Wisdom from years of Outsiders discussions was offered in Female First Magazine – see http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/relationships/Top-ten-aspects-of-a-loving-relationship-than-can-be-affected-by-a-disability-655227.html
For the first time ever, people who had been in touch in the Clubhouse met and got to know one another better at our lunch. Some found they fancied each other, others had their friendship bonded. Our workshop was attended by over 20 people who took turns to say what they thought others found attractive about them, and what put people off, only to be told by the others how misconceived they were. They found this really useful. The workshop was recorded by Nikki Fox for BBC Radio 5 Live (everyone gave their permission).
We also welcomed Roxy Rezveny, associate producer at Vice magazine to speak to members in order to find the perfect subject for a documentary to compensate for the horrible Undateables series. The lunch was the most dynamic it’s ever been – with loads of what seemed like really beautiful people, young and not so young, all networking and enjoying. The idea of Outsiders Walks came up and these are now being organised. Long may this last.
On Saturday 7th March at 1.30om, this film about a young man with autism’s journey to find sexual pleasure, will be screened at the Oscar Bright Film Festival showing The Special Need. Address 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton. More information from www.carousel.org.uk
On Saturday 7th March we’ll be meeting at The Old Contemptible Pub, 176 Edmund Street, Birmingham, B3 2HB. It’s right opposite Snow Hill train station so you can get there by train, or it’s a short walk or taxi ride from New Street Station. Lunches will regularly be on 1st Saturday of the month.
If you’d like to meet the organiser, Angharad outside the pub first (because you are shy and nervous to enter on your own) then you can email her on
firstname.lastname@example.org. She will give you a number so you can text us when you get there. Also if you would like to talk about your needs; i.e. if you have any communication difficulties then please feel free to email her to have a chat about what you need. If you want to have a look at the menus then you can see them on their website
The pub wants a rough idea of how many people will be there, so let Angharad know that you’ll be coming.
The next event on Saturday 28th February, starts at 1pm at the Beaufort Arms, 55 North Road, Stoke Gifford, BS34 9PR. This lovely, accessible country inn is spitting distance from Bristol Parkway (walk straight ahead, out of the exit, and it’s on you right, round a bend). It’s also just off the M4. This makes it an ideal venue for people wanting a simple journey from central Bristol and other places. One of our members will be coming from Cardiff to learn about how to run a lunch so she can start a Cardiff one. If you need to ask any questions or be met outside because you’re shy, text Sarah on 07505 606 408.
The regular lunch at the lovely Finch’s in Finsbury Square (see their website to find it) promises to be a wonderful opportunity for lots of members who’ve been corresponding in our website’s Clubhouse to actually meet. We will be taking the piss out of Valentine’s Day with a gay Cupid comedian and we’ll be running a body image workshop to learn what others find most attractive about us, and what might turn them off. 1.30pm to 5.30pm, BE THERE!
Our first York lunch will be at the Park, North Street, York YO1 6JF York on Saturday 31st January at 2pm. See https://www.facebook.com/parkinnyork?rf=108808832511987. We will meet in the bar which overlooks the river, or in a nearby conference room. The lunch has been organised by and will be hosted by John Cossham. It will provide a chance for members to meet up discuss their needs and network. Members who run the lunches in Sheffield will be helping John. The hotel is near the railway station (8 minute walk), and has plenty of parking. You are free to order a coffee, a drink or a delicious lunch.
Dr Tuppy Owens is now up against some sexual health professionals in the Sexual Health Awards on 6th March – if you want to come along, tickets are going cheap at £175 (!) for the event in London. Wish us luck!
Two articles about us have appeared in the Telegraph in the last couple of days. Today:
and, last week: