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About Us

What is U3A?

U3A is an international movement created to provide low cost educational activities, in a relaxed environment, for people who are retired or semi-retired.

U3A was founded in Toulouse, France, in 1972 based on academic programs run by the University. The concept was modified in Cambridge UK in the 1980s by Dr. Peter Laslett, to harness the experience and skills of older people who ran the programs independently of academic involvement. Dr. Laslett was also responsible for defining the four “ages of man” in his book “A Fresh Map of Life.” He suggested that the Third Age, “Retirement”, offered an opportunity to catch up with a lot of activities for which there had not been time in the first two stages of life; childhood & employment.

Each U3A group has its own Constitution based on U3A Guidelines and as agreed with members. It is an autonomous, incorporated association which operates under the rules of the Incorporated Associations Act of 1984.  There are no paid employees in any U3A organisation world wide.

Additional information about the history of the U3A movement is available on numerous web sites.

Eastlakes U3A

Eastlakes U3A was founded in January 2000 with 87 members and 12 classes. Today we have around 800 members and run over 100 classes a year. Course Leaders donate their time and expertise on a voluntary basis. A Management Committee is elected from the membership each year at the Annual General Meeting.

As with all other U3As, Eastlakes is a non-profit, non-sectarian, non-political and non-competitive organisation.  It is an association of people who are free to take up leisure and study activities under the motto:  Fun and Learning for the Mature

Our Mission

To offer retired or semi-retired people, low cost educational opportunities, fun & friendship in a supportive social setting within the East Lake Macquarie Area.

There is no great divide between learners and leaders. A student in one class is likely to be a leader in another! No qualifications are required to take part, either as a course member or as a leader, nor are any qualifications awarded. There are no exams or grading of students’ achievements. We participate for the joy of learning and staying active and engaged!

To find out more have a look through the other pages on this site, check out the YouTube video link following this or go to the ‘Contact Us’ page and send one of the contact points an email with your question and contact information.

YouTube Video Link – https://youtu.be/mmExwwx_VW0