U3A plans for open day

A SELF-HELP organisation for people no longer in full time employment, providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment, plans an open day in Forfar.

U3A stands for the University of the Third Age.

It consists of local U3As all over the country, which are charities in their own right and run entirely by volunteers.

Local U3As are learning co-operatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership.

The teachers learn and the learners teach.

Between them, U3As offer the chance to study over 300 different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking.

The U3A approach to learning is learning for pleasure. There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained.

This is the 30th anniversary of the U3A in Britain and the third year since the founding of the Forfar and District U3A, which now has over fifty members.

The year 1982 saw the birth of the national organisation, and the founding of the first three local U3As.

It’s grown steadily every year since - and there are now 274,261 members in 837 local U3As.

The U3A is one of the greatest success stories of the last thirty years.

There will be an open day of the Forfar and District U3A on Saturday, June 23 in the Guide Hall, Myre Road, Forfar from 12 noon to 4 pm.

Refreshments will be available, as well as a chance to see some of the many activities that members enjoy. Entry is free.