Supporting the U3A community

In the light of the situation relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have been looking at ways in which the Beacon community can help all U3As to continue to support their members during this difficult time.

We have decided to extend the Beacon User Forum to all U3As, regardless of whether or not they are using Beacon yet, so that it can be used as a place for U3A members to share ideas and support each other.

As such, you will notice a number of changes to the Forum you know and love in the coming weeks:

The name of the Forum will change to the U3A Support Forum, powered by the Beacon community

A number of new forums will be created alongside the existing Beacon forum for members to discuss a range of topics including:

  • Supporting U3As through COVID-19
  • Keeping in touch with your members
  • Keeping learning going in U3As

Members from the wider U3A movement will be invited to join the forum and participate in discussions

Beacon users will still have a dedicated space to discuss matters relating to using Beacon, and the forum generally will continue to be driven by the participation of its users

Please do get involved in all areas of discussion on the forum – your expertise, knowledge and ideas are valuable and we want to enable you to share them

If you are interested in becoming a Forum Moderator, send an email to and we’ll be in touch