Why the Third Age & U3A

Shakespeare defined seven ages of man, but the U3A has whittled these down to three. Briefly they are as follows:

The First Age.

This is when we have to rely upon others for our well being and nurture.

The Second Age.

We now have responsibilities to others and have to spend most of our time earning a living or supporting those that do.

The Third Age.

Now these commitments are behind us and we have the time to pursue other interests and to learn new skills. We can also if we wish devote time to passing on those skills that we have acquired to others.

The U3A is a self help organisation and we look to members to share their knowledge. Members meet in-groups to share their particular interests. We do not have any paid tutors. Group leaders are members who volunteer to co-ordinate groups in subjects of their choice. Members are not students and qualifications are neither required nor given.

Membership is available to those not in full time employment.

See a flow chart of all Third Age Trust services at TAT Services