When you say it out loud, the first two syllables of U3A sound like ‘Youth’. So, think of it as the Youth Club of the Third Age!
Like school, it definitely is not! We don’t do exams! Like a Youth Club, the most asked question is “What did you do?”, because the accent is on everyone contributing, rather than watching. Best of all, everyone is a volunteer, doing what they love.
We are an organisation of active people from all walks of life – no longer in full time employment – who meet like-minded people to expand their knowledge, share interests and acquire new skills.
Everyone, especially themselves, benefits from contributing to others. Members fully involve themselves by organising their own activities in a wide variety of subjects. If you see a gap in what we do, just ask the Groups Secretary how you can help to fill it. Every group has a coordinator who does the admin. In some groups they are also the domain expert, but in many groups the expertise lies elsewhere, in one or more people.
We meet in Dacorum – Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring areas – in member’s own homes or local halls and help build our communities.
u3a Dacorum was started on 16th April 1990. At the following meeting on 23rd April 1990 the first groups were formed: English Literature and Music. The first AGM was in 1991. We now have over 1300 members, who for a modest subscription can take part in as many study groups as they wish.
Members normally receive a quarterly Digest (Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep and Oct-Dec) which is posted to arrive in the previous month for a small annual cost. There is also a program of regular monthly meetings with a Speaker, held in Boxmoor Playhouse and Berkhamsted Town Hall.
U3A Dacorum is registered Charity No 1012612 and is financially independent, relying on members’ subscriptions for our income. Members pay £12.00 (reduced from £14 last year) a year, or £22.00 a year for a couple at the same address.
A meeting fee is paid at every meeting:
- Study groups in a member’s home: £1.00;
- Study, activity or lecture group in a hall for most groups: £2.00 (a few are £3.00 or more).
- Non u3a Dacorum members, including members from other u3as, may attend two meetings before joining u3a Dacorum and must pay the fee.
- Each group makes its own separate arrangements for refreshments. This varies from ‘Bring your own’ through (say) £0.20 for tea and biscuits, to (say) £0.50 with cake included.
To learn more about navigating our new u3adacorum.org website, please follow this link: Website
Last updated: 4 Oct 23.