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Who can join the U3A?

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Membership is not related to a specific age but to a period in one's life (the third age) after the second age of full-time employment and parental responsibility. Anyone in their third age can join the U3A, including people who are working part-time. There is no lower age limit for membership.

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How is the U3A managed?

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The overall management is the responsibility of the Management Committee, whose members are elected annually. However, most of the activities of the U3A are carried out by Interest Groups which manage themselves and are financially self-sufficient.

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How many members does the U3A have?

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Over 362,000 people in the United Kingdom belong to the U3A in one of over 970 associations. Matlock Area U3A currently has more than 600 members.

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Can non-members attend Group Meetings?

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Visitors (non-members of the Matlock Area U3A) may attend meetings of any Group on up to three occasions, providing they have prior agreement from the Group Coordinator and pay £1 on each occasion. Normally they will be expected to join Matlock Area U3A if they wish to attend further meetings.

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How much does it cost to belong to the Matlock Area U3A?

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£10.00 per year, however, should you join after August, your first year fee is reduced to £5.00

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What will my membership subscription get spent on?

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We are a "not for profit" organisation, subscriptions are used to:

  • hire venues and speakers for general meetings to provide an opportunity for members to meet socially and find out what other Interest Groups are doing
  • publicise the activities of the U3A to encourage wider participation and increase membership (which helps cover the administrative running costs – stationery, printing, postage, etc)
  • pay for the cost of hosting the Matlock Area U3A web-site
  • support the establishment of new Interest Groups
  • contribute toward the cost of equipment
  • maintain a contingency fund
  • pay for regular magazines from the Third Age Trust
  • contribute toward the costs of the Third Age Trust
     

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Are there any other charges?

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Interest Groups are self-supporting and any costs associated with running each group are met by the members of that group. This would include, for example, cost of tickets and travel for visits to Theatres, Museums, Gardens, etc., fees for specialist speakers or tutors engaged to talk to or advise members, and the cost of room hire (usually £1.00 to £2.00 per member, depending on the venue and the number of members attending). A contribution of up to 30p per member for refreshments is recommended for all Group meetings. Costs are normally published on each Group's web page.

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How many Interest Groups can I join?

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As many as you wish, although groups which meet in members' homes will have a limit on the numbers that can be comfortably accommodated.

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I'd like to find out more before I decide whether to join the Matlock Area U3A, who should I contact?

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Sue Petrie is our Membership Secretary and can be contacted by email at membership@matlockareau3a.org.uk or by telephone on 01246 590103.

Or we would be pleased for you to join us for an informal chat at one of our monthly Coffee Mornings - please click here for more information.

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I'd like to join the Matlock Area U3A, what do I need to do next?

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Download a Membership Application Form and return the completed form with your subscription to the Membership Secretary.

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I'd like to apply for Gift Aid for my annual subscription, how do I do that?

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Download a Gift Aid Application Form and return the completed form to the Membership Secretary.

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I'd like to set up a new Interest Group, how do I do this?

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A new interest group must first be approved on a provisional basis. See here for full details about how to do this.

Last updated on 16 May, 2016
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