This month chairman Phyllis Hughes explains why the committee is taking a look at waiting lists.
People join the U3A mainly to sign up to an interest group. Although there are many other activities available at regional and national level, members usually want to join a local group and pursue a subject.
How disappointing then to pay your money and then find that the groups you wanted to join are full.
The policy of the U3A nationally is that we strive not to have waiting lists. All U3As are there for anyone who wants to join, so that they can continue to learn for as long as they want.
This is the same for our interest groups where popular ones should be available to those who are keen to take part.
In line with this your committee is currently looking at how many of our groups have waiting lists, how many people are affected and how the committee might address the situation.
If you are a leader whose group has reached bursting point, or a member who is longing to get involved in one particular area please let us know. We would welcome suggestions for how to solve these problems.
Perhaps we could start a second group? Or change the venue? Or run two sessions a month for different members according to their skills?
I look forward to hearing your comments. In the meantime the committee will be gathering information so we know what issues need to be addressed.