Yorkshire U3A Groups
The University of the Third Age - or U3A - is a brilliant concept: a national organisation aimed
at active retired (or semi-retired) people who wish to develop new interests, or pursue current
activities, with like-minded folk. Local groups work to a loosely-defined national concept to
establish their own informal activity sections. These can cover anything their members desire:
informal education, walking, discussion, armchair travel, sport, reading, music appreciation, yoga,
drama, bridge - the list is endless.
No qualifications are required to join and no qualifications or degrees are awarded.
Members are encouraged to see the value and take pleasure in learning for its own sake.
Each group runs its own affairs through officers and committee elected by local members.
- Yorkshire and Humber U3A Region
- The regional committee helps communities wishing to start new U3A groups and organises events, like the Regional Summer School,
that are beyond the scope of individual U3As.
- Barnsley U3A
- A lively and friendly group with over 400 members, offering access to more than
30 different cultural, social, educational and recreational activities.
- Beverley & District U3A
- Beverley & District U3A has nearly 400 members and around 30 different interest groups.
- Caves U3A
- A fairly new U3A in its third year, with 115 members.
- Craven U3A
- This very active U3A group has in excess of 700 members in the area around Skipton.
- Guisborough U3A
- This is a very new group, having been formed only in January 2008, but already getting lots of support.
- Harrogate U3A
- Harrogate U3A was established in 1991 and now has approaching 650 members and 35 special interest groups.
- Hessle U3A
- Hessle U3A has 150 members and 20 interest groups.
- Howden & District U3A
- Howden & District U3A was formed in November 2008 and is growing rapidly.
Serving the area of Howdenshire, Goole and Marshlands, there are currently over 200 members.
- Huddersfield U3A
- Huddersfield U3A currently has over 2400 members and 110 study groups meeting in 33 locations.
- Ilkley U3A
- With over 60 courses available and over 600 members, there is something for everyone.
- Keighley U3A
- Keighley U3A has 120 members and groups ranging from Scrabble to t'ai chi.
- Leeds U3A
- Leeds U3A has groups including Historical Leeds, Crossword Solving and Country Dancing.
- Pocklington & District U3A
- Pocklington & District U3A was established in 2005 and now has 180 members and 26 special interest groups.
- Ryedale U3A
- A wide range of courses and group activities is available, including Geology, Walking and Watercolour Painting.
- Saltburn U3A
- Saltburn U3A has over 400 members who are drawn from a wide area of East Cleveland including Saltburn,
Marske, New Marske, Loftus, Skelton, Guisborough, Easington, Brotton and Redcar.
- Settle District U3A
- Settle District U3A has a range of groups including Digital Photography, Wine Appreciation and Needlework and Natter.
- Sheffield U3A
- Sheffield U3A supports over 130 groups engaged in over 50 different activities.
- Stokesley and District U3A
- Stokesley and District U3A has more than 160 members Groups include Art History, Computers and Walking.
- Swanland U3A
- Currently there are over 600 members from Swanland and the surrounding villages and towns.
There are over 50 interest groups both large and small, including family history, walking, languages, art and literature and yoga.
- Wakefield and District U3A
- Groups include Family History, Crafts, Tap Dancing and a range of Language Courses.
- Whitby Whaler U3A
- Groups include Family History, Embroidery, Line Dancing and Philosophy.
- Wolds U3A
- The Wolds are a very active U3A with 430 members and with most groups being well supported.
- York U3A
- York U3A currently has more than 1,200 members and 80 groups covering a very wide range of interests.