What is U3A?
The University of the Third Age (usually referred to as U3A) is a not for profit worldwide educational self-help organization. It draws on the wealth of knowledge and experience of its members to set up study groups and to organize recreational activities.
Are there special qualifications to join?
No qualifications are required to join other than to be retired or semi-retired … and there are no tests or examinations!
Most courses are about 1.5 hours per week With some exceptions, there is a limit to the number of courses in which any single member can participate.
Most of the programs and activities are held at the Stella Maris Centre, McMahons Road, Frankston where we have secure, well equipped classrooms, a computer training room, communal room and ample off street parking.
What does it cost ?
Because all Tutors, Committee members, Administration and Catering staff are volunteers we are able to offer a nominal Annual Membership Fee. Class Fees are $10 per term. However some classes, due to the extra cost in conducting them e.g. Choir, Computers, may range up to $30 per term. All course fees are payable IN ADVANCE at the start of each Term.
• Full Membership Fee (2018) – $50.00 pa
• Associate Member Fee (fully paid up Member of another U3A – proof required) – $25.00 pa
• Volunteer Tutor Fee – Free
What roles are there for Volunteers?
Almost anything that you can think of. You might like to spend a couple of hours each week or fortnight manning the desk in the office, or helping with the quarterly mail out of the newsletter. You might prefer to help our catering team or perhaps join our committee and assist in the management of our organisation. Maybe you could manage our network, website or Facebook page. If you are handy with a screw driver, you could help out with maintenance. Or what about being a tutor in a subject dear to your heart? The world is your oyster. See the Forms & Documents page for a relevant form or just contact us.