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Eyeing up new skills in Bridport

16 June, 2015
Specsavers in Bridport have been introducing The University of the Third Age to optics
The U3A with Specsavers staff Anna Cook (dispensing optician) and Cathy Harvey (optical assistant)

Specsavers Bridport has been inspiring The University of the Third Age (U3A) by introducing them to the world of optics.

New skills and interests for the Bridport community

The store, located on East Street, invited the Bridport branch of the group in store for a day to learn about how glasses are made and how to carry out eye examinations. The group offers those no longer in employment opportunities to learn new skills and pursue new interests.

Alan Hobby, leader of the "Isn't That Interesting!" Group, one of the 50+ groups in the Bridport U3A said: ‘Most of our group wear glasses and we were interested to know more about the technicalities of optics.

Mike and his team were very informative and also generous with their time – we ended up staying for two hours rather than one because there was so much to learn! Overall, it was a valuable experience and we’re very grateful to Specsavers for giving us this opportunity.’

Introducing people to the optics industry

Susanna Newall, store director at Specsavers Bridport said: ‘We covered many aspects of optics to give The University of the Third Age an in depth insight into our industry. It was great to be able to enlighten more people about our work and for them to take an interest in what we do.

The University of the Third Age gives people the chance to learn new skills and we fully support their network. We offer advice for anyone in the Bridport community who is interested in optics or who is considering a career in the industry.’

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is an institution which aims to provide opportunities for those who are retired, semi-retired or no longer in regular employment to learn and share skills, knowledge and interests. The Bridport & District U3A has around 400 members who meet in over 50 individual subject groups, ranging from art to wine tasting.

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