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.
Chris talked about his life with high functioning autism on BBC One Breakfast News on Tuesday 6th January. This is part of their series on people with hidden disabilities – at last ! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02gcqww
Two lawyers representing the the Outsiders Trust’s Sexual Health and Disability Alliance will be writing to the College of Sex and Relationship Therapists over their planned move to ban members from recommending the use of sexual surrogates to clients. This move would discriminate against both disabled and other people with problems, and those providing the services to support them.
Outsiders is planning to send all our members a survey to find out what they want from our Club, and what is holding them back. This survey will be conducted online and the outcomes used to improve our Club, to ensure members have fun, feel supported and find loving friendships.
Live on 29th December in this online magazine, a new letter by Outsiders founder, Tuppy, describes on how to get laid when you go out on New Year’s Eve – tips, pitfalls and safety guidance.
This exciting development of a column replicating the Aunty Tuppy column which ran in the Outsiders’ magazine INSIDE for thirty years is now online: on http://disabilityhorizons.com/2014/12/disability-sex-and-relationships-your-questions-answered/?utm_source=Disability+Horizons+RSS-Email&utm_campaign=f805688416-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_75cf3532a8-f805688416-303406429
The launch took place at Daunt’s Bookshop, Holland Park, on Wednesday 19th November. Tuppy signed 70 copies and was interviewed by BBC Ouch! Articles are also appearing in Vice (http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/tuppy-owens-interview), Big Issue om 1st Dec) etc.The book is published by Jessica Kingsley and is on Amazon.
The debate at the November London lunch was “How to give the online Clubhouse the same “loving family feel” that the lunches enjoy” and the solution we came up with was: encourage online members to meet in person at monthly lunches around the country. If you would like to help create a lunch near you (they normally take place at 1.30 on a Saturday in a quiet, accessible, reasonably priced but lovely bar). It’s best to have a small team with a variety of impairments running each lunch.
Everyone enjoyed the 35th Anniversary of the Outsiders at Finch’s in Finsbury Square — the staff were really helpful, our space was a bigger and brighter, they don’t have the television on, and the food amazing. So we are going to switch from their sister pub, Paternoster. There is an underground car park opposite, and it’s 4 minutes from Old Street tube, 6 minutes from Moorgate, and a bit further from Liverpool Street. We will put the details of transport and details up on this site (See Club – Events).