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Note that all of our face-to-face classes are currently in abeyance because of Covid-19.

During the current crisis, we are circulating a weekly newsletter to our members and beyond – around 1,000 people in total. You can read these newsletters on our newsletter page. Our latest newsletter was sent out on 24th November. If you would like to receive the newsletters yourself, just sign up.

We are also providing all sorts of home-based activities for you to do within the comfort of your home.

Our latest statement of our forward plans in the context of Covid-19 was issued on 3rd November, updated on 10th November and repeated here. With the Covid-19 restrictions now beginning to ease, we have begun thinking about the way forward. In the coming weeks, we will update you with our plans as they develop. Here is an overview of our thinking to date.

  1. No face-to-face classes will recommence indoors over the balance of Term 4, 2020. Rather, these classes will continue using Zoom and email.
  2. None of the Council venues are currently open, nor do they yet have dates for re-opening. We have just begun to have discussions with the Council about re-opening plans.
  3. Our aim is for Term 1, 2021 to be as normal as possible, with face-to-face classes resuming. Zoom classes will still be possible. Plans will be developed with tutors in the coming weeks. When classes do re-start, many of them will have to move venues because of social distancing rules.
  4. The Nillumbik U3A membership fee for 2021 is $50. However, the Committee realises that, due to the pandemic, not all members have had an opportunity to participate in classes during 2020. So for the year 2021 only, as a gesture of goodwill, we are offering the option of a reduced fee of $25. It is your free choice whether you pay $25 or $50. Associate membership will remain at $25.
  5. Our complete Term 1 program will be announced in December, at which point enrolments will commence.

During the current crisis, our Office will remain closed at all times. You can still contact us by phone (0468 300 764) or email (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au).

Nillumbik U3A President, Guy Palmer, was recently interviewed by Geoff Paine, long term Eltham resident, curator of the Stories From The Shire Facebook page, and actor on Neighbours(!). Watch the resulting video.

Quite a lot of photos of our activities are included in the video.

Guy's is one of a series of recent interviews with local community groups conducted by Geoff. Other interviews include:

Nillumbik U3A provides a wide range of courses including languages, physical activities, cards & puzzles, and classes related to music, art, literature, history, science and more. Our courses are open to all retired and semi-retired people. We currently have around 650 members enrolled in around 75 different courses. There are no entry requirements and no exams. All those involved in the U3A are volunteers. Our membership is just $50 a year and participation in classes is then free.

U3A stands for University of the Third Age – the time of active retirement from full time employment. The term ‘University’ is used in its original sense as a community of people sharing ideas and knowledge. There are no exams, entry levels or qualifications necessary to participate and no awards are given. All you need to bring to our classes are your life experiences. With ageing populations, the U3A movement is rapidly spreading in many parts of the world. Victoria now has around 100 U3As in both urban and rural areas.

During the current crisis, our Office will remain closed at all times. You can still contact us by phone (0468 300 764) or email (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au).
Nillumbik U3A Office, Old Eltham Courthouse, Brougham Street & Main Road, Eltham, 3095.
Mondays & Thursdays, 10am-midday in term time only (see term dates).

Nillumbik U3A is indebted to the following organisations for their financial contributions over the years.