Our aim is to provide a wide range of opportunities to come together to learn for fun, where members explore new ideas, skills and activities together. Our members draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other, but there are no qualifications to pass — it is just for pleasure. We do this through activity groups, of which we have around 50 operating now. These range over indoor, outside and Zoom activities, history, languages and the humanities, crafts, art and design, photography, technology, climate change and so on (click to see a full list). We also have monthly Topical Talks open to all the members of HGS U3A. We have around 450 members, mostly in Hampstead Garden Suburb, but also many in surrounding areas of North London.
Formed in 2017, we are now a charitable incorporated organisation (known as a CIO), run by a group of nine volunteer trustees, volunteer group leaders, and other volunteers. We are one of over 1,000 independent u3as in the country under the umbrella of the Third Age Trust. The trustees are elected by the members at our Annual General Meeting for a term of three years and they appoint the officers, who are the Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Trustee meetings are held six times a year with additional meetings as necessary.
We are always looking for new members (click for details of how to join) and new ways in which to engage our existing members.