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U3A - the University of the Third Age - is an international movement that encourages people to take part in lifelong learning for pleasure. U3A allows people to enjoy educational, creative, social and leisure activities in a relaxed environment at low cost. There are no prior qualifications, no exams and no degrees awarded.

U3A Yarra City aims to

  • Provide opportunities for seniors for lifelong learning and social activity
  • Harness the cultural diversity, life experience and knowledge of older people
  • Provide affordable self-help educational and recreational programs for mature adults
  • Foster relationships with other community organisations which have complementary or compatible aims

To peruse 2017 Courses, click on ‘Courses’ in the Menu under the photo at the top of the page.

To enrol in Courses, log in by clicking ‘Membership’ in the Menu. You must be a financial member.

Million Stars Project

Collingwood Library Meeting, 12 – 1 pm, Tuesday May 16th.

Please join us, straight after our Tuesday morning talk (Contemporary Philanthropy given by Ben Rodgers) for a workshop to weave colourful paper stars to support this project. We will be supporting Yarra Libraries and the Aboriginal Housing Vic. to contribute some of the 10,000 Yarra stars to the One Million Stars Project.

You will be shown how to make these colourful paper stars which, with others from all over the world, will form an installation to witness against bullying and violence at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Tuesday Forums.
Venue – Meeting Room, Collingwood Library, Abbotsford. 10.30 a.m.

2/5/17 The Political is Personal Judith Buckrich has ten published books to her name. She has just published her eleventh, a memoir called 'The Political is Personal: A 20th Century Memoir'. She is a past Chair of the PEN International Women Writers’ Committee and President of the Melbourne PEN Centre.

9/5/17 Scottish Gardens In this session, Suzanne Collings covers visits to gardens on the east coast of Scotland, from Inverness in the north down to Edinburgh. It includes Cawdor Castle, Crathes Castle, Kildrummy Castle, Ptimuies Garden, Branklyn Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh, among others, visited in September 2016.

16/5/17 Contemporary philanthropy This talk by Ben Rodgers is about how the work of Inner North Community Foundation democratises giving. Modern philanthropy is concerned with the many ways people can connect their values to their sense of community, and bring money to life through giving.
This talk is followed by “The One Million Stars to end Violence Project’ activity.

 23/5 Doing Dying Better: Most of us feel uncomfortable about discussing death and dying. It’s one of those ‘too hard basket’ topics that some fear and most avoid. Silence surrounding death and dying prevents us from having important conversations with our families and our medical team.  Talking about dying and planning for death makes us better equipped to prepare for it, and better able tosupport our partners, children and grand-children deal well with the final chapter of life. Speaker: Julie Hassard

9/5, 23/5,13/6, 27/6 The Ageing Project has been CANCELLED

30/5/17 Lowering carbon footprint; enhancing wellbeing Many people think that reducing our carbon footprint means doing it tougher and depriving ourselves, but there are many benefits to carbon reduction, including benefits to our health, our community connections, the comfort of our homes, our budget and the range of satisfying activities we can engage in. This presentation will outline these benefits, how to reduce our carbon emissions, and what makes the most difference, with plenty of time for questions and discussion. Speaker: Rob Salter

Note: U3A Yarra City members can enrol in ongoing courses through the login Attendance at our talks is open to the public.
Members can bring friends to courses and events.

For online membership and enrolments in 2017 program, click on Membership button under cover photo.

Term dates

Semester 1: 30 Jan to 30 June
Semester 2: 17 July to Dec 15


Semester 1: Monday, January 30th to Friday June 30th. School holidays, including Easter: Saturday, April 1st to Sunday April 17th. Midyear break: Saturday July 1st to Sunday July 16th.

Semester 2: Monday July 17th to Friday, December 15th. School holidays: Saturday, September 23rd to Sunday October 8th.

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Friday 10 am - 12 noon
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