u3a - u3a Networks

Networks are informal groupings of u3as usually local to each other. Representatives from each u3a meet to share ideas, events, speakers, training sessions, discuss issues and support each other.

Networks are vital links in the communication chain across the organisation and are greatly valued by the Trust.

See below for answers to your questions about Networks and Network Link.

Scroll down for ideas and information about Peer Support Groups and Networks. 

Peer Support Groups and Networks

A Peer Group is defined as a grouping of members holding a similar committee or other responsibilities within their u3a. (e.g. a ‘Treasurers’ peer group). A Peer Group Network would enable members of a regional Peer Group to engage in mutual support by solving shared problems, describing best practice, exchanging ideas for new developments, etc. The members could be current post-holders but could also be past or prospective postholders or an ordinary u3a member – wherever the interest or competency lies.

Peer Support Shared Practice Guide - ideas compiled from various networks by Derek Harwood of London Region. We hope you find them useful.

Current Networks

East Midlands 

Derbyshire u3a Network
East Lincolnshire Neighbourhood
Leicestershire and Rutland Network of u3as
Lincoln Neighbourhood Group
Northamptonshire Network of u3as
Nottinghamshire Network of u3as
South Lincolnshire Neighbourhood Group

 East of England

Anglia Network
Beds Plus u3a Network
East Herts Cluster Group
Essex Association of u3as
Herts Network of u3as
Maldon Cluster
North East Essex Cluster
North East Norfolk
Suffolk and District
Wash and Fenland Forum
South West Herts Cluster Group 


BOB (Bromley, Orpington and Beckenham)
Greater London South East Network
London Region of u3as
South West London Network 

 North East

Border Link
Northumbria Business Secretaries
Northumbria Group Co-ordinators
Northumbria IT Network
Northumbria Membership Secretaries
Northumbria Region u3a
North Northumberland Network (NNN)
SE Northumbria u3a Chair’s Network
Northumbria Treasurers
Tyne Valley Network

North West

Clitheroe Cluster
Deeside and Wirral u3as
Greater Manchester u3a Network
LM Network
Mid Cheshire Network
North East Cheshire Network
North Cumbria
Pennine Link
South East Cheshire Network

The Bay

Northern Ireland

Greater Belfast and North Down
Northern Ireland Region


Central Belt
u3a in Scotland

South East

Beds Plus u3a Network
Kent u3a Network
NE Hants & SW Surrey
New Forest u3a Network
Southampton & District u3a Network
Hampshire South Central
Sussex u3a Network (SUN)
Surrey u3a Network
Thames Valley u3a Network
West Sussex

South West

Avalon Network
Bath & Wiltshire
Channel Islands
Cotswold u3a Link
Devon Link
East Devon Link/Network
East Dorset Network
Mid Cornwall
North Devon u3a Link
Northern Somerset Association of u3a's
Tamar Valley
Two Moors
West Cornwall
West Dorset
West Somerset Partnership


Mid Wales Network
North Wales Network
South Wales Network
West Wales Network

West Midlands

Cotswold u3a Link
Coventry & Warwick
East Staffordshire Link
Mid-Staffordshire Neighbourhood Link
Shropshire Area u3as
Solihull Cluster
Stratford 5

Yorkshire & the Humber

Humber Accord