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Our Impact

Our impact is about using our voice to make a difference and influence change, locally and nationally, beyond the great work we do everyday in our u3as. To stay up to date with all the exciting developments and ways we are making a difference locally and nationally, please sign up to our email newsletter.

A message from Chair of the u3a movement Liz Thackray

We all know that u3a provides opportunities for people who are no longer working full-time to come together to learn, volunteer, continue their interests and take up new pursuits.  The things that we enjoy doing as u3a members is positive ageing in action and sends an important message to the wider community that later life is a time of possibility and growth.

As a movement made up of nearly 400,000 members, we want to put our powerful voice as older adults at the heart of the public perception and conversations around age. For example, we can and should encourage better design and more appropriate housing as well as challenging negative attitudes to older people.

Through our Pushback Ageism initiative, our Future Lives group, and supporting u3as to get involved in their local communities, we are making a difference. The u3a voice is making an impact.

The u3a movement is also building important relationships with organisations who share our values and vision: the Royal College of Art’s Design Age Institute, the Centre for Ageing Better, Specsavers #GenerationWow campaign to name a few.

Liz Thackray, u3a Chair

How to get involved

The information on this page will be expanding as our various inititatives grow along with our voice as a movement. In the meantime there are a few actions you can take now:

Join Us

If you are not a member - join the u3a movement and start making a difference. Information about how to join and all the u3as across the UK are available on our Join Us page.

Stay in touch

The best way to stay up-to-date with the work of the Trust and u3a members is to sign up for our national newsletter

Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about u3a voice and making an impact, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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