What is U3A?
U3A (University of the Third Age) is a worldwide self-help, non-profit, adult learning for pleasure movement that began in France in 1971 and has since spread to many countries.
Who can attend?
Anyone who wishes to keep their mind active and is interested in learning for pleasure. Most members are 50 years plus. There are no formal qualifications needed or examinations.
What form does U3A take?
Most of our activities are held at the North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre, Meehan Drive, Kiama Downs.
We hold talks on various subjects given by guest speakers and members of the community on Monday afternoons from 2.00p.m. to 4.00 p.m. covering a wide range of interesting subjects.
About our Courses:
These vary each school term and cover a diverse range of subjects such as History, Music, Tai Chi, Tap Dancing, Sciences and Travel to name just a few.
Updates of our courses and Monday talks are found on the Courses and Talks pages of this website.
Does U3A offer other activities?
Yes, once a term, we have an excursion to a place of interest, and, some terms we offer other varied activities such as game afternoons, a walking/swimming group and movies.
Visit our Membership 2022 page to find out about or programs and cost of joining and enrolment.
We publish a newsletter, free of charge to members, at least 4 times per year, it’s main purpose is to inform members of activities.
WHAT DOES ‘NON-POLITICAL AND NON-SECTARIAN’ MEAN FOR U3A’s
Put simply it means that U3A is not aligned with any political party or organisation, or religious group. Of course U3A must be free to discuss particular issues of the day, or run courses such as Comparative Religion, the historical Jesus or Understanding Islam, Such courses do not espouse any particular viewpoint.
It is also appropriate for U3As to invite local Councillors and MPs, many of whom actively support U3As in their electorates, to U3A functions, but not during election campaigns, and not to campaign for those representatives.
U3A also has the right to be critical of government policy if it adversely affects us and to encourage or lobby all political parties to promote good policies for older people and their wellbeing.
Extract from Network U3A newsletter ‘Newslink’ May 2015
How to contact us:
The best way is to contact one of the Committee or by
Kiama U3A inc. PO Box 130 , Kiama, 2533, New South Wales