Happy new year from the Beacon Team

Posted Posted in Beacon Upgrade

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, […]

Meeting a winning team

Posted Posted in News

In the second month of her Advice and Volunteer Manager role,  Jane Bailey went on a learning journey when she was invited to meet the Beacon Team in Birmingham. Jane said, “I had the great pleasure of spending the day with thirty-three of the Beacon volunteers on a rare team day together and learnt so […]

“The source of all member information”

Posted Posted in Testimonial

Beacon site administrator Andy from Canterbury and District U3A explains what led his U3A to implement Beacon and how they have benefited.   Canterbury & District have been Beacon users since December 2017. In common with many long-established U3As, in the early days we did admin with spreadsheets.  Later, we progressed to a Microsoft Access […]

U3A partners with APT

Posted Posted in Beacon Upgrade

The Third Age Trust is delighted to announce its partnership with APT Solutions Ltd to deliver the Beacon Upgrade project. Following a recommendation by the Beacon Upgrade Working Group the Trust Board of Directors approved the appointment of APT and the beginning of work in the coming weeks. APT are a specialist provider of software […]

Managing financial accruals with Beacon

Posted Posted in Beacon Support

Following my last notes in the Beacon Newsletter on using the Beacon Finance Package, where I presented a case for using a membership ledger in order to keep the current account uncluttered. Another area of the Finance Package which gets a bad press is its lack of ability to deal with accruals. In my discussions […]

“Beacon: Efficient, Reliable and Fast”

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Membership Secretary of Chalfonts U3A, Val, tells Beacon News how the system has helped her in her role.   Three words to describe Beacon: Efficient, Reliable and Fast. As the Membership Secretary of a new, and rapidly growing, U3A I was so pleased to find Beacon. Our data was moved into it very quickly by the […]

A day in the life of a Beacon Supporter

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We thought that an idea of a “typical” example of a Beacon Supporter’s activity might both be of interest and assistance to anyone considering joining our small friendly team. So, here is a general example of John’s schedule.   As members of the Beacon team we have a specific personalised email address.  This ensures that […]