U3A is the University of the Third Age, which is the age of active retirement, coming after the age of youth and work and home making. University is a loose term - there are no academic requirements for membership and no exams.
U3A is a worldwide self-help organisation promoting learning for personal enjoyment and wellbeing. Keeping the brain active, doing interesting things and making new friends are essential for helping older people to maximise their chances of independence, and this is what U3A does very effectively. U3A is making a very substantial contribution to society by helping its members to remain healthy and active for longer.
U3A Brisbane is one of many similar U3A organisations in Australia. Formed in 1986, we are a totally volunteer organisation, and provide leisure and educational courses to local seniors. We have over 4000 members and offer more than 290 courses each term, all of these at a low cost.
Our City Campus classes are held at our own premises at 97 Creek Street Brisbane, and in leased rooms nearby at 232 Adelaide St Brisbane, just a short walk from bus, train or ferry. Other City Precinct classes are held at various locations in the CBD.
We also have classes in surrounding suburbs and districts - in Logan (our largest district outside the city), Southside, Northside, Westside and Wynnum.
TERM 4 CLASSES NOW OPEN
Class Schedule for Term 4 2019 is now available. Term 3 has finished and Term 4 commences on Tuesday 8th October.
To join a new class, enrol through the Class Search page by clicking on the Enrol button, or contact the tutor directly by email or phone. If you book online you may assume your enrolment is accepted unless the tutor advises otherwise.
If you are currently enrolled in a Term 3 class which you wish to continue attending in Term 4, you can use the Member Dashboard to re-enrol.
OFFICE HOURS DURING TERM BREAK
The Creek St office will be closed during the week commencing 23rd September. During the following week 30th September to 4th October the office will be open from 9am to 11am only. Adelaide St will be closed for the entire two weeks.
We wish all members, tutors and other volunteers an enjoyable break. Classes commence again on Tuesday 8th October.
SPECIAL EVENT - ORDINARY PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY ACTS, 31st OCTOBER
Courage to Care is a celebration of people who chose to stand up and confront discrimination and injustice – ordinary people who were extraordinary in their bravery and impact. It is a positive program which uses examples from the past to plant the seeds of awareness, understanding and empathy for others. The program focusses on the legacy of some of the heroes of the Holocaust during the rise to power of the Nazi Party in Germany and during WW11. They honour people like the Australian Aborigine William Cooper, the Japanese Consul Chiune Sugihara, the Bosnian Moslem Dervis Kurkut, the Englishman Sir Nicolas Winton, the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg and the Danish Nation. History comes alive with deeper meaning through listening to the testimony of a Holocaust Survivor who tells us about the bravery of the people who played a role in her/his rescue and survival. Participants then get an opportunity to reflect on what the courage of these heroes can teach us today about standing up to discrimination and injustice - not to be bystanders, but to make a difference whenever possible.
Peter Baruch, a Sugihara child survivor with be telling his story on Thursday, October 31 at 2.00 pm.
CODE OF CONDUCT
All members should be aware of U3A Brisbane's Code of Conduct. U3A Brisbane is built around interactions between people. All of us have roles here: as students/participants, tutors and group leaders, administrative coordinators and helpers, office staffers, committee and working group members. It's the communication and cooperation between all these parties that makes U3A Brisbane run so well. We need to keep it that way. We expect all members to adhere to the code in their own conduct, and we encourage you to report behaviour that is out of step with these expectations.
In any organisation from time to time, there may be disagreements, disputes or grievances. It is important that these are managed effectively and with care for all who may be involved. It is equally important that members who may have a grievance can readily identify the person in the organisation to whom the grievance is to be forwarded. The Committee has now appointed Rod as that person and there is a designated email address for members to use when necessary. Rod is a Social Worker (since 1978) and, until his retirement in 2014, was the Director of Professional Standards with the Anglican Church in Queensland. Please be assured that confidentiality will be maintained and no immediate action will be taken without discussion with aggrieved member. The Committee trusts that the process will be used wisely and will assist members in the resolution of any grievances that may arise in the future.
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