Charity helps people to learn new skills

Pam Bennett and Elizabeth Bennett, who volunteer for U3A

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A CHARITY group is proving it is never too late to learn, with a host of courses to be found all over Swindon.

The University of the Third Age moved to its base at the Gorse Hill Community Centre in May this year and boasts one of the countries biggest branches, with more than 1,400 members.

For an annual fee of £30 the charity offers a wide range of learning opportunities for anyone who is out of work, and people can attend as many courses as they like.

Courses range from field archery to crochet and are all run by volunteers out of their own homes or at community centres across Swindon.

One of the volunteers, Elizabeth Bennett, said: “I think this is really wonderful, especially for older people.

“It is not only a chance to learn a new skill but also to get out of the house and meet new friends with similar interests.”

The charity is always looking for volunteers to help in the office or to run a group and its member are holding a fresher’s fayre on Saturday, August 31 at St Joseph’s College where all the courses will be on display.

“I think the price is excellent, and with that people can join any group we provide.

“If they don’t like it they don’t have to keep going they can find a different course that might be more for them,” said Elizabeth.

“We try to keep the learning as lighthearted as possible and a lot of the people come along just to have a good chat.”

For more information call 01793 614629 during office hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am and midday, or email office@swindonu3a.

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