The University of the Third Age – Port Sorell

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The University of the Third Age – Port Sorell (Port Sorell U3A) provides a broad range of ongoing educational and social programs to attract, challenge and involve people aged over 50 from the greater Port Sorell area. Participants interact through a program of learning, social and recreational activities that offer stimulation and development and support their well-being, as well as their physical and mental health.

Each year Port Sorell U3A provides more than 600 sessions covering up to 40 courses and activities. Courses include history, art, philosophy, literature, cooking, healthy ageing, understanding anxiety, using technology, mathematics, languages, music, photography, world religions, kings and queens of England, bridge, mah-jong, sudoku, card games, crafts, scrabble, botany, and sign language. There are also leisure activities including yoga, stronger seniors (exercise), petanque and croquet, as well as movie, reading and walking groups. Each term it also runs one-off seminars, often around the anniversary of major events like Waterloo, Gallipoli, the sinking of the Titanic, and Fromelles. These seminars have also included topics as diverse as astronomy, birdwatching and conservation, efficient use of heat pumps and solar, off-road driving, and bringing live theatre to the region.

To support the delivery of the courses and activities the Tasmanian Community Fund has provided support to enable Port Sorell U3A to purchase a variety of audiovisual and training equipment including laptops, data projectors and whiteboards. This equipment provides Port Sorell U3A with the opportunity to deliver courses and activities across multiple venues and timeslots, provide diversity and ensure the ongoing effective delivery and development of the program for their regional community.