University of the Third Age Lower North Inc., centred on South Australia’s beautiful Clare Valley, was formed in 2004. Although it initially enjoyed the support of Clare campus of TAFESA, it was officially homeless until the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council came to the rescue in 2009 with a small office at the Domain Internet Cafe. Thanks to Council's ongoing support, we now occupy 3 rooms within those premises at 204 Main Street, Clare: an office, small teaching space and larger teaching space which we have furnished to allow for a wide variety of activities. Drop in for information anytime you see the flag flying in front of our window. U3A Lower North continues to use several other venues to maintain its varied programme.
U3A is a non-profit, self-help, adult-education movement run by volunteers. Its aim is to provide affordable leisure education to over 50s no longer in full-time employment.
This age group has a great reservoir of skills, knowledge and experience. By sharing this knowledge free of charge, fees are kept to a minimum. Group leaders may be experts in their field or just committed to steering a group in the learning process. Generally courses are free but may attract a fee for materials or room hire. Courses are usually held during school term and length varies from one session or term to ongoing.
Our other priorities are fun and friendship. We provide learning in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The name University of the Third Age was inherited from our French founders but we don't take ourselves too seriously. There is a great feeling of fellowship from people free from the restraints of employment and child-raising who want to have a good time and make the most of their new-found leisure. Learning mixed with a few laughs and new friends is a healthy combination.
We acknowledge the support of Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council and, through U3A South Australia, DFEEST and the Dept for State Development.