u3a - FAQs

What is the purpose of u3a day?

  • To raise the profile of your u3a so, collectively, there is more awareness nationally
  • To help challenge negative perceptions of older adults
  • To invite other Third Agers to learn how u3a supports the lives of retired people.

Who decides what happens on u3a day?

It is entirely up to u3as what they want to do on the day. u3as can do something on their own or get together with nearby u3as or networks. It is all organised locally as part of your local community.

Any tips for organising it?

Setting up a u3a day working group is recommended to include non-committee and committee members. Together you can brainstorm ideas, draw up a plan of implementation, consider how to engage your membership and incorporate their skills and contacts.

Does it HAVE to be on the Wednesday of Volunteer Week?

To maximise the impact of u3a day it is preferred if ALL u3as participate on the same day. However, local circumstances may mean you need to use another day that week.

How many members should we get involved?

That is for each u3a to decide but it would be wonderful if as many u3a members are involved in the day as possible. For public outdoor events such as a Ukulele Jam in a shopping centre, the numbers may be limited by the venue.

What could we do to raise our profile on u3a day?

There are lots of different ideas -  the more unusual and attention-grabbing the better. Some of the more popular ones include:

  • An exhibition
  • Demonstration – interactive experience
  • Performances
  • Flashmob
  • u3a drop-in Café
  • Open day
  • Yarn-bombing
  • Video shared on website and YouTube

Further suggestions can be found in the u3a day presentation 

u3a members can share ideas and discussions at our dedicated closed Facebook page. Some ideas suggested here include:

  • Community Clean up (be sure to contact local council/parks/highways dept)
  • Art competition with a virtual and outdoor gallery
  • International Café with language groups
  • Produce a cookbook
  • Treasure Hunt - e.g. beachcombing or geocaching
  • History walk - visit local areas of historic interest, invite those new to the area
  • Trail of gardens with displays depicting interest groups

Where could we host the event? 

You can host the event inside or outside or in a public venue but wherever you decide to be, make sure you are following Health and Safety guidance and advice. For Insurance and other advice such as music licences go to the advice area.

How long should an event last?  

It can be as short or as long as you wish: morning, afternoon or all day - whatever your members feel they can contribute.

Who should we invite to our event? 

Taking part in u3a day will help raise the profile of your u3a so we recommend involving the community around you. Maybe to engage the public you could offer an article to local press/media and volunteer to be interviewed on local radio.
Why not send invitations to leading local or regional figures like council leaders, mayor and MPs, anyone who is important to your area – Lord Lieutenant, popular personalities - and not forgetting Chairs and CEOs in age-related organisations like AgeUK.

How do we get ourselves noticed on the day?

Develop contacts with local press, local radio, regional TV, community websites, local social media websites/channels.

On the day be colourful with the u3a colours and make sure you have lots of information and publications to give out (and volunteer members to do that) so that people can learn more about your u3a.

If you have any queries please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stating your u3a.

We will be continuing to develop our advice and will be creating toolkits – so keep visiting the website, social media and reading the national newsletter – as we will let you know when we update the pages.