All about U3A Hume Inc.
Hume City Council was created in December 1994, and comprised predominately of major parts of the former Shire of Bulla, City of Broadmeadows and smaller portions of the former Cities of Whittlesea, Keilor and the Township of Sunbury.
Hume U3A was formed following an initiative from Hume City Council at a public meeting held on 21st April 1995. Thirty very enthusiastic people attended this meeting with 16 enrolling on the day. Basic Art, Local History and Line Dancing were the first courses to be organised.
The inaugural meeting was held at the Broadmeadows Town Hall on 17 August 1995.
On 25 January 1996, the Hume University of the Third Age became an incorporated association and the name has since been abbreviated to Hume U3A Inc.
Early 1996 Sunbury U3A was formed and became a branch of Hume U3A, and following a special meeting in 1999 they became their own entity Sunbury U3A Inc.
Hume U3A Inc. strongly believes in partnerships with organisations within the Community. From our early beginnings, Gladstone Park Secondary College has allowed us to use their facilities for our computer and art courses. Dallas Neighbourhood House and Banksia Gardens Community Hall have also have been long term supporters offering facilities for conducting our courses.
In 2004, resulting from another Council initiative, Hume U3A became part of the Hume Global Learning Village, which draws together all providers of education within the City of Hume. Following the opening of the Age Library Building at Broadmeadows, Hume U3A with the co-operation of the management and staff of the Global Learning Centre, conducts a number of courses in these facilities.
In 2005 our tenth anniversary we had over 300 members and over 25 courses.
In 2007 we formed a partnership with Dallas Primary School and moved our office into their Kiewa Street Community Hub. Hume U3A supported the successful School Breakfast Program with members donating food for the kids who had not had any breakfast before going to school. In 2013 the Dallas Brooks Community Primary School and Community Hub was moved to Werribee Street Dallas. Hume U3A also conducts a number of courses from this new facility.
2014 sees us with a slight drop in membership, and over 35 various courses available.
2015 was our 20th anniversary. In 2015 we changed our name to U3A Hume to emphasise our involvement with the U3A movement around the world.
Hume U3A and its membership are regular supporters of various charities which includes making quilts for fundraising for: Babies born prematurely, cystic fibrosis, Cancer research and Parkinson’s disease.