It was wonderful to be told this, after running the club for almost four decades ! We have survived transitions from handwriting to typing to emails, a website etc. We still receive letters from elderly disabled people who we reply to, telling them about our lunches local to them. We are now looking into digital ways to send Birthday e-cards to all members.
We are impressed with the peer support which goes on in the Outsiders Outsiders Club, especially for members with progressive conditions who are,like our strapline says, aiming to live their lives to the full
We are planning to launch our new website, www.School-of-Sex.info shortly and are very proud of it because it contains unique insight into how disabled people can enjoy sensuality, sexual pleasure, relationships and love.
SHADA International, our website featuring pioneers in supporting disabled people with their sexual lives will have new members of the Board around the Globe so help spread the word.
A little band of members who don’t have family commitments will be chatting to other members on their own on Christmas day, so they can feel loved and less lonely. We hope it works!
Changing places is an initiative to ‘encourage’ public venues to provide accessible toilets and spaces that cater for all the differing needs of ppl with disabilities. Currently, by law, a disabled toilet is provided but these are are often unusable by a large number of people. For example: those who need hoisting, changing or even just a bit more room around the toilet for their wheelchair. Also I find it well annoying when the bars are in the wrong place or the toilet flush is on the wrong side of the toilet and I can’t reach it! Changing places is an important initiative because it aims to change this and improve current facilities which will enable people with disabilities to go out without worries about continence issues. I’ve used some of their toilet facilities and they are fantastic some of them even include showers!
This online chronic illness & disability lifestyle blog published praises for the Outsiders club and this gained lots of ‘likes’. We appreciate others spreading the word.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday 14th November in London and speakers include Angela Loughran from Leonard Cheshire Disability, spinal injured sex therapist Michelle Donald, Swedish researcher, Julia Bahner, sex worker, Matt Valentine-Chase and Teacher Helen Dunman.
Gone are the days of mostly men at our lunches – the women are keen to come along and socialize now and enjoy the afternoon. This lunch on 11th will be really great.