On Wednesday 2 June, the u3a movement will be celebrating all that it stands for and raising awareness with its first-ever National u3a Day. 

It is part of Volunteer Week and an opportunity to celebrate and highlight its activities, contribution to the local community and the innovative ways members have responded to lockdown restrictions.

Sue Stokes, u3a Day Coordinator said: “We are so excited that from now on, every year, there will be a day dedicated to learning, staying active and having fun in your Third Age, that’s people who are retired, semi-retired or no longer bringing up a family.

“We hope this day will help to challenge negative perceptions of older adults and will bring together all Third Agers in the community to learn about the contribution u3a makes to the quality of life for retired people. Even during the pandemic, u3as have kept in touch with members on various platforms and enabled them to safely continue to learn, be active and have fun.”

Founded in 1982, u3a is a UK-wide movement of locally run interest groups. There are over 1,000 u3as with over 450,000 members and it is open to everyone who is no longer in full-time work.

Of the 160+ different interest groups in u3a East Suffolk, many have gone online and members are continuing to learn about and discuss the arts, history, science, foreign language and many other topics. 

If you are interested in joining u3a locally, then please visit the website or call the membership secretary on 0300 123 3913.