On the 22nd March from 2.00pm – 4.00pm Moseley and Kings Heath District (MKHD) u3a, supported by creative social enterprise Community Catalysts are running a workshop.
We want to use the workshop to bring people together, both existing members and new people representing diverse communities. We will use the workshop to:
- get to know each other
- look at ways of increasing the diversity of MKHD u3a by encouraging collaboration with and participation from all sectors of the local community
- reflect on how u3a might include and benefit more and different people
- think about how we might all work together in the future
What this is all about?
u3a is a national charity that has local branches which focus on people in their third age. The ‘third age’ is defined by a time of life (not necessarily chronological) where one has the opportunity to undertake learning for its own sake. There is no minimum age, but the focus is on people who are no longer in full-time employment or raising a family. u3a provides informal learning and social opportunities set up and run by their members. MKHD u3a serves south west Birmingham and has approximately 520 members. In addition to talks and social activities, they currently run and support 65 interest groups who meet regularly with a focus on a diverse range of topics and activities from art appreciation to cycling, international cuisine to French conversation.
MKHD u3a would love to extend its membership and diversity to reflect the local community, to include new and different people and to expand activities to establish new and different interest groups. They would also like to think about how they can engage people who are digitally excluded and create safe online spaces for learning within a Covid context. The group would like to work with others to become a greater facility for wider community connection and development in south west Birmingham for the benefit of current and potential members.
For more information contact: Sara Meyer, co-chair MKHD u3a:
This project is being supported by Community Catalysts’ Valuable and Vulnerable Project, ensuring that people who are shielding as a result of Covid can continue to contribute and use what they are good at.