Newtownabbey, Larne and Carrickfergus 

County Antrim,  Northern Ireland


East Antrim

The next General Meeting will be held on Monday 16th January 2017 in Joymount Presbyterian Church Hall, Carrickfergus, at 2.00 pm. BRING & BUY – there will be a Bring & Buy Sale; so bring your unwanted Christmas Gifts with a price already on. All proceeds to Funding Neuro.

The speaker is Aisleen Hamill from The Alzheimer Society and the title of the talk is "Dementia Awareness and 'Side by Side'".


Monthly Activity Programme click here

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Feb 6   New date
Jan 18
Feb 13
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Jan 19
Jan 19
Jan 16
Jan 26  Now pm
Jan 24/27
Jan 20

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We are a registered charity. Northern Ireland charity number: NIC103317.

Latest news                                 Last updated 5 June 2015                                         


Last update 16 January 2017


Happy Christmas everyone

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are currently conducting a market study to find out if people have experienced a consumer protection issue with a care home.

The CMA want to hear from you if you or your relatives feel you may have been treated unfairly by a care or nursing home – this could be because you have concerns about the fairness of the care home’s contract (terms and conditions) or because you think the care home has behaved in an unfair or misleading way, before or after you moved in.

Whilst the CMA market study website states the closing date for submissions is Monday 16th January, they have confirmed they are happy to receive submissions after this date.

Please note this market study is being conducted by the CMA and if you wish to take part or require further info, please contact

*Study Title: The development of a Core Outcome Set (COS) for use in interventions aimed at improving appropriate polypharmacy in older people in primary care*

Queen’s University Belfast are looking for people to participate in the above named study. You have been invited to participate because we would like to get your views on the prescribing of many medicines in older people.

If you would like to know more about this, click here.

Who's calling - Levels of cold calls and scams of older people in Northern Ireland. A report by COPNI. Click this link to read.

File: COPNI scams report web.pdf

Pictures from the Christmas Party

Some members enjoying the Christmas buffet

Singing Group


Jack McKinney storytelling

Line dancing

The Italian Group singing


Photographs courtesy of Harry Bates.


Harry read a couple of his poems at the Christmas party and we have had a few enquiries about them.

Click here for details.

Sources magazine

The educational publication of the U3A editted by Phyllis Hughes.

For further information on anything below please email

The Editor would like to hear from your U3A

A variety of subjects will be covered by Sources magazine during 2017 and editor Phyllis Hughes would like to hear from your groups specialising in these areas.

The summer edition will cover food and drink appreciation, antiques and international exchanges.

The autumn edition will look at the different ways of running a creative writing group.

Please let relevant group leaders know that these topics are coming up and encourage them to contribute their articles and pictures to the magazine.

Journalists & photographers wanted

Once again photographic groups may like to submit pictures relevant to these areas, or indeed any shots they are particularly proud of.

If there are other activities or items that you think are interesting then they would also be welcomed. In the forthcoming new year edition there is an article about Historic England’s search for information about some of their iconic buildings and another about cinema organs for instance.


This may be of interest to some members.

I thought this workshop might be of interest to U3A members, on 21st January 8757

Sarah Hughes is the contact for these events and you can get her on 07905 276 399 for further information.

Regards, Gabrielle Deans, Regional Secretary.