U3A (The University of the Third Age) is a UK-wide movement which brings together people in their ‘third age’ to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment. If you’re wondering what we mean by the third age - it is a time after you have finished working full-time or raising your family and have time to pursue your interests or just try something new.
U3A has a ‘university’ of members who draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other but there are no qualifications to pass – it is just for pleasure. Learning is its own reward.
It's all voluntary; a typical U3A will be home to many activity groups covering hundreds of different subjects - from art to zoology and everything in between.
Formed over 30 years ago, there are now over 1,000 U3As across the UK, with thousands of interest groups between them and more than 400,000 members nationally - plus we’re growing every day.
The U3A national body – the Third Age Trust - looks after all the U3As in the UK, providing educational and administrative support.
Haywards Heath & District U3A
The Haywards Heath & District branch of the U3A was formed back in 1991. At the original meeting, just 17 people attended to discuss the concept and put together the first Committee. The first meeting of the HHU3A was on the 29th March 1991. By January 1992 there were 122 members and 20 groups.
Today we have over 1,200 members and run some 80+ groups – some groups have survived since inception back in 1991 moving through numerous members and convenors, transformations and, in some cases, branching out into Groups 1, 2 and 3 because of increasing demand from members.
We have a very diverse selection of Groups for our members to attend which reflect current interests and these continue to evolve – two of our most recent new group concepts is An Introduction to Lace Making and our Ukulele Group!
About HH U3A Committee
Your committee of 10 currently consists of Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Plus the Membership Secretary, Groups' Co-ordinator, Venue, Equipment and Special Events, Webmaster, Speakers Secretary and Publicity Officer. We also have two ex-officio members. Per our constitution, the Committee can have up to 12 members. We are always ready to welcome anyone who thinks they may like to join the Committee. Please contact the Chairman to arrange a one-to-one chat or come along to a Committee Meeting to see what we do.