Welcome to Ware U3A


The U3A Movement

U3A stands for the University of the Third Age, which is a self-help organisation, started over 30 years ago for people no longer in full time employment, providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. It consists of local U3As all over the UK, which are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers. Local U3As are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. The teachers learn and the learners teach. Between them U3As offer the chance to study over 300 different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking. A typical U3A has about 250 members but could be as small as 12 and as large as 2000. The U3A approach to learning is – learning for pleasure.

The movement is supported by an organisation called the Third Age Trust (TAT), which coordinates our activities at the national level and provides support through guidance and insurance to cover our local activities; a small part of your subscription goes to support them. From time to time, you may also receive a copy of their magazine, Third Age Matters, which highlights news from around the U3As. 

The U3A is growing rapidly with over 300,000 members in 900+ individual U3As like ours, spread across the length and breadth of the country.

For more information on the National U3A organisation click on the following link: http://www.u3a.org.uk/


Ware U3A was launched in September 2008 and now has over 900 members. We have a monthly meeting on the second Wednesday of the month held at Wodson Park Sports Centre (upstairs in the Wadesmill Suite). Please see the Events page for further details. If you, or someone you know, is unable to get to Wodson Park due to mobility problems, please email us on sec.wareu3a@gmail.com