Newcastle University of the Third Age moves into new home in Hamilton

NEWCASTLE University of the Third Age has a new home.

The non-profit organisation, known as U3A, gives retirees a place to share knowledge and become socially connected.

The Newcastle branch was set up in 1990 and now has 400 members.

After two years of moving from venue to venue due to the closure of community centres, including Civic Arcade and the Loft at the hands of Newcastle council, Newcastle U3A has a permanent base in Hamilton.

The new home at 21 Gordon Avenue, to be known as the Casablanca Community Hub, is a valuable resource that provides easy access for those with disabilities and allows U3A to install permanent equipment in a dedicated classroom.

The new space was funded entirely with the $45 student membership fees paid at enrolment.

Newcastle U3A acting president Anne Hayter said the organisation was relieved to have found a new home.

"Once you retire there's an intellectual gap that needs to be filled and U3A is a comfortable solution for seniors," she said.

The hub has spurred the introduction of new courses including Keeping the Marbles Rolling, a course designed to promote mental agility for seniors.

■ Enrolments for 2014 are now openand close on Tuesday, January 28. For details phone 4963 2029.

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