Welcome to Kempsey Macleay Valley U3A Incorporated
U3A or University of the Third Age is a concept which developed in Europe and has rapidly spread to other countries, reaching Australia in 1984.
It's purpose, is to offer older people an opportunity to use their leisure time to learn and teach together. Today there are U3A groups in most cities and towns in Australia.
Kempsey Macleay Valley U3A started at the beginning of 2003 with the aim to offer a wide range of learning opportunities at an affordable cost.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does U3A Operate?
U3A is a self help group built on the idea that older people collectively, have the skill and knowledge to provide learning opportunities for themselves. Class Leaders are mostly drawn from the members, although use is made of community volunteers where they are available.
There is no distinction between student and class leader, members often being a class leader in one group and a student in another.
What qualifications do I need?
There are no formal requirements, just the desire to learn something new. Membership is open to all people of mature age. There are no exams or awards.
How long are terms and courses?
There are 4 terms per year, each from 6 to 8 weeks in length, Most courses are conducted in two hour sessions, held weekly. Some courses are spread over several terms, others one or part of one term. Occasionally there are one day or weekend courses.
The range of courses in U3A has no limits. The Kempsey Macleay Valley U3A Inc course list is developed from the ideas of our members.
If you have a particular expertise you would like to share with others, we'd love to hear from you. Volunteer class leaders are always welcome.
Where are courses held?
The organisation utilises a number of community halls in the area. Details of courses, venues and times are published in the quarterly newsletter
How much does it cost?
As all teaching and administration is done voluntarily U3A costs very little. The annual fee of $30 per year ($50 for couples) entitles members to enjoy as many courses per year as they wish. Most courses have a nominal cost of $5 per term.
How do I join U3A?
Click here to go to our membership page and choose your method of joining.
Page updated 19-01-2017