I'm Jean Walker - Vice President of Glenorchy U3A

We are a very recently established (2008) U3A in the city of Glenorchy, near Hobart in Tasmania, Australia.

Membership: Around 100 and growing

Range of Activities: We presently run 12 courses of ten weeks' duration over three terms. These include Tai Chi; a Book Discussion group; Meditation; Computer Skills; Art Group; Collecting; Great Scientific Discoveries; The Literature of Henry Lawson; Travels with a Camera; Maps and Map Making.

We hope to extend these next term as we have just obtained the permanent use of new premises in a local high school where we will have three classrooms, a kitchen and an office. We are looking forward to moving in and getting settled there. We were lucky enough to win a government grant for furniture and equipment.

What I like best about my U3A: the friendships and camaraderie, which have developed between members and the stimulation of continuing to learn and study at every age and stage of life.

My personal message: There are so many positive spin offs from being part of a U3A from mental and physical wellbeing to creating new friendships and gaining new knowledge and skills - all at a bargain price!