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.
Trustees Dr Tuppy Owens and Professor Claire de Than spoke at the Brain Injury Group event in London and they seemed to think our work is great. Most of the attendees we lawyers.
We are delighted that we now have a brilliant team of Trustees, lead by Professor Clare de Than who are definitely making Outsiders better known and successful.
We will be celebrating the 60th birthday of artist Eric Phipps who has been a member for over 30 years and is the only member to send us an annual donation. Members love both Eric’s art and his personality which is always positive and lively.
Outsiders attracts a large number of members with MS and some complain that they don’t get any support. So we decided they would enjoy supporting each other! Luckily our online Clubhouse has the facilities for this to happen and we look forward to seeing how members gain sexual confidence and feel much happier.
We were able to not only give advice on what to put in your online dating profile when on a dating site when you have a disability, but promote Outsiders in a very positive light. Hopefully it will bring us lots more members, fingers crossed.
The boy who was wanting this advice was told to have a dating buddy so that when he got turned down by a woman, he would have someone to cheer him up and keep him optimistic. One of our female members has now offered to be that buddy. We do have some wonderful members!
The link to the program is http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08zyqdf#play
Dr Tuppy Owens of the Outsiders Trust, gives an account of ways for people with inherited conditions and conditions which tend to run in families, to enjoy a happy and successful intimate life.
The new trustees really got on well together – a brilliant mix of disabled and non-disabled experts all bringing excellent ideas to the table to hopefully make our projects better respected, more successful and useful.
Following the item on Loose Women on ITV we have been inundated with demands from the press – see, for example the article by Beth Timmins in the Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/disabled-people-sex-surrogates-experts-centre-for-autism-national-autistic-society-sexual-health-a7839181.html which was published on July 14th 2017. The Belfast Telegraph will publish more on Sunday 16th July,