All of a sudden, the club has burst into action with our new Group Chats – discussions about everything from Self Improvement (lots of wonderful peer support going on there) to the Asperger’s and/or OCD, Everything Kinky to the local Social Group Chats. The latter provide a way for those who live in and near each other to discuss how they would like to meet each other and those left alone at Christmas, for example, can keep each other company. We hope these local groups will blossom all over the UK and, indeed the world, Our Asperger’s and/or OCD Group is run by a woman in Canada.
The Jamboree is the Outsiders annual event to attract new members and for everybody to have fun. The date is Monday 6th June 2016. We will have a Tactile Fashion Show with a bind members enjoying the sensation of touching the model’s outfits which are all lovely or funny to feel – silk, velvet, rope or bubblewrap. Members and volunteers model the clothing. We also have comedy, with Romina Puma, Snail Racing (where competitors around bound in cling film and race, tummy down on a slippery plastic mat.
We also have debates and this year the topic will be ‘If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.‘ – Maya Angelou.
Sunny Snake Boy will be performing a belly dance and Stacey Clare will be doing a sensual dance.
Lunch and tea is available to purchase and there is a bar. Entrance is free and anybody can come along. We will have a collection as Outsiders is unfunded.
Earl Haig Hall 18 Elder Ave, Crouch End, London N8 9TH on Monday 6th June, 2pm to 6pm
‘This matinée mini-ball is one of those events, with fun activities to get everyone mingling. ‘ Time Out
Outsiders appearied on the Victoria Derbyshire programme – a film about us at 9.15am and a discussion including Tuppy Owens, and Romana Puma later in the programme. You can watch these on BBC iplayer and read all about it on the BBC website.
We are excited to learn that we have won a UNESCO Award – for all the projects we do !
Making Modern Love is a fortnight-long feature centred around Valentine’s Day, on love and relationships in the 21st century and what love really means to modern Britons.
We are enjoying meeting each other and communicating on this very lovely Facebook page, with all the members supporting each other – the transition is slow, but proving successful.
Voice recognition works really well on this page, so we welcome blind people back into our Club.
We are delighted that we will shortly be filmed for this show, which goes on the BBC News channel 9.15 – 11am every weekday. Press 130 to view. We will announce the date when we know it.
We are delighted that half the proceeds of this Christmas Fair will be donated to us, the first time this has ever happened! We have watched donors at a disability fair (Disability Awareness Day) put money into the collecting tins of the wealthy Leonard Cheshire Disability, but passing us by, because they are known and established and we are established but, as yet, unknown. Let’s hope this will be the start of financial stability and perhaps donations big enough to pay someone to take over from our ageing founder, Dr Tuppy Owens.
Unplugged for Autism is a brand new autism-friendly gig. It’s on 16 December at The Underworld, Camden Town (not wheelchair accessible).
As an autism-friendly space, Unplugged for Autism features
acoustic acts, including three autistic acts
· pared-back lighting
· room to move around the venu
spaces to relax
· easy-read information sent out before the gig
As you know, music has always been an escape and a solace for lots of people with autism.
However, many people with autism find it really hard to get out to live shows. Sensitivity to light, touch and noise all play a part. For lots of younger people it’s a confidence issue – having been bullied throughout school they are reluctant to engage in such an intense social situation.
We want to change that, and make sure that big shows with exciting artists are accessible to people with autism!
Absolutely everyone over 14 is welcome to come along, autistic or not, and enjoy a relaxed evening with us. Money raised from the tickets goes straight to our work, helping us create a world where people are accepted and welcomed for their differences.
Tickets are £15 each available here: www.autism.org.uk/
We were delighted to welcome a new volunteer into our fold. Gill Ray will become our marketing advisor and will also take over the running of our TLC-Trust website, so that it will again become fully functional for both service providers and users.