The U3A movement originated in France and extends worldwide. There are over one thousand individual U3As in the UK, all represented and supported by the Third Age Trust, which is an excellent place to see how diverse we all are, just within the UK.
The Virtual U3A (VU3A), which went live in January 2009, is an online-only U3A, affiliated to the Third Age Trust. One of its principal aims is to provide the U3A experience for those who are rendered isolated in some way by circumstances or geography and unable to play a full part in a terrestrial U3A. More information is available at www.vu3a.org where one can apply for membership. Why not pay it a visit? And if you know of anyone who might benefit, please pass the information on.
Within Hemel Hempstead there are other learning organisations such as:
- The Dacorum Learning Partnership comprises a group of organisations involved in adult learning in Dacorum. It includes training providers, children’s centres, extended schools, funders and voluntary organisations.
- The Paper Trail in Apsley is an industrial heritage visitor and education centre, housing the worlds first commercial papermaking machine, offering learning, tours and activities to adults, families and school groups.