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Leeds chosen as the Northern Pilot for U3A’s new programme of workshops

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating Leeds being selected as the Northern pilot destination for a new range of workshops from the national charity U3A (University of the Third Age). The initial event will take place on the 12th and 13th February 2018 at the Met Hotel. This is the first of a new programme of training advice and networking opportunities run by the U3A national body – the Third Age Trust – who look after and support the movement’s 1,018 U3As.

U3A is a UK-wide movement, which brings together people in their third age to continue their learning and creative interests in a friendly and informal environment. Your third age is the period after finishing working full-time or raising a family, and therefore the individual has more time to pursue interests or try something new. The two-day event will see over 200 members visit Leeds for a range of workshops led by industry experts covering a number of important topics which include GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), safeguarding, EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) and insurance. The format will be a mix of plenary and break out sessions, with plenty of time for networking and discussion.

The workshops will be held in two locations; the first pilot will take place in Leeds, with the Southern Pilot taking place in Surrey in April. If the pilots are successful, the programme will be taken to further venues across the country.

ConferenceLeeds supported with bringing the event to the city by collating the preliminary information including venue and facility sourcing in line with attendee numbers and budget. ConferenceLeeds organised site visits and liaised with the venues on U3A’s behalf, using their expert knowledge of the city to secure The Met, a beautiful grade two listed building set right in the heart of Leeds. The Met is in an ideal location for attendees travelling from across the North, with it being just a short, three-minute walk from Leeds Train Station, providing links to all areas of the country.