The U3A is a learning co-operative of older people, which enables members to share many educational, creative and leisure activities.   It is a non profit, non religious and non political organisation. Activities are organised mainly in small groups that meet regularly, often in each other's home. Members learn from each other through sharing their knowledge, skills and experience.  Members are no longer in full time employment, and there is no lower age limit!

The Third Age Trust

Although all local U3As remain autonomous they are members of The Third Age Trust. The Trust is a national umbrella body ( a registered charity and limited company) which represents all U3As at a national and international level. It is run by a National Executive Committee democratically elected from the membership and offers a range of services to support local U3As.

Founded in Toulouse in 1972 specifically to improve the quality of life for older people by learning, the U3A's success quickly spread to other countries.  It now has an International Association, which grows constantly and now includes over 100 member countries.;

There are more than 1000 U3As in the UK, involving over 400,000 people; more are joining all the time. They pursue an amazing range of topics, some purely academic, others recreational. Most local U3As offer a combination of opportunities to study, create ,socialise, and in general develop a fitter mind and body. For more information see: www.u3a.org.uk

Pershore & District U3A

Formed in July 2001, our U3A has increased its members year on year, and we now have well over 500 members. We seek to offer a friendly environment, and valuable support for members who do not have families nearby. Our groups are varied and cover a huge range of topics. There is bound to be something of interest to you, and if not...then just start one! You will be supported by us all.

The Cotswold Link

Pershore & District U3A are members of the Cotswold Link which is a network of U3As within Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire whose aims are to further the experience and knowledge between local U3As. It offers support, and initiates joint activities.For more information see:  www.u3asites.org.uk/cotswold-link

West Midlands Region

In 2009 the Region held its first meeting in Birmingham. The UK had been divided into regions following the standard governmental boundaries. Regional Trustees are able to pass information between the Third Age Trust and all its members, and vice versa. For more information see www.u3asites.org.uk/west-midlands