Early history of the vU3A

Origins

In 2003 there was a small group of U3A members who proposed a 'Virtual' U3A for people who, for one reason or another, could not attend meetings of conventional local U3A groups. Using the Internet would make it possible for such people to benefit from a Virtual University of the Third Age, or vU3A.

Progress

It took a surprisingly long time to germinate and get something established to serve the vU3A. What we all wanted to create was something of the facilities and atmosphere of a typical U3A group – but on the Internet.

First members

A group of pioneers now set to work, seeking to establish the viability of a vU3A by pursuing projects designed to be worked on collaboratively. It was to prove interesting to witness the success of these various experiments in bringing together a group of strangers from various parts of the world, a process which in some cases has led to lasting friendships.

Move to become a U3A group

The vU3A is now an independently run U3A group affiliated to The Third Age Trust just like any other.

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