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A new range of Tuesday forums and courses will commence in Term 1 2021. If you wish to join any of these classes (where places are available), please seek to enrol online (click the MEMBERSHIP button above to log-in) or contact us at

VENUE: Zoom online by invitation once enrolled.
DAY: Tuesday
TIME: 10.30-11.30

1/6/21 Zoom through the gloom. Nina Hansen This study reviewed the experience of the shift from face-to-face courses to online platforms during lockdown, as seen through the eyes of members of U3A Yarra City.
A report was written for the Committee and the findings presented to the City of Yarra Council in 2020 to discuss the implications.  These included changing modes of group interaction such as hybrid courses with mixed face-to-face and online presence, as well as the technical equipment available at various venues and facilities.  These were well-received and are leading to further initiatives.
This Forum will be lead by Dr Alison Herron and U3A Yarra City Ageing Well in Yarra group’s Nina Hansen. 
Alison agreed to do this project out of personal interest. Our official association with her and Dr Ralph Hampson at the Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne, began with the Friendship in Retirement project in 2018. Nina’s background is in social forecasting and communications.

8/6/21 Vision Loss and Falls Prevention After her successful talk on Macular Degeneration in Term 1, Sabine Ostrowski is returning to cover:
·      How poor vision can impact risk of falls
·      How different eye conditions affect vision
·      Diet and lifestyle tips that can be beneficial for eye health
·      How to live well with vision loss and minimize slips, trips and falls

15/6/21 Life on our barge in the Netherlands and Belgium. Deborah Keir
Howard and Deborah bought their own 1925 Dutch barge in 2015 and after a refit have spent three seasons cruising in the Netherlands and Belgium. They will give you an overview of their barge and their life aboard and some of the challenges they have faced.
Howard and Deborah retired from corporate life in 2013 and 2016 respectively. Neither had owned a boat prior to buying their barge.


U3As from across Victoria are currently offering online courses and activities that have vacancies.
To find out more go to U3A Network Victoria ( and under the tab for Join A Local U3A, click on Open Courses and Activities.

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

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Intrigued by what a University of the Third Age does? Who can be involved?

Interested in bicycling, or looking for bike paths suitable for over 50’s? See the new web site built by the On Yer Bike group from U3A Yarra City:

Due to circumstances beyond our control, TUESDAY FORUMS will NOT be held at the Collingwood Library for the next few months. Please check this page regularly for information.


To renew membership or join U3A Yarra City, go to Membership Page and view Payment Options.
Read instructions for payment, then renew or join.


Semester 1: Midyear break: Saturday, June 26th to Sunday, July 11th.
Semester 2: Monday, July 12th to Friday, December 17th.
Spring holidays: Saturday, September 18th to Sunday, October 3rd.

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