Start a U3A

Step one
• Find a few friends with the same intention.
• For help contact a nearby Local U3A for help through this website.
• Go to download, Starter Kit and other resources from the U3A Resources Page >

Step two
• Set a date for a public meeting to see what support there is
• Hire a venue for a public meeting and organise refreshments
• Advertise the meeting widely. Ask for a Gold Coin donation [or similar] to defray expenses.
• Arrange for someone from the Auckland U3A Network or from a nearby U3A to speak to the meeting, outlining what U3A is and answering questions about it.
• Depending on the level of interest, the meeting may like to decide that a U3A be established and may elect a small steering committee to get things going.
Auckland U3A Network or a nearby U3A may continue to provide help and advice where needed.

Ideas for the Steering Committee
• Read the Starter Booklet on the U3A [Resources] page.
• Set up an email address with gmail or some such but using an individuals email is not trasferrable. 

• Decide on a name for your U3A
• Set up banking.
• Decide how publicity will be organised?
• Decide how to get your Special Interest / Study groups started. 

Moving Forward
• Publicity is important at this stage to increase your membership.
• Put up posters in public places.
• Make pamphlets available in public places.
• Run a promotion day in a public place.
• Use a large banner outside your meeting place and /or at promotion days. See documents and resources on the U3A Resources Page >

Starting Study Groups
• Make it clear at the outset to new members that involvement in these groups is a condition of membership. There are lots of other organisations for Seniors which do not require this which may suit them better.
• New members can be asked to choose two or three groups listed on the registration form. The conveners of those groups can then approach the new member to offer a welcome, a lift to their first meeting, etc.