U3A is for people who wish to be actively involved!
Hence U3A Southern Highlands is an active group with more than 1,000 members. Most of our members live in the Wingecarribee Shire including the towns of Bowral, Bundanoon, Mittagong, Moss Vale, and Robertson, plus many lovely villages and residential areas in the surrounding districts.
Many of our classes are held in Bowral which is the demographic centre of the Shire but classes are held in other centres whenever practicable.
U3A Southern Highlands offers usually more than 60 courses, activities or events in each school term.
The emphasis is on mutual education in a wide range of subjects including history, arts, crafts, music, literature, health, science, technology, languages, games, sports, local matters and current affairs. Retirees have a lifetime of knowledge and experience, and the sharing of that knowledge with members is the cornerstone of the organisation. No formal qualifications are required to lead courses and there are no exams.
There is always a social aspect to our classes and so most classes include morning or afternoon tea, and other events during the year encourage members to meet and share friendships.
U3A relies on all members’ voluntary efforts to function efficiently. Course Leaders are the cornerstone of the organisation and so to assist them we ask those who aren’t leading to assist in setting up for the courses, helping with morning and afternoon tea and helping those who are a little older and more frail. Help is required with the multitude of tasks associated with our “Special Events” such as our General Meetings. We know that those with disabilities are limited in what they can contribute, but a willingness to participate is assumed on application for membership.