Dr Tuppy Owens Tuppy started running Outsiders from her subterranean flat in Mayfair in 1979 (with accessible back entrance). She continues to coordinate the club and run the Trust from her croft in the Highlands. She has an Honorary Doctorate for Good Works, and a Diploma in Human Sexuality from London University. She enjoys a mixture of the wilderness at home and the exotic style of London and is devoted to Outsiders and its future. She runs Outsiders for free, as a volunteer. Today, the board of Trustees are responsible for the Outsiders and Tuppy attends all their meetings.
Outsiders Club team of Volunteers
Most of our volunteers are Outsiders members who have gained experience, found happiness and want to support others. Together, they have a wide range of wisdom, experience and practical know-how on disability and personal matters.
Members wishing to volunteer need to have been in the Club for at least six months before starting work.
Outsiders has been lucky enough to have some very exceptional membership secretaries, most of whom came from the membership and fundraising events, and went on to successful careers elsewhere. Thanks go to Ann Rae, Madelaine Shoer, Christine Nocek, April, Di Impey, Sheila Dray, Dee McDonald, Paul Nevitt and Sue Nathan.
Our volunteers work hard but some have health problems and experience fatigue, shyness, and stress, so please be respectful towards us.
The Membership Team coordinate the club. They vet applicants, respond to emails and phone calls, send messages on forthcoming activities, and make phone calls to ensure everything is going well for members.
Janet Brookman — Janet is the longest-running volunteer. She specialises in our visually impaired members
Eleni Stephani — is the Social Secretary and helpline operator. She won Islington Volunteer of the Year in 2009.
Philippe Gasguy — Philippe began as office boy and now takes a major role. He says helping other people is what he enjoys most.
Heidi Copeman Makes phone calls to cheer members up and help us all along.
Sam Chung Advises on how to make things work better.
Tuppy Owens Tuppy oversees and looks after the vollies,consults them on all decisions, and keeps them up to speed on the progress of programmes and funding.
Volunteers who run Events
We have written guidelines on running lunches and, in 2005, Victoria Mackenzie, who has run the London Lunch and helped at Sheffield, wrote down the model she used. These are available here.
London Lunches are currently run by a small team of volunteers including Dawn Powell, Tuppy Owens, Gill Ray, and Mark Rainer. Usually a group discussion is run by Dawn or Tuppy.
East Anglia Lunches were run by Maz Peri. We hope to find some new volunteers to take it over.
Midlands Lunches are run by Sam Chung
Sheffield Lunches are run by Lilian McCarthy
Leeds Lunches are run by Aurelia Gaskin
West Country Lunches are run by the members who are regular attendees with the help of Trustee Els Payne.
Outsiders Jamboree is an annual event which takes place in London, a kind of Monday Matinée Mini-Ball with all kinds of activity and fun. This is a time when we invite people from outside to join us and find out more. It is run by a small team of of the above plus some of our fundraising vollies.
Outsiders at the Disability Field at Glastonbury is run by Tulloch Kempe.
Computers and Website Lawrence Brightman looks after our computers and John Keiller produced our websites.
Our Trustees are listed in the Trust section.