Myrtle­ford to ex­plore U3A branch at se­nior cit­i­zens dis­cus­sion group

Myrtleford Times - - News -

MYRTLE­FORD’S older peo­ple are be­ing en­cour­aged to at­tend a dis­cus­sion on Tues­day to ex­plore the de­vel­op­ment of a ‘Uni­ver­sity of the Third Age’ in the com­mu­nity.

‘U3A’, as it’s known, builds op­por­tu­ni­ties for se­niors and re­tirees to share their ex­ten­sive and col­lec­tive knowl­edge and skills with each other.

Bright al­ready has a wellestab­lished branch with 218 mem­bers – the largest num­ber per capita of any com­mu­nity in Vic­to­ria – and Mount Beauty U3A is nip­ping at its heels with 160 mem­bers.

U3A of­fers in­for­mal, term-based pro­grams to en­able older peo­ple to so­cialise, share knowl­edge and learn from one an­other.

Alpine Shire Coun­cil has en­gaged Pore­punkah’s Jan Mock to con­vene the dis­cus­sion.

She said the idea of form­ing a Myrtle­ford U3A branch had come about as a re­sult of Alpine coun­cil’s am­bi­tion to en­cour­age more ac­tiv­i­ties in the com­mu­nity’s Se­nior Cit­i­zens’ Cen­tre and so cre­ate a vi­brant com­mu­nity space.

The talk will take place on Tues­day (Oc­to­ber 24) in Myrtle­ford Se­nior Cit­i­zens’ Cen­tre at 11 Smith Street at 2pm.

Any­one with an in­ter­est was wel­come to at­tend and con­trib­ute to the dis­cus­sion.

Ed­i­tor’s note: In our en­thu­si­asm to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of a Myrtle­ford U3A branch we last week re­ported that Jan Mock was a for­mer Alpine coun­cil­lor. She worked for the coun­cil be­tween 2007 and 2016.

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