Have your say about the u3a movement!

The Trust is in the early stages of developing a strategy to guide the future work of the u3a movement and wants to hear from u3a members about what you see as the priorities going forward and the targets we should be setting ourselves.

This survey is part of a wider consultation process to ensure that a relevant and bold strategy is developed by u3a members for u3a members.

Your responses will be anonymous and the findings of the consultation process will be reviewed by the end of the year with firm proposals being developed early next year.

This short survey seeks your views on four initial aims which you can access here (or https://www.u3a.org.uk/about/vision#future).

Please note these are DRAFT aims, and reflect early thinking. You may not agree with these aims. You may have ideas for additional or substitute aims. Or you may think these are exactly what is needed. Whatever your thoughts, we look forward to hearing them. We encourage you to focus your feedback on the sentiment of the aims, and not the specific wording.

If you would like to make any further comments, please email: strategy@u3a.org.uk

Thanks in advance for sharing your views!
The initial four aims of the strategy are:
  1. Supporting an Engaged, Strong and Vibrant Movement
  2. Making u3a Membership an Attractive Opportunity for all Retired People
  3. Developing the u3a Voice
  4. Maximising the u3a Learning Model



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* Overall, how relevant to you, as a u3a member, do you feel these initial aims of the strategy are?

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* Do you feel there are any aims missing from the initial list of aims?

Now you are invited to provide more detailed views about each initial aim in turn. You may want to consider the following questions:
  • Do you think this is a valid aim?
  • Do you support the sentiment of this aim?
  • Do you think the descriptors adequately explain or match the aim?
  • What else would you include?
  • Would you remove/change any of the descriptors?

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* Please provide your comments about AIM 1

AIM 1: Supporting an Engaged, Strong and Vibrant Movement

Examples include, the Third Age Trust could:-
  • Provide foundation and structural support
    • legal advice
    • insurance
    • an operational advice line/ email
    • support in difficult or complex situations/mediation
    • workshops and training
  • Provide a platform for u3as to share their experiences/ successes/ skills
  • Provide a platform for innovation and development

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* Please provide your comments about AIM 2

AIM 2: Making u3a Membership an Attractive Opportunity for All Retired People

Examples include, the Third Age Trust could:-
  • Promote membership of u3as
    • attractive and engaging website national and local
    • social media engagement
    • national awareness campaign
  • Provide a range of opportunities and service for individual as members of the movement
    • learning opportunities
    • voice opportunities
    • products and services
    • programmes and community engagement

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* Please provide your comments about AIM 3

AIM 3: Developing the u3a Voice

Examples include, the Third Age Trust could:-
  • Provide a platform to demonstrate the productivity and creativity of retired people locally, regionally, nationally
  • Engage with u3as and u3a members in conferences, consultations and policies to change the narrative on ageing
  • Develop partnerships with like-minded organisations to promote the productivity and creativity narrative

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* Please provide your comments about AIM 4

AIM 4: Maximising the u3a Learning Model

Examples include, the Third Age Trust could:-
  • Document the u3a learning model
  • Promote the model within the u3a movement
  • Develop the Shared Learning Programme
  • Contribute to the development of peer-led learning with like minded organisations

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* Overall, do you think these aims are ambitious or visionary enough?

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* What do you think is the most important ONE thing that should be included in this strategy?

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* Please provide any final comments about the strategy and initial aims not addressed above

To finish, we'd like to know a little bit more about you. This information will not identify you as an individual, and you will remain anonymous, but will help us to understand the profile and diversity of survey respondents as a group and better interpret the outcomes.

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* For how many years have you been a u3a member?

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* In which region or nation is your local u3a located?

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* Which of these best describes the area where you live?

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* At which level(s) have you experienced formal education? (Mark all that apply)

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* How would you describe your employment status?

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* What is your age?

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* What is your gender?

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* What is your ethnic group?

Thank you for your time!

Please email strategy@u3a.org.uk if you have any other questions or comments about the strategy.

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