Wirral 3Ls

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- Leisure, Laughter & Learning for the (mainly) over-50s

Wirral 3Ls (pronounced 'three ells') is a not-for-profit registered charity which provides daytime courses and social activities mainly for over 50s. We aim to create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in which to learn new skills and ideas. We are committed to the ideal of lifelong learning. There are no examinations at the end of the courses. Most courses last 10 weeks which you can join anytime and are mainly held at the Bebington Civic Centre. Do have a look at our website given below for full information of what we offer.

David Bickford, the manager, said 'It's amazing to think that when we started almost 20 years ago we ran just three courses. Today we offer over 80 courses in areas such as Arts & Crafts, History, Languages, Excersising Body & Mind, Photography & Computing, and Special Interests & Hobbies.' All of these are during the daytime and with no exams just for the enjoyment.

"We also have a very active social programme, with events like quizzes, day trips, meals out, and monthly walks. We also organise a couple of long weekend breaks in the year. All members are welcome to our events, which are an ideal way to meet people and make new friends."

As the organisation is a registered charity, the course fees are kept down.

Contact Us

Tel: 0151 645 0066
Email: office@wirral3ls.co.uk
Website: www.wirral3ls.co.uk

Office opening hours:
Monday to Thursday - 9.30am to 4.30pm
Friday - 9.30am to 12.30pm
(Prepared March 2015)

About Us

We were established in 1995 under the umbrella of the Learning in Later Life Programme, originally sponsored by Wirral Metropolitan College, but are now a unique and independent self-supporting organisation. (We are not connected with the U3A).

Membership is open to anyone, particularly those aged 50 plus, with no other restrictions. There is an annual membership fee. It is a volunteer-led organisation and the Trustees are drawn from the membership. The Organisation provides lifelong learning opportunities and social activities for the members and is based at Bebington Civic Centre, which is the venue for most of our courses.

The organisation's learning provision is through non-accredited courses which reflect the wide range of interests of the community we serve. Experienced Tutors ensure that each class is pitched at a level suitable for all learners. We canvass Members' opinions on the range of subjects offered and update our programme depending on the viability of the suggestions and the resources available to us.

Our courses are planned around an academic year consisting of three 10 week terms and we produce a comprehensive programme for each term, detailing the classes and the fees charged.

All of our classes are delivered during the day, which particularly suits the learners in our target group. Bebington Civic Centre includes parking facilities and reasonable public transport links. There is a lift providing access for people with disabilities. Our aim is to provide lifelong learning opportunities in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

The extensive social programme provides a safe, group environment for members to experience culture and fun, especially for those who live on their own.

What do we offer?

To give a few examples of the areas that are covered, we hold classes in singing, dancing, exercise, languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian), local & world history, arts and crafts, photography, art appreciation, computing and much more. Check our website for a full list with up-to-date details.

How to find us


Bebington Civic Centre,
Civic Way,
CH63 7PN

By bus:
Routes 410, 419 and 487 - use stop at Mayer Park, Bebington.
Route 464 - use stop at bottom of Heath Road, Bebington.

By train:
Use Port Sunlight station. Exit left from station, walk under the railway bridge, right at the cross roads towards the Civic Centre. (About 10 minutes walk).