of Glossop U3A are:

(1) to advance the education of the public and in particular the education of older people no longer in full time gainful employment in Glossop and its surrounding locality.

(2) The provision of facilities for leisure time and recreational activities with the object of improving the conditions of life for the above persons in the interests of their social welfare.

The Glossop U3A Objects are met through our wide range of Groups and visits/trips, which span cultural, social, recreational and physical activities. Most Groups have a group coordinator or organiser but a few are run on a cooperative basis. We are always looking for opportunities to open new Groups; every new member is a possible source of a new group that could enrich the experiences we can offer and we are always open to new suggestions!
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