Small tasks – big ideas

Shrewsbury Carnival

Did you feel a flurry of activity start a couple of months ago? We certainly did, as SAND got a injection of fuel in the form of new volunteers, new plans, and new funding applications.

We have also started talking about sub-groups and promotions strategy!! This is to add to our growing field of Research & Development: we have now delivered 3 sessions to staff working in End of Life Care, 3 to members of Shropshire Partners in Care, one research session with Coverage Care and one research session with Radfield Home Care – these last two with more to come, plus we had a presence at the Community Health Trust Observe and Act and Equality Diversity System 2 events. There is plenty more to come and connections to made to the Housing sector, GPs, Social Work Teams and more – watch this space as we forge ahead.

It has also been brought to our attention that the Open University Open Learning has a free online course around LGBT legislation: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

A warm cockle

Feedback from our awareness raising sessions has been fantastic – which warms the cockles:

Brilliant, informative session

Wow, two and a half hours passed so quickly. So interesting and informative

Wow … thank you for your honest, your insight and making me think. I knew this course would be worthwhile but I didn’t expect to be so engaged in the subject.

Challenged prevailing assumptions and powerfully raised the issues of LGBT older and old people. Very thoughtful & insightful

History Boards out and about

We continue to go out and about to events and the History Boards, which were on show during the National Festival of LGBT History (Shrewsbury Hub) are a great eye-catching resource. Over the Summer they have been on display at Cultural Diversity Day, where people were really attracted by the local stories of Salop Assizes and Soldiers in Love; Tate Britain; The British Museum, Gay’s the Word bookshop and Oswestry Agricultural Show. If you have not had chance to catch them yet they will be at Oswestry Culture Fest, Shrewsbury Multicultural Fun Day at the United Reform Church at the English Bridge in early September and Oswestry Museum Heritage Open Day in October. Meanwhile our small exhibition in the community space of the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery continues.

    Coming up …

The Spirit of SAND – October 17th @ the Hive 12 – 4.00pm

Put the date in your diaries as we plan lunch and an afternoon to update LGBT people in the County and inform Health & Social Care Providers about what SAND has been doing – beginning with a much-requested screening of Gen Silent.

More details and booking details soon.

So, as usual there is plenty going on and we have just sent in a couple of funding proposals which could see even more great leaps.

And finally, if you haven’t clocked it yet – we are delighted to have uploaded the presentation podcast from Jane Traies at this year’s History Festival – see below. We hope there will be more of these to add.










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