Do you feel a need to stretch your mind or body?
Whatever your reason, the U3A in Dumfries can help.
Learning in our small study groups is informal. Groups may be led by a member, or members may take turns to lead. WHO TEACHES? Whoever has the knowledge, skills, experience and expertise. There are no entry qualifications, no exams, no professors or students. It is a sharing experience between members who want to learn. WHERE DO INTEREST GROUPS MEET? Study groups–usually in members’ homes during the day. Some activities, like walking or art, take place at other venues.
A small selection of images supplied by members.
The University of the Third Age is a unique self-help learning movement for people no longer in full time employment, and offers an opportunity for older people to pursue shared interests in many subjects within a sociable environment. It aims to encourage ‘third agers’ to engage in educational, creative and leisure activities at minimal cost by making use of the skills and knowledge of its members.
A university in the original sense of the word, the U3A is a collective of people devoted to learning, with members not students, and all of whom are in their Third Age.
The movement started in France in 1974 and spread to England in 1982 and to Scotland in 1987. There are currently more than 850 U3As in the United Kingdom, with over 290,000 individual members; There are over 40 branches in Scotland, with around 6,000 members.
Dumfries U3A was founded in September 1993 and is one of the oldest U3As in Scotland. It celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2013. The organisation has just under 300 members, with 26 interest groups in subjects as diverse as history and philosophy, French, art, crafts, photography, gardening, rambling and many more. Members of the U3A learn for pleasure – so no qualifications are required and none are awarded.
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