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U3A unveils development plan at its National Conference/AGM

A new development plan, taking the U3A movement in a fresh direction, will be approved at their annual Conference/AGM this week.

The exciting new plan – established in consultation with the more than 400,000 UK-wide members over the last couple of years – aims to position the movement to grow and adapt to change, making it robust for the future.

Ian McCannah, Chair of the Third Age Trust, the national charity which supports the more than 1,000 U3As across the country said, “The Trust is looking forward to putting forward recommendations from this medium term Development Plan before our members.

“This is an exciting time for the movement, now in its 35th year, as we strategically move in a fresh direction. The plan has three key strands: Developing the Movement, supporting the Learning offered by U3As and finally Raising the Profile of the movement. These recommendations will be presented to delegates at the Trust's Conference and then made available to the wider movement.

The number of people in their third age, defined as retired, semi-retired or no longer bringing up a family, account for around 20% of the population (2016 Figures ONS) and it is growing all the time. Ways of continuing to learn and stay active are increasingly in demand by retirees.

Live Streaming

On Thursday 29 August, the Third Age Trust AGM will take place and the day will be filmed and streamed. So even if you couldn’t join us in Nottingham, you can watch us from where you are. Just click the streaming link on U3A website or on our social media channels.