U3A Swansea Guiding Principles.

Guiding Principles. 

U3As are guided by the following principles. 

1.    Programmes. 

  • U3A's offer learning activities which reflect members’ wishes and which aim to   satisfy the widest possible range of interests:  educational,  cultural, recreational, physical and  social. 
  • U3A's seek resources appropriate to their learning; from their own memberships; from the Trust’s national support systems;  and from outside organisations, both local and national.  
  • U3A's make use of new technologies as they become available. 

2.    Purpose, Styles and Methods of Learning. 

  • The pleasure of learning is a driving force in the work of U3As. 
  • U3As neither require nor award any qualifications.  
  • By sharing their learning, U3A members help one another to develop their knowledge, skills and experience. 
  • U3As arrange and support their own programmes as appropriate to their chosen learning activities. 
  • U3A members regard themselves as both learners and teachers. 

3.    Funding. 

  • U3As are funded in the main by the subscriptions of their members.  Funding from outside sources may be sought on occasions and is accepted only if there are no conditions attached which might conflict with the Trust’s aims and guiding principles. 
  • Members undertake themselves, without payment, the many and varied tasks necessary to run their U3A.  Usually, paid tutors are engaged only when special expertise is necessary to ensure the health and safety of members taking part in certain activities, when U3As do not have an appropriately qualified member available.  

4.  Reaching Out. 

  • U3As take every opportunity to promote the benefits of learning later in life and the attractions and advantages of the U3A way of learning.  They make membership available to the whole spectrum of older people in their communities.  
  • U3As keep in touch with members and former members who, for a variety of reasons, can no longer take part fully in U3A activities; in order to maintain their interest in learning and to offer friendly support, a fundamental part of U3A life.  
  • As appropriate, U3As offer voluntary assistance in learning activities to educational and cultural bodies in their communities. 
  • U3As collaborate with institutions such as museums, galleries, libraries, in learning partnerships in which both U3As and the institutions themselves may benefit through research, advancement of knowledge and mutual respect for capabilities. 
  • U3As engage with local and national government departments and other agencies that formulate lifelong learning policies and practices in order to influence those that relate particularly to learning in later life. 
  • U3As are ready to collaborate with institutions undertaking research into ageing and the position of older people in society. 

 5.  Association. 

  • U3As collaborate with each other to share expertise and facilities and offer systems of   support.  They may form themselves into regions or neighbourhood associations.  
  • U3As work, individually or together, to establish and support new U3As.
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