Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG)
PCUG is a member of APCUG, which is an umbrella organisation for a large number of PC user groups worldwide, but mainly in North America. One of the benefits of our membership is that we receive copies of newsletters and magazines from them. Copies of recent items received may be found on the Newsletters page of the PCUG Information Wiki.
Older copies of PCUG themed APCUG e-PUSH Tech on-line magazines may be found on our web site.
The March 2011 issue has some useful advice including a comparison of the various Office products, a discussion of security issues and advice on the importance of adequate cooling of a PC.
Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA)
ASCCA is the national peak body for seniors and technology. Membership is open to any organisation promoting access to information technology by older people. It is represented in every state and territory of Australia . Newsletters and information is available at the ASCCA website. Copies of recent items received from them may be found on the Newsletters page of the PCUG Information Wiki.
University of the Third Age (U3A)
U3A is a collection of organisations which promote lifelong learning for people in the “third age”, after employment or child-raising. In Australia, there are U3As in most states and the ACT. The UK (Britain) and some other countries also have U3A organisations. It is an international movement.
Each U3A offers courses to their members. U3A Canberra has two locations, one at Cook and another at Hughes. When the PCUG Centre was closed, we agreed to place the PCUG-owned training computers, from our training room, in the U3A Computer Room at Cook. This was beneficial to both organisations. The PCUG continued to have the use of these computers, with somewhere to house them. U3A replaced former slow and unsatisfactory computers, which were in their Computer Room, with the much faster PCUG computers.
U3A members may attend PCUG-organised training courses in U3A’s Computer Room. Similarly, U3A may organise courses in the training room, with PCUG members able to attend. Membership of one organisation is sufficient to attend courses. PCUG members may wish to join U3A. U3A has advised that PCUG computers are to be removed from the training room, by mid-December 2016.