Interest Groups Online (abbreviated as IGO) is an online u3a community that gives you the opportunity to join groups, talks and courses from the comfort of your home.
Like with a u3a, the activities are run by members and are a great way to meet people from all across the u3a movement.
How to join
It costs £12 to join for the year, equating to £1 per month. Membership runs from 1 April to 31 March of the next year. After 1 October, it costs £6 to join until 31 March next year. Membership and your groups are managed via the u3a Beacon Members Portal.
To become a member of Interest Groups Online you will need to fill out a short form and make your payment on the u3a Beacon Members Portal. As part of your subscription to Interest Groups Online, you can opt in to receive a free copy of the u3a magazine, Third Age Matters.
Please note, this membership is for Interest Groups Online only, it does not include membership to local u3as.
Browse the groups
Once you have subscribed to Interest Groups Online, you can choose which groups to join. Take a look at our groups page for details on the wide variety of online groups, courses and talks.
IGO help and information
We've created an area to include help and information for members and group leaders, including help on using the Beacon Members Portal. You can access this page by clicking on the button below.
There's lots going on, with new groups starting up all the time. Use the button below to view our noticeboard page, with details on what's happening with Interest Groups Online, and our latest news stories.
To contact members of the Interest Groups Online team, please send an email to