U3A is an international volunteer organisation providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment for people over 50 who are no longer in full-time employment.
U3A is run entirely by volunteers and draws on the knowledge, experience and skills of its members to learn from each other and share experiences in a relaxed, social environment.
U3A South Australia
U3A South Australia was formed in 2006 and is the peak body representing 19 U3A member organisations across the State in metropolitan or regional locations.
Each U3A in South Australia is independent and run by an elected management committee of members. Everyone is encouraged to contribute voluntarily to the running of their local U3A to ensure it is an active and vibrant organisation.
Courses may last for an hour or a year and, for a small annual fee, members may enrol for as many courses as they wish. An additional fee may apply for some courses. There is no accreditation, assessment or qualification to be gained.
U3A South Australia believes learning is a pleasurable experience which provides opportunities to mix with like-minded people who enjoy doing new things. U3A South Australia can provide information, support and advice for those interested in starting their own U3A.
U3A South Australia believes that staying active: mentally, physically and socially provides better health outcomes for people in active retirement.
Our Member organisations are volunteer not-for-profit organisations which provide affordable learning and leisure opportunities for retired or semi-retired people over 50 years (who are not working more than 20 hours a week) in an inclusive, fun and friendly atmosphere. We encourage people in our community to come together to learn from one another and pass on skills to others.
Our objectives are:
To explain the U3A South Australia movement to the public and to assist those who wish to form a U3A in their area.
To act as advocate/negotiator with governments, education bodies and private enterprise.
To make submissions for financial and/or other assistance.
To arrange seminars, conferences and/or meetings of U3As in South Australia on relevant matters.
Meet our team
KERRIE SMITH – President & U3A Campbelltown Delegate
What would we do without U3A?
Prior to my retirement I worked in a ministerially owned education company teaching teachers to use the internet.
It was great to find that my teaching skills were still needed in U3A. At Campbelltown I am involved in a number of groups and activities and I find my involvement very rewarding. I am never lost for something to do, people to meet, books to read
Whoever said “lucky you, retiring …all that free time!”?
The ‘have to read’ book list I set myself in 2008 hasn’t moved too far beyond the one I was reading at the time. Moving to the Adelaide Hills has literally become my reverse sea change – a happy location from where I can smell the eucalypts but still spot the sea through the trees – best of both worlds.
Continuing with singing, traveling internationally with our choir, cruising the seven seas with a very patient and supportive husband, learning the flute and being involved in the Adelaide Hills U3A have become my Third Age. No complaints – except – it’s all going too fast! I’ve taught Mah Jong at U3A Adelaide Hills since 2010, was AH Chair of from November 2012 – November 2017, currently their Secretary and U3ASA delegate. Still spending too much time behind the computer – and still learning new software!
PAULINE McCREERY– Webmaster & U3A Adelaide delegate
Since retiring at the beginning of 2009 I have been busier than ever before. I can devote more time to image based computing, to travel, to learning croquet, to learning French, to……….you name it! I love theatre, reading, good food and wine and being a grandmother. I became, and continue to be, the webmaster for U3A Adelaide as well as serving on both the Programme and the General Committees. From March 2011 – March 2013 I was President of U3A Adelaide. It is wonderful to be able to continue with my love of both learning and teaching.
CLAIRE EGLINTON – Secretary & U3A Lower North Delegate/President
Moving from Adelaide to the Clare Valley in 1973, my work was in newspaper and commercial printing. Leisure interests have included environment, carriage driving and films. Joining U3A Lower North in 2005 saw the start of my job collection. It began with taking on the local newsletter and website, then teaching computing and French, working up to becoming Lower North president in 2009. After attending some of the early informal meetings between U3As, I became a delegate to the State network shortly after it was formed in 2006, vice president in 2008 and secretary in 2009.
When the national network commenced in 2010 I was appointed State delegate and took on editing the national bulletin in 2016.
All these jobs have given me tremendous satisfaction and broadened my skill set considerably. They also keep me in front of a computer screen most days which has done nothing for my figure but does prevent me from being just a mad cat lady. Fortunately every day on a rural property has its small joys as I am yet to find time to have a holiday . . . which suits my feline companion Edmund just fine.
PETER ADAMS – Treasurer & U3A Gawler Delegate
Following retirement, I became active with casual bookkeeping work and was made aware of U3A through a desire to learn to play the ukulele and was put in contact with the Gawler Branch. Although my efforts to learn were thwarted by a number of personal problems, my direction was turned towards U3A South Australia and I was duly elected to the role of Treasurer. I enjoy the interaction with my fellow committee members and making contact with the individual Branches and learning how things are done.
Leisure pursuits include a love of travel, particularly cruising, and an appreciation of most genres of music, good food and wines, family time with children and grandchildren as well as curling up with a good book from time to time.