Crewkerne & District U3A member Val Warren is helping the organisation to grow in West Cornwall. Val who represents the six U3As in South Somerset who form the Avalon network, was called in by South West region trustee Jill Nicholls, to run an induction workshop in Truro.
The workshop which was financed by the Third Age Trust, the national representative body for the U3A was attended by 13 delegates, from five different U3As in an area of Cornwall covering Lands End to Wadebridge. Val Warren and others like her are helping to set up new U3As by troubleshooting any problems that may arise and suggesting the best way to deal with them. Delegates at the induction workshop looked at 13 case studies, which covered issues ranging from dealing with a disruptive member of a committee to dealing with a group of people chatting among themselves, during a talk given by a guest speaker. Val said: “They were based on true incidents I have encountered. However, I changed the names.”
Val who has run many other similar workshops, also took the delegates through the main duties and responsibilities of being a trustee and the steps they need to take to help establish a new U3A. Feedback on the induction workshop, the first of its kind to be organised in West Cornwall, was 100 per cent positive. Val said: “It was a very busy day and what pleased me was that it generated lots of discussion among the delegates. From the feedback I received, it seems what they most valued was the opportunity to learn about other people in U3As, who are encountering the same problems.”