Celebrating International Women's Day

It is amazing to learn that even after it was founded 42 years ago, many people have not heard of u3a or know exactly what it is. But through this charity now over 400,000 people are exploring new experiences and continually learning - positive ageing in action!

The u3a movement encourages those who now have more time on their hands, to come together and enjoy a whole host of subjects, skills and activities. There is plenty of opportunity to find a u3a in every region, and the number of members is growing every day.

Local u3as offer a wide range of interest groups chosen and run by the members. These with a diverse and eclectic range including music groups, sports and art. In addition, members can access online talks and workshops.
Most of these opportunities are presented by members themselves; sharing their knowledge or skills with others across the movement. There is also a wide range of talks on offer from well-known speakers and organisations.

To celebrate ‘International Women’s Day’ we thought is would be nice to share how female members have benefitted from this movement. Read what the ladies below say...

Marlene Jones, “My daughter says I’m in the best fitness of my life. I can keep up with her most of the time. That is down to the u3a.”

“As well as the physical benefits, there are the social benefits. I’ve made lots of friends and we meet outside of netball for coffee and Christmas meals. It’s great fun, there’s plenty of camaraderie and we have a real laugh. They are a great bunch of ladies.”

Lindsay Hewitt, “It’s helped my painting enormously and it’s so engaging”

“I started painting in my garden during lockdown. It was a beautiful spring, so I was able to spend lots of time outside doing something that I loved. It was around this time that I joined the u3a. I’d heard about the national u3a Scotland painting competition and entered my triptych piece, My Covid Garden - and I won! I was delighted.”

Marian Elliott, “My circle of friends and acquaintances has been steadily growing”

“From first walking into the meeting hall and not knowing a soul, I now find there’s not enough time to chat with everyone that I’ve got to know since I first joined my u3a nearly five years ago.”

Some members have even been extras in the upcoming ‘Vindication Swim’ a multi-award-winning new film will be released this International Women’s Day, 8th March, in celebration of the incredible achievements of Mercedes Gleitze.

Based on the inspirational true story of Mercedes, who in 1927 became the first British woman to swim the English Channel. Vindication Swim depicts Mercedes’ upstream struggle in overcoming both the cold waters of the English Channel and the oppressive society of 1920s England. However, after a rival comes forward claiming to have accomplished the same feat, Mercedes is forced into battle to retain her record and her legacy.

To see which cinemas will be showing the film and to book tickets, go to: linktr.ee/vindicationswimfilm
If you are interested in joining the u3a, simply log on to their website at u3a.org.uk to see what groups are in your area or email info@u3a.org.uk