NLU3A is the North London U3A with meetings in Finchley, Highgate, Muswell Hill and nearby areas. It is one of over 1000 U3As across the country. Each U3A is about people coming together to continue their educational, social and creative interests in a friendly and informal environment.
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We mostly meet in one another’s homes when the groups are small and do not need great space. Larger groups and those that involve a lot of physical activity meet in hired spaces. Some groups have no fixed home but, for example, meet for outdoor walks and tours, visits to galleries, museums, theatres, etc. Our Monthly Meetings which usually have a guest speaker are currently held in a church hall in Finchley. Members make no extra payment for the costs of venues.
Each group has a leader or Coordinator (sometimes two) who organises it and with the group’s participation sets the tone and agenda. We have many members who are experts in their field and share their knowledge and experience generously with us. Many groups do not have an expert leader but simply an enthusiast who is learning and taking part on an equal footing with others in the group. In a few cases where needed, a professional tutor is employed and members may be asked for an additional payment above the annual membership subscription.
Every member of North London U3A should consider how they can help run the organisation. There are always ways in which you can help – just ask a committee member. We are a Co-operative in education – self-helping and self-managing. Nobody is paid, nobody gains great status. But there is deep satisfaction in seeing this organisation working well. We aim to be a lively institution where every member feels at home and finds fulfilment in what they do.
Our monthly meetings always start with coffee and chat, and offer a variety of outside speakers. There are one-day visits, both within London and further afield, which are open to all members, and the occasional longer trip.
Besides our regular events, we organise a social programme over the summer and around Christmas and the New Year. Our members take part in national Summer Schools, London Study Days and Shared Learning Projects with organisations such as the Museum of London, London Metropolitan Archive and the British Library.
Get in touch
Email our membership secretary at email@example.com and we will get back to you. Or come to one of our monthly meetings, they are open to non-members. You are assured of a friendly welcome.
As a general introduction you might like to watch the video below first. It is just 5 minutes long and was produced by the national office of U3A.
Organisation and Procedures
Our Constitution: We are required by the charity commissioners to have a formal constitution. This was last amended at the 2014 AGM, when some minor updates were made. You can read or download it: Constitution-2014.
Our Strategy: During 2018 we updated our three year strategy and policy. The strategy was due to be reviewed in December 2020; the review has been deferred because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the strategy will be reviewed once the situation is clearer.
Our AGM: See the minutes of the October 2020 AGM.
Our procedures: Complaints Procedure and Disciplinary Procedure.