This forum is for those members of the U3A who share an interest in Accessibility .Please let us know what goes well at your U3A and where there is room for improvement. From the discussions here we hope to derive some good practice and to share information which might be useful more generally.
1. U3A Accessibility
The U3A has created the U3APlus programme to provide advice to U3A’s concerning accessibility and inclusivity.
2. Disabled persons railcard. 1/3 off rail fares for you and a friend for just £20 a year.
3. Cheddar U3A experimented with a spoken newsletter. Thanks to Marion Clements for this link.
4. Supporting Carers. Carers may feel isolated or lonely because, by putting the person they look after first, they no longer have the time to see other friends and family, or attend their local U3A. The website Carers Trust has a search facility for Carers Support in your own area – just enter your postcode.
5. Aberdeen is one of the U3A websites that have an Access tab giving information about accessibility to their group venues.
6. In Third Age Matters (Winter 2016) we learn that Cirencester U3A is producing a regular radio programme, which is available for all of us on their website The link to the programme is at the bottom of their home page. I have listened to this month’s programme and it is very well produced.
7. Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. You can visit their website for more information.
8. National Theatre The National Theatre offers substantial discounts to those with hearing difficulties and other disabilities, these discounts enable a choice of seats which might otherwise be limited by cost. The discount is available to the individual and a companion. To learn more follow National Theatre Access Programme
9.Stagetext.org provides details of captioned performances at the wide range of venues it supports.It can be found here Stagetext.org
10. Gatwick Airport wheelchair assistance. Freda Davis of Welshpool & District wrote in the TAT Feb magazine that wheelchair assistance at Gatwick airport can be prebooked. the facilities are at: