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East Midlands u3as Regional Link Zoom Meetings

These meetings of network representatives are held to consider topics which East Midlands u3a networks and neighbourhood groups have in common
and can be shared on a wider basis across the region.  

The November 2021 meeting included items on the proposed National Network Newsletter, future plans for an East Midlands Conference, East Midlands training events, Technical Advice such as setting up hybrid meetings, and National Shared Learning Projects.   More information in the notes on the meeting: Notes on the Regional Link Zoom Meeting 15 November 2021.

East Midlands Trustee Newsletter September 2021

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East Midlands Regional Conference 2021

The East Midlands Regional Conference - Making a Difference' was held on Wednesay 29th September 2021.at the Eastwood Hall Conference Centre in Eastwood, Nottingham.  

This was the first East Midlands Conference for over five years. We were fortunate to be able to hear both the national Chair and Vice Chair speak, and have received many very appreciative comments.  We hope that the enthusiasm and ideas generated will continue to spread around the region.

To view photographs taken during the conference follow this link: photographs.

To view or print the timetable follow this link: timetable

About the Region

Recent  website additions

Nov 2021 - News, Events - East Midlands u3as Regional Link Meeting Nov 2021 added
Oct 2021 - News - East Midlands Trustee September 2021 Newsletter, added
Jul 2021 - News - East Midlands Conference 2021 information added
U3As are organised into Regions in England, and into countries for Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.  The East Midlands Region comprises the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnsmaphire, Northamptonshire, and Nottinghamshire.

The Region has two fundamental purposes:

1. To enable u3as to work together to help them meet their objectives (learning, recreation and companionship) – by cooperative activities usually involving discussion and sharing of experiences.
Read about  Shared Learning and Research Projects under the Region tab.

2. To ensure u3as have the opportunities to propose and vote for their representative on the board of the Third Age Trust.  The Regional Trustee provides a means of communication to the board.  
Read about the role of Regional Trustee under the Region tab.

Because of its geographical size the Region has divided itself into five County Networks of u3as (with Leicestershire and Rutland operating as one).   Find out more about the u3as and their Networks under the U3As and Networks tabs. 

You might like to have a look at the websites for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire Networks to see what they do and their latest news.

The Region and Networks are about u3as (and their members) doing things together. 

About the u3a

In the UK the u3a is a movement which provides opportunities for retired and semi-retired people to participate in learning activities both educational and recreational.  It also provides companionship.   There are over 1000 u3as in the UK with over 365,000 members and each, under the umbrella of the Third Age Trust, is independently operated. The range of activities in each one is up to the members to decide and provide.

u3as provide a wonderful opportunity for retired and semi-retired people to enrich their lives by learning new skills and developing new interests. To Learn Laugh and Live is the aim of all members. Each u3a comprises people who come together to share and pursue learning in all its forms.   It is also a member of The Third Age Trust (TAT), which is the national support and advisory body and to whose aims and guiding principles every u3a member adheres.

To learn more  about the TAT aims and guiding principles follow this link to the TAT website- Vision and Mission.