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posterResearch Ambassador

Trustee Jean Hogg is hoping that someone in the East Midlands would be interested in being a Research Ambassador, working with others to support small - or large! - research projects in U3As across the East Midlands. There is a lot going on out there and it would be great to have someone who could spread the word.  Follow this link to read the Research Ambassador Role Description, and there is also information on the national website, under Resources/Research.  Please do contact Jean at jean.hogg@u3a.org.uk  with queries or if you are interested in any way.

Regional Conference 2020 and U3A Day 2020

More information on the East Midlands Regional Conference 2020 - Making a Difference' to be held on Tuesday 21st April is now available, click here or on the image to read or print the poster.
National ​U3A Day 2020 is June 3rd. Have you started to plan for this?  We want it to be an exciting and interesting day. More information on the national website https://u3a.org.uk/u3a-day.   Please join the Facebook page and see what others are doing and share you ideas. 

Woodhall Spa 10 Year Celebrations

Woodhall Spa
Woodhall Spa U3A's 10th anniversary celebrations were held on Thursday 7th November at The Coronation  Hall, Station Road, Woodhall Spa with 117 members and 4 guests attending.
Following a brief speech by the Chairman Les Wylde and the cutting of the anniversary cakes, the members enjoyed refreshments consisting of a choice of cake (death by chocolate, red velvet, lemon drizzle or gluten free lemon cake) and a glass of Prosecco or fruit juice, tea or coffee.

Members were able to socialise and enjoy the displays of activities put on by some of groups over the last 10 years, Military History, French, Ancestry, Quilting, Outings and the art group to name but a few. Photographs of the event are available to view on Flickr, click here.

A good time was had by all and the cake and Prosecco went down a treat!

About the Region

Recent  website additions

Dec 2019 - News - Research Ambassador and Conference 2020 poster added..
Nov 2019 -
News - Woodhall Spa 10 year celebrations added.
Oct 2019 - News - Wellingborough, Brackley and Whitwick photos added.
Sep 2019 - News - Autumn 2019 Newsletter 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 National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Third Age Trust.  The Regional Trustee provides a means of communication to the NEC.  
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 is a “university” of 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.