Lena Metcalf President of U3A Ellesmere and Colleen Young

Socialising for seniors

by Ann van Engelen

A new social club is set to start in Darfield, as a place for the older generation to meet, socialise and continue learning.

“The University of the Third Age is for retired and semi-retired people who like to continue interacting and gain information on a variety of topics presented by high-level lecturers,” says facilitator Colleen Young.

“The Selwyn District is so vast we decided to start a group in Darfield because at the recent Positive Ageing Expo, we established the need for the area. University or retired lecturers, business managers and people with scientific or specialised backgrounds discuss current issues or topics of interest for our age groups.”

U3A groups are already in progress in Lincoln, and North Canterbury.

“When we started our North Canterbury group, our first event had 100 people turn up. They are wanting to learn, and socialise, without the worry of having to be involved in fundraising activities as most have been there and done that.

“A steering committee in each area runs the group. Some have monthly meetings and separate interest events such as history, the environment, art, cycling or literature. We also have a series of lectures on particular topics.

Recently we learnt about the justice system with a retired judge giving us an overview of what is happening in the legal world. U3A has no religious or political background and are run across the world. It is a group of retired people who enjoy each other’s company while we keep our brains active.”

The first U3A meeting will be held at the Darfield Recreational Centre, North Terrace on Thursday, November 21 at 10.30am.

“This is an informative meeting about what this group can offer semi-retired or retired people in the Darfield/Malvern area. Please come and be inquisitive about lifelong learning.”