The U3A Movement
U3A is a worldwide organisation that encourages older people to keep active minds by discovering the pleasure of learning in friendly surroundings. The first U3A was established in the UK in 1982. There are now over 1,000 U3As in the UK with over 420,000 members. U3A stands for ‘University of The Third Age’.
Do not be misled by the word ‘University’ as this is not higher education. No qualifications are required or given. U3A is a social organisation where members share their knowledge and experience with each other. This is offered on a voluntary basis for a wide range of subjects. The ‘Third Age’ refers to the period where people are no longer in full-time work. Members are often retired and there is no age limit.
Forth Valley U3A
Forth Valley U3A (FVU3A for short) was set up in 2004. It is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation managed by a Board of Charity Trustees. There are over 450 members, mainly from Stirlingshire or Clackmannanshire. The main objectives are:
- advancing education, particularly of those no longer in full-time employment
- providing these people with recreational activities and leisure opportunities.
An overview of Forth Valley U3A is available online.
The Forth Valley U3A membership includes Alloa, Stirling and neighbouring towns: