One of the guiding principles of U3A Port Sorell is to ensure that cost does not preclude any of our “third age” community from participating in our programs. One way we do this not to charge course/activity fees in most cases. This means that for a modest annual membership fee, members are able to participate in a number of programs each term throughout the year.
We could not do this without the invaluable support of our activities through grants, sponsorship and other in kind support.
Port Sorell U3A gratefully acknowledges the following:
- Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF)
The independent community funding body, the Tasmanian Community Fund was established following the sale of the Trust Bank in 1999 to give back to the community the proceeds from the sale of a community asset. Since that time the TCF has allocated approximately $58.6m to approximately 1700 projects statewide.
We have received two grants totalling $6,625 from the TCF to cover the purchase of equipment to enable us to turn any of our venues from their existing purpose into a classroom environment suited to sharing of information. Specifically, the grant covers purchase of laptops, data projectors, screens, whiteboards and a contribution towards a printer for supporting tutors in producing material for various courses.
Further information on the Tasmanian Community Fund is available on their website www.tascomfund.org
- Latrobe Council
We have received a grant of $1500 from Council’s Community Grants program (Emerging Needs) to provide an office computer and printer to support the administration of U3A Port Sorell. This is absolutely critical to managing our membership information and communication with members.
Latrobe Council have played an important role in helping us establish our U3A and have appointed Cr Lesley Young as Council’s liaison with Port Sorell U3A .
- Bendigo Bank (Port Sorell Community Bank Branch)
Our new Community Bank Branch initially provided seed capital of $500 to help us promote the concept of U3A to the local community. Since then, a grant of $1,050has allowed us to design and produce a range of promotional material (including brochures and banners) to assist us increase awareness of U3A in the wider community.
Since June 2014 the Adam Brooks Group has made their building at 23 Burgess Way, Port Sorell available to U3A (at almost no cost) to utilise as our Office and Administration Centre and as a valuable facility to run many programs. This support has been vital to the operations of U3A in our formative years
We acknowledge and thank all those that have made their venues available to U3A at no cost . This not only enables us to actually run the classes but also contributes to us being able to offer fee-free programs. Those who have supported us include;
- Adam Brooks Group (providing the U3A Office)
- Castagni B&B
- Hawley House
- Port Sorell Primary School
- Port Sorell Fire Station
- Ghost Rock Winery
- Port Sorell Primary School
- Port Sorell Surflifesaving Club
- George and Daves Cafe
- Tempt Bakery
- Tranquilles B&B
- Rubicon Grove Aged Care
- Panatana Retirement Complex
- Tutors who ran classes in their own homes
Donations and Other in kind Support
The following have made financial or in kind contributions to setting up and sustaining U3A Port Sorell.
- Lions Club of Port Sorell