Newtownabbey, Larne and Carrickfergus 

County Antrim,  Northern Ireland


East Antrim

U3A, as it is known by its members, is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment, providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.  It consists of local U3A branches all over the world, which are run entirely by their own members.

Local U3As use the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership.   A general committee exercises a loose overall control, though activity groups are semi-autonomous under their own direction.

Groups meet on a weekly, monthly or occasional basis for educational, cultural and social purposes. The main objective is to provide a variety of physical and mental stimulation for those who join.

U3A is short for University of the Third Age, in which the term University is used in the broadest sense meaning the University of Life. The U3A approach to learning is for fun, not qualifications. There is no formal approach to learning.

Our U3A in East Antrim is one of the more recently formed in Northern Ireland. It is our aim to offer regular socially based activities run largely in daylight hours, to enable members to meet with friends and to make new ones.

As our branch grows in numbers, the range of activities available is growing, to appeal to a membership with widening life experiences.

If you would like to know more, please contact any committee member.

The annual membership fee is only £20, though inevitably further costs will occur for some individual activities. All organised activities are fully insured.

There is a monthly general meeting as well as group meetings.


About Us

How the branch started - click here.

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