The City of Port Phillip is an inner urban area in Melbourne Victoria.
U3A Port Phillip has its headquarters at the Mary Kehoe Centre in Middle
Park, a lovely old Edwardian house which has been converted for community
use. We have our Office in the building and use three classrooms and the
We hold some activities in other venues, and are currently looking to
expand our course offering to cover the other suburbs within the City
of Port Phillip
We have about 450 financial members and another 250 people who receive
our regular electronic news. Membership has been growing steadily since
U3APP began 12 years ago.
Ages range from 50 to late 90s: the 65-69 age group is the largest.
Women outnumber men by about 2 to 1.
Our area has a high proportion of single person households, so U3A Port
Phillip provides an important opportunity for people to participate
in community activities.
We have over 40 classes in our programs, with new classes being added
regularly. They range from exercise classes and language classes (always
popular) to classes on art, music, literature, science, history and
philosophy. We have a choir and several instrumental ensembles.
In the last couple of years, members have worked with our local Council
as Carbon Cops. The work of this group has enabled the Mary
Kehoe Centre to become a net energy producer rather than consumer, through
the installation of solar panels on the roof and modification of the
building to reduce energy consumption.
U3A Port Phillip is one of the friendliest groups you could encounter.
Our Membership Secretary welcomes new members personally, and sends
get well and condolence cards to members.
We have over 100 members who contribute as volunteers in some capacity
thats about one person in four. And when volunteers decide
they need a break, others step into the breach, so that we get new ideas
and improved systems as the volunteer base changes.
We have a high level of digital literacy amongst our members (only a
handful dont use email). Classes on the use of computers, tablets,
and particular applications are popular. Members can renew their membership
and enrol for classes on-line, although paper-based options are still
available for those less comfortable with technology.