On this page you will find information about:
Study Group Leaders
Study Groups are at the heart of our U3A, and are organised and arranged by members according to their interests. Some are taught by an expert in the field, but most are about learning through the sharing of the knowledge and experiences of group members. They all follow the philosophy of the U3A which is that there is no distinction between the learners and the teachers; they are all U3A members.
You can see a full list of all our current Study Groups, and which ones have vacancies, on the Groups List page. There are over 60 to choose from!
Some of the Groups listed are Joint Groups with other local U3As. These may be led by someone from our U3A or from one of the other local U3As, but if you are a member of Watford Park U3A you are welcome to join.
Some groups are open to all members of WPU3A so you don't have to join up for those, e.g. the Theatre Group, the Outings Group and the Garden Group. Many of the events run by these are popular and tend to be restricted in number to the capacity of a coach. Events are usually run on a first come first served basis so do read the Newsletter or watch the website for advertisements of upcoming events.
If your area of interest is not represented, why not start a new group? Just contact the Study Group Coordinator who will be pleased to provide advice on getting started should you need some assistance. It may seem like a daunting idea, but be assured that it isn't that bad, and there is lots of support available to help you.
Many groups meet in members’ homes, while some groups use other local venues accommodation. In some cases there may be a small charge to cover the costs of the venue hire, and/or the provision of refreshments.
If the Group you are interested in is full, it will probably have a waiting list that you can join. If the waiting list gets too long an additional Group can be formed once the numbers make this viable. Alternatively if a Group is full and there is no waiting list, you can start a new one! There may well be other members who are interested but have not formally registered their interest. It is always worth a conversation with the Study Group Coordinator.
If you click on any of the Groups listed on the Groups List page this will take you to that Group's web page where you will see some information about the activities of the Group. At the top right of each Group Page is an icon which allows you to contact the Group Leader by email to obtain more information.
Study Group Leaders
Leading a Study Group may initially seem like a daunting idea, but rest assured that there is plenty of help and support available, and it is a great way to meet new people and to give something to your local community. You do not have to be an expert in a subject to lead a Study Group. The only real requirement is to have an interest in the subject and to be willing and able to organise meetings of the group - usually only once a month, but some groups do meet more frequently.
If you are willing to 'give it a go' have a look first at our Advice for Study Group Leaders page, or drop a note to the Study Group Coordinator who will be pleased to talk you through what it all means.