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Cessnock U3A (University of the 3rd Age)

U3A's are voluntary, self-help organisations. They tap the great reservoir of knowledge, skills and experience which is to be found among older people and which is often undervalued or overlooked.

All of the teaching, planning and administration of a U3A is carried out by its own members. (This is not strictly true in our case)

Classes are planned jointly by tutors and students in response to member's interests. The area of study is negotiated to meet the needs of the learning groups; a course may be short or long, depending on the requirements of the subject and the interest of the group.

It is a very reputable organisation having been started in France in 1972 and exists in many countries. There are roughly 10,000 members in Australia. Cessnock has been in existence for about 9 years.

Who leads the courses?
The courses are sometimes lead by qualified members, sometimes by other professionals.

How long do the courses last?
The length of the course varies from one to fourteen sessions. Each session lasts approximately one and a half hours and is normally held once a week.

Where are the courses held?
Courses are held in venues near to the Cessnock CBD. Details of class venues are provided in each new programme booklet which is sent to all financial members.

Who can join?
U3A is open to anybody over the age of 50 and who is retired or semi-retired.

What education level is required?
There is no previous education level required and there are no examinations.

What does it cost to join?
The annual membership fee is currently $30 for a single person and $50 for couples. This fee entitles you to attend courses during the year. There may be a small fee to cover the cost of the venue and perhaps materials where craft is involved.

Why join U3A?
Just because you are over 50 you don't have to stop learning. We provide mental stimulation to keep your brain active and so remain healthy and alert.

Now that you have more spare time, you can learn about those subjects you always intended to follow up but never had the time.

What are some other benefits?

Would you like more information?

Contact Numbers

How can I become a Member?
By filling in the membership form and returning it with your fee to the address below. Application for membership forms and details of courses are available at Cessnock and Kurri libraries.

P.O. Box 712
Cessnock NSW 2325

Contact: Jan Halverson
Phone: 4990 4347
Email: (shown only to logged-in members to stop spam)