Beaudesert U3A recruiting more tutors

UNIVERSITY: Beaudesert U3A members already engage in a wide range of activities, including croquet, photography and technology. Photo: George Evans
UNIVERSITY: Beaudesert U3A members already engage in a wide range of activities, including croquet, photography and technology. Photo: George Evans

BEAUDESERT University of the Third Age is on the lookout for members of the community who may have an interest or specific knowledge which they would be willing to share.

U3A president Andy Fechner said while their teachers give their time without payment, they all agree that it’s a great way to get out into the community and have a lot of fun doing something they enjoy.

“It could be a hobby, professional skill or activity that someone is willing to pass on to others,” he said. 

“Some suggestions include photography, drama, creative writing, pottery, chess or board games.

“The list of U3A courses is unlimited in various groups across Australia and we could well have someone in Beaudesert who could expand our offerings.”

He said that U3A comprised members aged generally over 50, either retired or semi-retired, who wanted to continue learning and experiencing new skills.

In Beaudesert, which included members from Jimboomba and surrounding areas, there were more than 200 members and a list of over 20 courses.

“Our tutors do not need formal qualifications, just a willingness to share their knowledge with others as members of U3A,” he said. 

“We’re happy to talk about either short or long courses; perhaps a six-week introduction to a subject or an ongoing commitment over an indefinite time.”

Local gardening enthusiast Liz Avery said being facilitator for  BUGs – Beaudesert U3A Gardeners – was rewarding.

“I always think you receive more than you give when you volunteer,” she said.

“Especially in such a welcoming group where everyone mucks in together.

“My husband and I are U3A members and we’re in several groups – he does guitar and I do Nordic walking, aquarobics and French. We enjoy being part of those groups, it’s very rewarding.”

Tutor for the Computers and all Things Technical classes George Evans said donating his time and expertise had helped him widen his circle of friends.

“We share knowledge and help each other to overcome problems with things technical, like tablets, TVs, computers, mobile phones, drones, cameras and telescopes,” he said.

“We meet every first and third Monday from 9.30am to midday at Centacare in Petersen Street and it costs $2 to help pay for the venue, tea, coffee and biscuits.”

Technology and croquet tutor George Evans says U3A has helped him learn new things as well as allowing him to help others.

Technology and croquet tutor George Evans says U3A has helped him learn new things as well as allowing him to help others.

Mr Evans, who also takes the croquet sessions on Monday mornings at Everdale Park, said tutoring keeps him mentally sharp and socially connected.

“Facilitating a group, keeps my mind active allowing me to continue learning about things I am interested in,” he said.

“Being a member of U3A provides me with a network of people I can draw knowledge and experience from to assist me in overcoming problems I may have from time to time.

“It also allows me to help other people who appreciate my help and has allowed me to make many new friends.

“When my wife and I first moved to the Scenic Rim Area, we were greeted by U3A members and assisted with settling into life locally.

“Joining and being a member of U3A is virtually at no cost and the cost of attending each activity that you have an interest in is usually a token amount of about $2.00.”

Anyone interested in discussing a possible course should contact course coordinator Laurel Fechner on 5541 2072 or ring the U3A mobile 0408 801 780.

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