U3A Network NSW Inc.

Supporting our Members for 30 years

Welcome to our website

We trust it will assist those who are:
  • from an affiliated U3A group,
  • current or prospective members of a U3A group,
  • wishing to locate a U3A group, or
  • simply inquisitive.

CORONAVIRUS

COVID-19 remain an issue in the news into 2022 with Omicron and its variants it remains a concern with many unknowns.

Our Coronavirus News page has some helpful information and links.

About the Network

The U3A Network NSW Inc consists of over 60 autonomous U3As throughout NSW and several more groups from interstate, who are dedicated to providing life-long learning opportunities for their members in their 'third age', “The Age of Retirement”. Retirees, using the skills and interests gained during their working years either participate and/or present for the sheer pleasure of affordable “learning for fun”, engaging in physical activities and the resultant social benefits from meeting like-minded people.

The primary object of the U3A Network NSW Inc. is to assist the U3A Network Members by providing advice and relevant services to them and to encourage their involvement in the wider community, while recognising their autonomy.

Through Regional Representatives, U3A Network NSW encourages and facilitates cooperation and networking between Member U3As and shares experiences and benefits for all affiliated members.

By participating with other Australian State Networks, the NSW Network keeps in touch with Australia-wide U3A developments to ensure that Members of U3A Network NSW are made aware of initiatives that can benefit them.

17 March 2022

Message to U3A Network Members

I have purposely not published messages to Network Members since  late last year.

I thought you have had enough to handle with the confusion over COVID-19 and the efforts needed to commence activities for Term 1 of this year.

Now that it appears that some of the confusion is over, U3As may be able to concentrate again on delivering those activities expected of us.

Across NSW numbers are down, both for volunteers and participants in our programs, but the signs are positive for a gradual return to pre-COVID-19 times.

Since November your Network Committee has been busy with two SGMs being necessary. The first was to seek approval for the 2022 membership fees and the second to complete the Census of Members and Associate Members (non NSW U3As).  Despite some difficulties experienced, the finalisation of Public Liability’s Compliance Certificates was a couple of days late. Your Committee plans to commence the process earlier in the future to avoid this situation occurring again.

As you probably know, the 2022 Conference planned for Orange in April, has been cancelled.

Your Regional Representatives have organised Cluster Regional Meetings in April to substitute for the conference and for Member U3As to participate by Zoom in an opportunity to engage with your Network Committee. By now your invitations may have been received. By arranging members from other regions in these meetings, the opportunity to spread the information net is enhanced and we hope that you and we will both benefit from and enjoy the meetings.

I recently read a paper detailing the benefits derived by retirees from their involvement in U3As.

Retirees who participate in administration, teaching/presenting, learning for sheer enjoyment and the many physical and socialising activities, derive a multitude of advantages from their involvement in U3A. Our army of Volunteers should be very proud of the contribution they make to the well-being of so many active mature adults during The Third Age.

I look forward very much to meeting as many of you as possible by Zoom in April.  

Denis Simond
President
U3A Network Inc.
Email: u3answ.pres@gmail.com