University of the Third Age


University of the Third Age groups are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people who are no longer in full-time employment. They provide opportunities to their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups. The St Helens U3A was formed in September 2010, with the intention of involving local retired or semi-retired people to be able to go forward into a healthy and exciting future.


  • General meeting, usually on the second Wednesday (10.30am to 12.30) of the month held at the The World of Glass, including general updates and guest speakers
  • Coffee morning – a more informal monthly event to discuss and sign up for groups and outings – held on the fourth Wednesday of the month (10.30 to 12.30) at the Reflection Suite, World of Glass
  • Groups based around various activities including art, badminton, craft, dance, digital photography, I.T., discussion, French, German, Latin, poetry, gardening, music appreciation, choirs, recorder, science, tai chi, history, walking and scrabble.

How to Access

Membership forms are available online and at general meetings and coffee mornings. Most groups are held in or around St Helens town centre and a small charge applies to attend each group and for the annual membership.

Type of Organisation

St Helens University of the Third Age is a registered charity. Registered Charity Number: 1145707