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Lifelong Learning / U3A

Stephen Donnelly TD speaks to a University of the Third Age / U3A group in Bray | Age Action Ireland

Age Action through the University of the Third Age network (U3A) helps bring lifelong learning to those in the third age. This is defined by a period in life in which full time employment has ceased.  Members form interest groups covering as wide a range of topics and activities as they desire; by the members, for the members.

No qualifications are sought or offered. Learning is for its own sake, with enjoyment being the prime motive, not qualifications or awards.

There are over 30 U3A groups operating throughout Ireland. Age Action facilitates and promotes the benefits of learning in later life along with providing support for new and existing groups.

Suas and Age Action Volunteer Literacy Programme

Age Action has teamed up with children's literacy charity, Suas, working to improve children's literacy.

We are recruiting 70 - 80 volunteers to support primary schoolchildren with their reading for 2 hours a week for 8 weeks from September to December 2018.

About Suas - Ireland's leading children's literacy charity.
Suas is Ireland’s leading charity to improve literacy for children in Ireland’s most disadvantaged schools. Over the last 5 years, we’ve provided one-to-one reading and maths support to 4,400 children and – with your help – we’re ready to support thousands more. Seventy-five percent of children who read poorly at age nine will struggle to read for the rest of their lives. Today, one in ten children in Irish schools have serious difficulty with reading or writing. However, in some disadvantaged schools this is as high as almost one in three students.

What will Age Action volunteers do?
Volunteers read with children in their school for 1 hour twice a week for a total of 8 weeks. Before going into schools, volunteers will complete a short training session. It is a requirement that all Suas volunteers are Garda vetted.

Where and when is this happening?
Suas delivers programmes in schools around Ireland. The following projects listed have been reserved for our wonderful Age Action volunteers! If these projects don’t suit, others are listed on our online application form.

Our Lady of Good Counsel, Drimnagh, D12: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
St Vincent's, North William St, D1: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 11 am - 12 pm
St Raphael's Primary, Ballyfermot, D10: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:10 am - 10:10 am
Christ the King, Cabra, D7: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

St Patrick's Infant, Gardiner's Hill, Cork: Days & Times TBC

St Saviour's NS, Ballybeg, Waterford: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-11am

Claddagh NS, Saint Dominic's Road, Galway: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm

Please note that the closing date for application forms is 14th September - We look forward to hearing from you!