Duns and District U3A – the start of an exciting second year!

Our enrolment day on 9th September was very successful, with 157 people joining up and choosing the groups they wanted to become involved in. We now have 27 groups covering 21 topics, ranging from local history to tap-dancing. But it’s never too late to join us – we’re now up to 196 members.

We are part of a UK movement of people who come together to continue their educational, social and creative interests in a friendly and informal environment. We draw upon our knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other. It’s all voluntary, run in informal activity sessions covering many different subjects. Many of our members are retired or semi-retired but there is no age limit – only an enthusiasm for learning, being involved and active.

Members of the U3A learn for pleasure so no qualifications are required and none is awarded. The groups are led by members with a special knowledge of, or interest in, the subject they lead, giving their services freely.

We also meet monthly on the third Tuesday of each month (September to June) from 10 am to 12 pm at the Volunteer Hall and have a great programme of speakers lined up. These meetings are free and you don’t need to be a U3A member to come along.

About the U3A movement

The University of the Third Age movement started in France in 1974 and spread to England in 1982 and to Scotland in 1987. There are currently more than 850 U3As in the United Kingdom, with over 290,000 individual members; There are over 40 branches in Scotland, with around 6,000 members.

The parent body of U3A is the Third Age Trust, based in Bromley, Kent. Their mission statement has the following message:

– The aim is to facilitate the growth of the U3A movement;
– To provide support for management and learning in U3As;
– To raise the profile of the U3A movement;
– To promote the benefits of learning in later life through self-help learning.