Author Archives: Tuppy Owens

Bristol Lunch attracting members from Wales, Devon and London!

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.

London Lunch on 14th February looks to be a vibrant gathering

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!

Outsiders North of England Lunch in York on 31st January

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/863452213694483/

Outsiders mentioned in the Telegraph twice!

Two articles about us have appeared in the Telegraph in the last couple of days. Today:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11350578/Sex-and-the-disabled-why-are-the-able-bodied-so-coy.html

and, last week:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11308888/Are-we-ignoring-the-sexual-needs-of-disabled-people.html

Next Outsiders lunch is in Cheltenham

The West Country Outsiders lunch will take place on Saturday 17th January, 1pm – 5pm at the Redgrove Harvester, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6TA. Plenty of parking available. Your hostess is Sarah Battan. Physically and socially disabled people welcome.
 

Outsiders North of England Lunch in York at the Park Inn on 31st Jan

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/863452213694483/

SHADA to challenge COSRT’s new guidelines

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.

Survey to Outsiders Clubhouse members planned

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.