This month’s meeting of the SAND Action Group over-ran by about 5 minutes – so not long, but it is the first time! And it was because we had a near full-house and so much to talk about!

Our research funded by Healthwatch Shropshire is now complete and the report is writtSAND_HW_Researchen so watch this space for the release! We are holding an event to talk about the research – Personal Lives – Personal Care is on Thursday 21st May in Shrewsbury, primarily for people working in health and social care – that is care homes, domiciliary care, CCG, hospitals, district nurses, GPs and associated roles, including: housing support workers, housing officers, solicitors – come  and join us – you can book here: SAND Dissemination Event. Information stalls have already been booked by Severnside Housing, Terrence Higgins Trust, CEDAR, The Vicarage Care Home, Royal Voluntary Service, Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin and we are delighted to have Terry Jones Solicitors as a sponsor for this event. 

clare summerskill photoWe will be joined by Clare Summerskill – speaker, writer and actor – Clare brings her acting skills with her to present some of her own research stories. “Clare’s style is deeply moving and funny, as well as educational, uplifting, and celebratory”.

SAND is committed to presenting information in creative and accessible ways – thanks go to LGBT Shrewsbury for their help in bringing Clare to Shropshire.

The evenLGBT_Shrewburyt is free and includes CPD Certificate of attendance. Please circulate the link to anyone you think might be interested. The Link.

Planning this event is at the forefront of our work at the moment, but there is plenty mTerry_Jones_Solicitorore going on. We continue to talk to solicitors and you will see that Terry Jones is sponsoring the event above.

We hope to grow this connection, and develop others, to ensure that our work makes a real difference to LGBT people’s experiences of later life. Our conversations with solicitors are about them understanding the reasons behind many LGBT people’s reluctance to get legal advice, support, make wills and prepare Lasting Powers of Attorney. We are gathering stories all the time and increasing our range of examples to illustrate these conversations. We will be offering training to solicitor firms and hope to develop some sort of ‘Champions’ scheme.

There are a couple of other initiatives in the pipeline which we cannot say too much about at the moment but one is about looking at housing options for older and old LGBT people and the other is about LGBT Histories – we’ll report a bit more on these when they take a bit more shape.

The L.O.L. Lovely Old and Lesbian ‘group’ will be changing to once a month and taking a holiday LOLin June – so dates for lesbians over the age of 70 to meet up at the Two Fat Rascals Coffee Shop 2-4pm are: Thursday 14th May; Thursday 9th July; Thursday 13th August; Thursday 10th September. Look out for the table with a yellow sign which looks a bit like this ->

As we mentioned last month, the SAND bank is a little low at the moment. We continue to put in funding bids and are working at our own fundraising events, so – the next date for your diary if you like a dance is:

SKA_PartySaturday 25th July – SAND SKA Night at the Darwin Community Centre in Shrewsbury. We’ll have an Eventbrite page up soon and tickets will be on sale in shops around Shrewsbury in June. Big thanks to the BC All Skas who will be playing on the night.

If you are very organised, you might also want to diary in Saturday 21st November – SAND 70s Disco, also at the Darwin Community Centre.

This Blog records what is happening at which point of SAND’s development.

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