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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 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.

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.

Disability Horizons features the first Aunty Tuppy column on Sex, Disability and Relationships

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

Tuppy’s Book — Supporting Disabled People with their Sexual Lives — now launched

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 (, Big Issue om 1st Dec) etc.The book is published by Jessica Kingsley and is on Amazon.Book Cover Low Res

Outsiders to create more local groups around the country

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.