This project is to allow those who support disabled people with their sexual lives to see what others are doing around the world, and join together for mutual support. Many health and social care professionals working to help their disabled clients in this way feel quite isolated and unsupported – so this will provide them with opportunities to find other people to start local groups and enjoy group discussions online.
Some amazing pioneers are already featured on the website and we will be collecting many more in the next 6 months, launching the website in London in October.
One of our female members has just published this blog https://heidicopeman.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/i-know/
Please read it and, if you like what you hear, please send a donation and spread the word by sharing the link.
All of a sudden, the club has burst into action with our new Group Chats – discussions about everything from Self Improvement (lots of wonderful peer support going on there) to the Asperger’s and/or OCD, Everything Kinky to the local Social Group Chats. The latter provide a way for those who live in and near each other to discuss how they would like to meet each other and those left alone at Christmas, for example, can keep each other company. We hope these local groups will blossom all over the UK and, indeed the world, Our Asperger’s and/or OCD Group is run by a woman in Canada.
The Jamboree is the Outsiders annual event to attract new members and for everybody to have fun. The date is Monday 6th June 2016. We will have a Tactile Fashion Show with a bind members enjoying the sensation of touching the model’s outfits which are all lovely or funny to feel – silk, velvet, rope or bubblewrap. Members and volunteers model the clothing. We also have comedy, with Romina Puma, Snail Racing (where competitors around bound in cling film and race, tummy down on a slippery plastic mat.
We also have debates and this year the topic will be ‘If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.‘ – Maya Angelou.
Sunny Snake Boy will be performing a belly dance and Stacey Clare will be doing a sensual dance.
Lunch and tea is available to purchase and there is a bar. Entrance is free and anybody can come along. We will have a collection as Outsiders is unfunded.
Earl Haig Hall 18 Elder Ave, Crouch End, London N8 9TH on Monday 6th June, 2pm to 6pm
‘This matinée mini-ball is one of those events, with fun activities to get everyone mingling. ‘ Time Out
Some Outsiders Jamboree Photos
Outsiders appearied on the Victoria Derbyshire programme – a film about us at 9.15am and a discussion including Tuppy Owens, and Romana Puma later in the programme. You can watch these on BBC iplayer and read all about it on the BBC website.
We are excited to learn that we have won a UNESCO Award – for all the projects we do !
Making Modern Love is a fortnight-long feature centred around Valentine’s Day, on love and relationships in the 21st century and what love really means to modern Britons.
We are enjoying meeting each other and communicating on this very lovely Facebook page, with all the members supporting each other – the transition is slow, but proving successful.
Voice recognition works really well on this page, so we welcome blind people back into our Club.
We are delighted that we will shortly be filmed for this show, which goes on the BBC News channel 9.15 – 11am every weekday. Press 130 to view. We will announce the date when we know it.
We are delighted that half the proceeds of this Christmas Fair will be donated to us, the first time this has ever happened! We have watched donors at a disability fair (Disability Awareness Day) put money into the collecting tins of the wealthy Leonard Cheshire Disability, but passing us by, because they are known and established and we are established but, as yet, unknown. Let’s hope this will be the start of financial stability and perhaps donations big enough to pay someone to take over from our ageing founder, Dr Tuppy Owens.