Group Support Subcommittee

This Subcommittee exists to advise on setting up new special interest Groups, finding venues, sorting out  problems and such.  It provides ongoing support for Group Leaders and advice to members running events such as Short Courses and Workshops. Additionally, it organises the Afternoon Teas for New Members and the annual Group Leaders’ Meeting.
Please note that many of the usual Group and other U3A activities are not currently running in the normal way during this time of coronavirus lockdown,
Group Support Subcommittee Members:
  • Paul Andrews (Chair)
  • Jane Astles
  • Stephen Ellison
  • Alistair Gardiner
  • Ian Grant
  • Jeff Roberts


  • members of the Group Support Subcommittee are often to be found at the weekly Horizons Meetings  on Thursday mornings in the Scout & Guide HQ.  If you do not spot an appropriate officer quickly, don’t hesitate to  enquire at the Welcome Desk.
  • email
  • phone the U3A  answerphone number, referred to on the Contact Us webpage, and leave a message for Group Support.

Please note, the answerphone is usually checked regularly each week, but there could be some extra delay in a response to your message during this time of lockdown due to the coronavirus. For the same reason, the weekly Horizons meetings are not currently being run.

Further Information:

  • see the Terms of Reference for this Subcommittee
  • refer to the web page for Groups
  • check out the Programme of Group activities
  • see also the web page on Short Courses
  • contact and talk to a member of this Subcommittee
  • ask the Subcommittee for a copy of their Group Leaders’ Handbook


Some forms useful for Group and Short Course activities, eg Attendance Register, Accident Report, Paying-in, Expenses and Funding, can be accessed from the downloadable Forms webpage.

If you cannot download a required form, then  contact the Group Support Subcommittee for copies. Some forms  may also be available in print at Horizons Meetings on Thursdays at the Scout & Guide HQ.

Assets & Equipment for Activities:

The U3A has equipment  for use in Group and Course meetings and other such activities, as well as  for Official Administrative purposes. Check the Assets & Equipment webpage if you have a requirement  for such equipment.