Happy new year from the Beacon Team

Happy new year to all Beacon U3As from the Beacon Team and the Third Age Trust.


On 18 November, we held a successful and well-attended Beacon Team Training Day in Birmingham and a further such session is being planned for March. These sessions allow the volunteer Beacon Team, who are based across the UK, to introduce new team members, share best practice and keep up-to-date with changes.

Following the announcement of APT as the proposed partner to work with us on the Beacon Upgrade Project, meetings were held with U3A members at their offices. For the first meeting, members having registered their interest at being involved were invited to attend or watch online. The second meeting saw a representative sample of local U3As attend. Both meetings comprised a short presentation from APT followed by a round-table discussion, the results of which have been fed into the discovery phase of the project.

Throughout November and December APT have been working closely with the Beacon Upgrade Project Working Group. APT have produced a Project Foundation Document which is being reviewed in detail by the Working Group, including over the Christmas break, in preparation for further discussion in January.

A Beacon Upgrade Project Working Group meeting was held last week, and another is set for 13 January, with detailed discussion taking place with APT meanwhile.

The Beacon Upgrade Project is therefore still running according to plan and we expect to move to development, testing, training, documentation and pilot in the coming months.

Please continue to refer to the dedicated Beacon website for project updates.