Port Stephens U3A

Third age learning … by the sea


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Welcome to Port Stephens Third Age Learning!

Enjoy the company of like-minded people and the opportunity to make new friends who are interested in a pleasant, sociable and learning environment. The emphasis is on lifelong learning – and keeping those grey cells busy!

What is U3A?

U3A is short for the University of the Third Age where people who have retired (or semi-retired) meet to pursue their interests. It started in 1973 when Toulouse University, France ran courses for retirees leading to the formation of U3A. The concept spread rapidly across Europe and America. U3A underwent a change in Great Britain and it was this model which finally reached our shores in 1984 starting in Melbourne.

No qualifications are required to join and no essays, exams or awards are given. All organisations are run by volunteers who tap the great reservoir of knowledge, skills and talents found among the U3A members.

Port Stephens U3A was founded by a group of enthusiasts in 1995 who declared “just because you’ve stopped earning, doesn’t mean you have to stop learning!”   Now, 23 years later, that small group has blossomed to over 240 members who enjoy pursuing a variety of interests both old and new.

Want to know more?

Please have a look at our web pages [click on the topics on the right] detailing our program and the membership form. For any further information please feel free to contact the secretary at the link below.

Or come along to our CUPPA & CHAT at 2.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month (except January), at the Tomaree Community Centre, Salamander Bay.

For more information about Port Stephens U3A click to contact the Secretary

Bastille Day 2018 – Vive La France!

Bastille Day 2018 revellers

Hunter Valley winetasting trip 31Aug16 Wildflower walk 01Sep16

banner photo: David Lewis