u3a - Learning to be Retired

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The successful U3A course ‘Learning to be Retired’ created by Julia South (Sheffield U3A) and Carol Ellis (Bromley U3A) is now available ONLINE to view at home in small online groups, using Zoom or a similar platform!

The online course is called ‘Retiring with Attitude! Learning to be Retired’ and consists of six, 90 minute sessions, which Julia and Carol ‘host’ via six pre-recorded videos. Each video lasts around 25 minutes which means that during the 90 minute session, there are many breaks for the group to do exercises, involving individual reflection followed by structured group discussions. All handouts for the course are provided.

What does the course cover?

The course doesn’t ‘tell’ you how you should manage your retirement, nor does it give advice about financial issues but, instead prompts you to: think more deeply about what is important to you; consider whether you hold beliefs that are holding you back; and explore which of your skills might be transferable to life in retirement. It also highlights the many opportunities open to retirees – even in a pandemic – and helps you to realise that retirement, far from being an ending, can, in fact, be the beginning of an exciting and fulfilling stage in your life.

Interested in the course?

All you need to do is contact your local U3A committee. Committee members will be able to advise and support you with how to promote the course in order to engage with other interested members. If necessary, your Committee could also consider liaising with other nearby branches. This has happened successfully in some areas.

You will need a group of around 6 members to run the course successfully, as it’s the sharing of ideas and experiences that makes the course so valuable. One of the group will need to volunteer to organise the six Zoom sessions.

When life is normal again

The original ‘face to face’ course is still available if you would like to run the course with members in your local area. This, naturally, would only be possible once we are all able to meet up again. It’s an ‘off the shelf’ course including a script for the course leader, with accompanying handouts and up to 12 members can gather together.

To find out more about the both the online and face to face courses, please get in touch with Carol Ellis (U3A Bromley) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.