Interest Group Co-ordinators
Interest groups are the lifeblood of a U3A. At Heswall U3A we value the time, enthusiasm and efforts that our group coordinators make. The Heswall U3A Management Committee have put together a handbook to offer advice, best practice and information to support our interest groups. The handbook is addressed to our coordinators and provides a source of information for anyone - starting a new group, hoping to enliven a group that has become stale, or working with a group that continues to thrive. The handbook is made up of the following sections:
- Shared Learning - The role of the group coordinator is to guide the group through a course of study in which they may, or may not, lead the learning. Most people prefer a democratic style of leadership; responsibility is shared with the group and all members are expected to play an active part. This section highlights the principles of shared learning and includes information about starting a group and sustaining groups
- Always remember as a group coordinator you are not alone. There is a wide range of support from within Heswall U3A, the Deeside & Wirral U3A Network and the North West Region of U3As which is outlined in the section Support Available Locally.
- The section on Support Services provided by the Third Age Trust outlines the wide range of support available nationally to groups.
- It is a good idea to keep a logbook to record the group’s activities and keep the many bits of information that accumulate and often are lost, such as contacts, programmes, plans, ideas gleaned from other group leaders or other U3As, articles etc. This will grow into a useful resource, both for planning ahead and for a possible handover to a new group coordinator.
- It is useful from time to time to read the Aims and Guiding Principles of the Third Age Trust to remind ourselves what U3A is about.