Paula Reilly-Cooper

Groups Coordinator

I’ve lived in Cheshire for most of my life, moving to Sandbach over 30 years ago. I worked as a Librarian in the public sector, firstly in West Sussex and then at various locations in Cheshire as a Children’s Librarian and then as a Library Manager.

In 1998 I went to work for Halton Council as Library Services Manager and had the privilege of establishing the service during its transition to a Unitary authority. I was fortunate to continue to work in a profession which I loved until I took early retirement in 2015 to become a full-time carer for my Mum.
I joined the u3a in 2016 and found myself becoming a member of the committee in 2017. I have been a member of various sub-committees and am currently Programmes Co-ordinator and Groups Co-ordinator.

As Programmes Co-ordinator I’m in touch with all the Group Leader’s and collate the “Programme of Activities” from the information they submit each year and provide details of group meeting dates to the Venue Co-ordinator to facilitate the venue bookings.

As Groups Co-ordinator, I act as a point of contact, coordinating and overseeing all the activity groups and supporting their Group Leaders as required. I also assist in the establishment of new groups, providing both support and training to new leaders.

I am a member of Pilates, Keep Fit, Tai Chi, Talking Travel, and Tap Dancing and have been very grateful for the opportunity during lockdown to join online Yoga and as well as continuing with online Pilates.

Outside of the u3a I enjoy touring, as pillion/navigator on the back of one of my husband’s numerous motorbikes or in our Mobile Home.

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