People join U3A to engage with others and share a love of learning, and one of the best ways to do this is to join a course. This, however, can lead to disappointment when existing courses are full and vacancies are few.
To address this problem we need more leaders!
If you have a particular skill or knowledge, you may like to consider taking a class. You do not necessarily have to be qualified to do so (Yoga is an exception) but teachers of French, Art and Yoga particularly are in great demand. Where languages are concerned, it should be pointed out that U3A is not like a language school with definite terms and intakes as people attending classes tend to form an attachment with each other and re-book from one semester to another. If you have a skill please consider passing it on to others, particularly in the categories mentioned. This would not necessarily mean you have to leave the course you are attending – maybe you could run a little sub course?
If you look back in life, the person who helped you most was very often a friend or the person you sat next to in school. Learning is a shared pleasure and from personal experience I can’t express how much satisfaction can be derived from passing on your skill or knowledge to others. Both the giver and the receiver – and involvement in either one – is thought to benefit and increase wellbeing and longevity.
If you think you may be able to help or would like to discuss the possibility, please contact Runa Schmidt-Muller, our Course Coordinator.
Olivia Kesby, NB Secretary