This page includes information on the National U3A, Regional Networks and Local U3As as well as some relevant local links likely to be of interest to U3A members.
The Third Age Trust – the U3A National Group – The national representative body for U3As in the UK. It underpins the work of local U3As by providing educational and administrative support to their management committees and to individual members and assists in the development of new U3As across the UK. Membership of The Third Age Trust is a requirement in order to use the U3A name and logo.
The North West Region of U3As – The region includes the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, and Lancashire plus the Metropolitan Boroughs within Greater Manchester and Merseyside and all contiguous Unitary Authorities. Follow the links to the events they organise and run, their newsletter and other documents
The Virtual U3A – an online-only U3A, affiliated to the Third Age Trust. It is like a local U3A Group except that its activities take place on the Internet. A target group for the vU3a is older people who are isolated through location, illness or immobility – but all are welcome and there are members from around the world.
Local U3A Groups
For all other groups use the national U3A find a group web page
Chapel Gallery – West Lancashire Borough Council “brings innovative contemporary art and craft to the region from across the UK, while also supporting locally based artists in the development of their careers”.
Edge Hill Arts Centre – Details of theatre, films, live theatre screenings, music, dance, etc. and how to book and all other details.
Spot On – Lancashire’s Rural Touring Network provides artistic performances “on your doorstep”.
Learning and Education
Edge Hill University (EHU) open events – check for details of and booking for (sometimes free) public lectures run by a variety of academic departments. Indeed, we’ve been informed of “two research institutes host events which are generally open to the public (as well as aimed at EHU staff and students), and for the most part they are free”. For details, see:
The Confucius Institute at Edge Hill University – offers various opportunities for the local community to learn about Chinese culture and language. Check out their web pages for opportunities that are free and open to the public. See:
Liverpool University is also holding an Open House in May 2016 with a variety of lectures and other events open to the public.
Liverpool John Moores University Roscoe Series – free lectures open to the public; pre-booking required.
Ormskirk & District Association of National Trust Members (ODANTM) – The aims of this organisation are “firstly, to help everybody to get more enjoyment from their membership of the National Trust and secondly, to support the work of the National Trust where-ever and when-ever possible through fund raising via our activities and voluntary work if able.” They also organise a programme of lectures, holidays and social events.
West Lancashire Archaeological Society – a longstanding local society offering a Lecture Programme on relevant topics given by expert and professional speakers from the region’s Universities and Museums.
Community and Wellbeing
Edge Hill University Sporting Edge – Aerobics, Fitness and Swimming at Edge Hill Sports Centre. Classes at Edge Hill are attended by some U3A members who enjoy Aerobics classes and use of the Fitness Suite and Swimming Pool. Days, times and costs vary and initial contact should be made via Sporting Edge on 01695 584745 or their website.
Lancashire Age UK – find out about activities and events taking place at Age UK Lancashire, including at the centre in Moorgate, Ormskirk. For example, there is a special event Celebration Older Peoples Day, on October 1st 2018, at which U3A will have a presence.
Ormskirk Community Partnership – Provides information about the town of Ormskirk, Lancashire, UK. It is a voluntary association of “local people who live and work in the town” who seek to involve local people in what goes on in the local area. Their mission statement is “Let’s Make Ormskirk Better!”. Our very own member, Margaret Gibbon (Leader of the Local History Group), features on the Statement photo, posing as a gingerbread selling lady!
West Lancs Buzz – a new website “about all things West Lancs” containing latest news and events in the locality.
West Lancashire Borough Council – Home page of West Lancashire Borough Council services online.
West Lancs Council for Voluntary Services – an organisation set up to help, support and develop voluntary and community groups.
West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (WLCCG) – As local commissioners of health services in West Lancashire, this group has a duty to examine local health services and make improvements where possible if required. In particular, they are currently exploring how they can improve services to help those living with chronic pain and welcome views on their plans.