New age of learning

Vice-chairwoman Cheryl Cundall said unlike the end-of-month meetings where guest speakers addressed the group, the mid-month addition featured general interest activities chosen by members.

The first of the new meetings was recently held at the Wanneroo Recreation Centre and included a discussion group on the influence of social media on society.

The group�s steering committee formed a week after it was suggested at a City of Wanneroo senior�s forum last year and its inaugural meeting was held a month later.

U3A Wanneroo has since provided residents who are over 50 and not working full-time the chance to learn.

�An enthusiastic group of people has turned an idea into a reality,� Ms Cundall said.

She said numbers at meetings varied from about 15 to 30 people and the group�s membership had slowly grown to 22 people.

�Members enjoy learning for personal enjoyment and satisfaction, listening to interesting speakers, the fellowship of like-minded people, the convenience of a local venue, low fees, afternoon tea and the option of attending meetings hosted by other U3A groups,� she said.

�A variety of stimulating topics are addressed in an informal environment. There are no essays, exams or certificates because U3A�s focus is on learning for pleasure.�

The group wants Wanneroo to become the 10th constituted region of U3A in WA and to continue to engage speakers to share their knowledge to better their own.

�Speakers have been well received and topics have been diverse and informative,� she said.

The next meeting will be held at Wanneroo Recreation Centre, Scenic Drive at 1.30pm on Thursday with speaker Joy George on myths about infection control in aged care facilities.

Visitors are welcome and it costs $2, including afternoon tea. For more information, call Cheryl on 9306 1621.