You're never too old to learn with U3A
THE University of the Third Age (U3A) in Coffs Harbour is celebrating another busy year, at the same time as preparing for the new year's enrollments.
For those who believe that 'you are never too old to learn' or just want to participate and be social, Coffs Harbour U3A offers interesting classes ranging from languages, history, Shakespeare and philosophy, to line dancing, art, current affairs and even scrabble.
Here are some of the questions people often ask about U3A.
Q. What does U3A stand for?
A. University of the Third Age is an organisation that provides informal educational settings for seniors. The" Third Age "being the time of retirement from paid work but not from life.!!!
Q. What age group joins your association?
A. It is a senior's organisation, anyone over the age of 55 is eligible. We have some members in their 90th year.
Q. How are the classes organised?
A. Some classes are weekly some are fortnightly, the duration is from 1.1/2 to 2 hours.
All classes are held during the day and we follow the school terms.
Q. What if I miss some classes, or I take a break and travel can I resume the class on returning.
A. Yes you can resume a class. Many people in our age group have travel aspirations and family commitments. There is a facility on the class website to indicate to your tutor that you will be away.
Q. Do I need to take exams in any of the classes?
A. No. All our classes are for intellectual stimulation and social interaction.
Q. How is U3A funded?
A. We receive no funding from Government bodies. We are a non-profit organisation, run by volunteers, your membership fees are used to cover room rental and related costs.
Q. When can I join?
A. You can join U3A online for the 2017 year from December 1. Fees of $65 are payable by credit card or PayPal. Visit coffs.u3anet.org.au to view all of the courses and see the enrollment process. If you need assistance to enroll, go along to the course access day January 11, from 9am until noon, at Cavanbah Hall.
Q. Is there a number I can ring for inquiries about enrollments?
A. Yes there are two numbers: 0410083502 or 66963340.
Q. Can I ring a tutor to see if a class is suitable for me?
A. Yes, when you go on the website and look at the classes you will see a tutor name and phone number, give them a call.