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Our first u3a Day 

The very first national u3a Day – celebrating the learning, activity and fun that happens every day in u3as across the UK – took place on 2 June 2021. It was an opportunity to celebrate our activities, our contribution to the local community, the innovative ways members had responded to the restrictions under lockdown and to share plans about the future delivery of our u3a programme. It’s exciting to know that from now on, every year, there will be a day dedicated to learning, staying active and having fun by people who no longer work full time. We believe this day can help to challenge negative perceptions of older adults and bring together everyone in the community to learn about the contribution u3a makes to the quality of life for older people. 

u3a Day dates for 2022 and beyond 

Michaela Moody, now coordinator of the day, said: "The Board has responded to members' feedback and has extended our u3a Day celebrations to cover 10 days. It will fall every year in the third week of September and u3a Day will be celebrated on the Wednesday - which next year is 21 September – or on a day which each u3a finds most appropriate. Some u3a members live in areas where shops still have half day closing, not the best day on which to celebrate u3a Day!  

The dates for celebrating u3a Day for the next five years are:  

  • 17-25 September 2022  
  • 16-24 September 2023  
  • 21-29 September 2024  
  • 20-28 September 2025   
  • 19-27 September 2026 

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If you want to find out more about organising u3a Day, and what other u3as are planning, please visit our FAQs page or join the closed (u3a members only) Facebook group. Visit the u3a Day Toolkit page for downloadable templates and materials to help you make u3a Day a success. 

If you are not currently a u3a member, we’d love you to come along to your local u3a event and help us celebrate the new experiences and fun we are having in the third stage of our lives. If you want to get involved but you are not yet a member – why not consider joining a u3a? You can use our map to find your local u3a and get in touch with them about joining.