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Welcome to U3A Ballina/Byron

Our organisation is part of a world-wide learning movement for mature people that began in France in 1973.  U3A is short for University of the Third Age.  The ‘Third Age’ commences when the ‘First Age’ of childhood and youth, and the ‘Second Age’ of active employment, family raising and professional life draws to a close.

Don’t be put off by the title – it has nothing to do with our current idea of a University with its connotations of qualifications and prior studies; rather it conveys the concept of a group of people who wish to begin or continue learning for its own sake, to enlarge their horizons and pursue dreams and ambitions for which there has previously been no opportunity.

U3A Ballina/Byron Inc was formed after a public meeting on 25 March 1994, and operates as a supportive, inclusive, respectful and progressive organisation.  The majority of our members are retired or semi-retired, although U3A has no age limit.

We offer our members a wide range of classes and activities covering; Languages and Discussion Groups, Exercise and Wellbeing, Crafts, Games and Leisure activities.  Social events are an important part of the total U3A package.

U3A Ballina/Byron is run by a Management Committee elected from our membership. Our Tutors/Course Convenors and Office and Administration staff are all volunteers drawn from our membership.

We encourage you to join us and hope you enjoy your involvement with U3A Ballina/Byron.