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The University of The Third Age (U3A) is a registered charity that exists under The Third Age Trust, to promote the well-being of older people who are retired or no longer in full-time paid employment.

Originally founded in Toulouse, France in 1972 as the Université du Troiseme Age, under the leadership of Pierre Vellas, U3A activities have spread far and wide and branches are now to be found throughout the world. Here in Carrick, where our membership of U3A Carrick is around 900 members, and still growing, we take our name from the nearby Carrick Roads, a large inland river estuary and natural harbour in Cornwall, between Falmouth and St Mawes.

The Aims of the Third Age Trust:

1. To encourageand enable older people no longer in full-time paid employment to help each other to share their knowledge, skills, interests and experience.

2. To demonstrate the benefits and enjoyment to be gained and the new horizons to be discovered in learning throughout life.

3. To celebrate the capabilities and potential of older people and their value to society.

4. To make Universities of the Third Age (U3As) accessible to all older people.

5. To encourage the establishment of U3As in every part of the country where conditions are suitable and to support and collaborate with them.

The Objectives of the Third Age Trust are to:

1. Provide national support to the Universities of the Third Age in the UK.

2. Provide support and advice to potential new member U3As and seek to start new groups in areas where the U3A movement is under-represented.

3. Raise the profile of the movement both nationally and internationally.

Third Age Trust on the web:

National Office have re-designed their National U3A website www.u3a.org.uk with a much expanded Members' Section. Please consider signing up and registering yourself onto this amazing new members' site, which is only available to registered members.

It's easy and totally free, but opens up a wide range of features available only after you have established a log-on and password for your name! Click on this link to open up a demonstration front page for their new site and check out the various offerings here!

Resource Centre:

Whilst you are logged into the Members' section, a further link allows Group Leaders to sign up to the U3A Resource Centre, with its extensive catalogue of materials, available on loan to support group activities. They have an online catalogue which may be consulted, once you are registered, from which items may be selected and reserved.

Sue Radford runs this very efficient and helful at the Third Age Trust offices in Bromley, Kent. They hold an extensive list of DVDs, CDs, videos and slides that may be lent out to Group Leaders in individual U3As. These include such subjects as Philosophy, History, Science, Gardening and Music. U3A Carrick has used these resouces to good effect over past months. Contact Sue to request a list from the Third Age Trust. Materials arrive by post and may be used for three weeks. The only expense is the cost of return postage.

Click here to find out more about the Members' Pages on the Third Age Trust web-site:

Online access via www.u3a.org.uk/the-resource-centre or by telephone to: (020) 8315 0199.




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