NEW SKILLS: Marcia Skaines, of Lismore, joins the U3A at the open day at the Lismore Workers Club in Lismore.
NEW SKILLS: Marcia Skaines, of Lismore, joins the U3A at the open day at the Lismore Workers Club in Lismore. Marc Stapelberg

Social and skill-building classes for seniors start this Friday

LEARN a language, do photography, become a comfortable computer user or simply join in on social outings as part of the University of the Third Age classes and groups for seniors.

The University of the Third Age (U3A) Open Day held today gave new members the chance to see what it's all about, and current members the chance to catch up with each other.

U3A Secretary Pat MacLaren-Smith said this event may have been the busiest yet, with a full carpark and packed Lismore Workers Club Auditorium from start to finish.

"It's been very successful. It gets around by word of mouth, and people who are new to the area ... it's the first thing they look for when they come to town," she said.

New member Marcia Skaines said she was keen to meet new people and keep her mind active.

"After a year retired and volunteering for Our Kids, I'd like to mix with people my age," she said.

"I'm thinking of signing up for Italian. I've done a bit of it but I'd like to advance my knowledge.

"I'm also looking at whatever else is around in social activities."

Ms MacLaren-Smith said she will be attending some classes herself, including the Computer Users Group, the Friday discussion forum, and perhaps one or two more classes.

Computer Users Group convenor Glennys Gow said her classes were catered to low-skilled or high-skilled computer users.

"It ranges from people who really only know how to switch on a computer, through to very experienced people," she said.

"What we find is people learn something from every single class they attend.

"And sometimes, something new to everybody comes along, such as Windows 10, so it's very helpful to have someone guiding you through it."

The first class for Term One begins this Friday.

New members are welcome to sign up and join a class all year round.

In Term One there are 40 classes on offer.



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