Out & about

Details of SAND travels – with the oldest ones at the bottom!

3rd September 2020 – we took part in a webinar on End Of Life care – with a focus on LGBT+ people

24th August 2020 – we took part in a sessions facilitated by Opening Doors, focused on CQC standards

13th August 2020 – SAND co-hosted an online screening of Gen Silent, beamed from California to an audience of 100 in Shropshire and beyond and took part in the Q & A with AgeUK STW

13th August 2020 – we had our first formal meeting with AgeUK STW to take forward a new LGBT+ befriending pilot project for telephone and letter-writing. This has now expanded to include AgeUK Hereford & Worcester too!

12th August 2020 – we took part in an information session with SPIC to help us to work better with Zoom as a training delivery plaform

27th July 2020 – we had an initial zoom meeting with Shoosmiths Lawyers to discuss setting up an Information Event for LGBT+ people and their friends/families/carers

23rd June 2020 – SAND moved office and is now based at The Roy Fletcher Centre in Shrewsbury.

The SAND Action Group is now represented on the group recently formed at SaTH to take forward Equality, Diversity and Inclusion work

In June and July 2020, two of the SAND Action Group took part in the LGBT Foundation Pride in Practice Training – and passed with flying colours!

11th June 2020 – SAND took part in a zoom discussion with Sue Westwood about research into Covid-19 and its impact on older LGBT+ people

Creative-Conversations3rd June 2020 – three of the SAND Action Group got together (virtually) with 3 others to take part in the first of a series of Creative Conversations Art Workshops on Zoom. Facilitated by local artist Dea Paradisos and Art-technician Richard Benjamin

4th March – we held a stall at the Healthwatch Shropshire Annual event and conference, attended by approx 100 people

18th February 2020, we delivered Awareness Training to 16 staff at Telford Hospital for SaTH

17th February 2020, we delivered Awareness Training to 30 staff at Shrewsbury Hospital for SaTH

16th February 2020, SAND was delighted to host an afternoon of short films with a focus on older and old LGBT+ people, programmed by Rachel Dax as pat of the 2020 Shropshire Telford & Wrekin LGBT+ History Festival

24th November 2019, SAND was a key supporter for the closing night and Mike Parker’s reading from On the Red Hill, Shrewsbury Literature Festival with an audience of approx 30

22nd November 2019, SAND was part of a rainbow stall at the Dean Atta poetry night on the opening night of the Shrewsbury Literature Festival with an audience of approx 20

21st  November 2019, we met with Telford Council Adult Social Care Commissioning & Procurement

20th November 2019 – as part of Safeguarding Week, KASISB (the Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Board) held an interesting event focused on domestic abuse where SAND had a stall

19th November 2019, we attended our second AgeUK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin Sounding Board

2nd October 2019, we delivered a workshop to explore and discuss issues relating to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming environments for older and old LGBT+ people, to a group of 9 social care providers at The Mayfair Community Centre, Church Stretton

1st October 2019, we went to Chester to the Silver Rainbows Pride in Ageing Conference

27th Sept 2019, we headed north to meet the CEO and training lead for Body Positive’s Silver Rainbows in Cheshire

26th Sept 2019, we ran an awareness session for 12 of the Registered Managers Group facilitated by SPIC

19th Sept 2019, we delivered our second event for Shropshire Joint Training session with 14 participants

19th Sept 2019 we met with the editorial team of Midland Zone and threw a few ideas around!

18th Sept 2019, for the second consecutive year, we held a stall at the SPIC annual event – this year at the Wroxeter Hotel

5th Sept 2019, we met the CEO of AgeUK STW to discuss our very first LGBT+ Marketplace event

5th Sept 2019 saw us continuing our journey to identify our Theory of Change with Polly from Merida

4th Sept 2019 we met with a death Doula and then with a member of the Adult Social Care team

2nd Sept 2019 we had a meeting with MediaActive to start some potential Creative Conversations

19th August 2019 we met 2 of the senior management team at Coverage Care to continue developing our work with them

18th July 2019 we delivered an Awareness session for 25 Community Support workers at Wrekin Housing

11th July 2019 we met with the Medical Director and Patient Experience and Engagement Lead for Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

8th July 2019 – we gave a presentation to 17 people at The Mayfair Centre in Church Stretton

3rd July 2019 – 9 out of the 10 of us got together for our annual Away Day and were treated to a facilitated session on Theory of Change by Polly from Merida

22nd June 2019 – SAND was once again at Ludlow Pride

8th May 2019 – SAND travelled to York for a National event: “Older LGBT+ Health Inequalities: Building a Research Network” – approx 80 people in attendance including some familiar faces

2nd May 2019 – we met with Telford CAB to talk through what we do and how we might work together

24th April 2019 – we met with Connexus Housing

26th April 2019 – we met with Wrekin Housing

13th April 2019 – we delivered a half day Awareness Raising training session for 12 Counsellors with The Green Oak Foundation

11th April 2019 – SAND gave a presentation at the AgeUK Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll conference to an audience of 100

1st April 2019 – met with an individual from Shropshire Psychological Therapies

18th March 2019 – met with folks from Vision Homes who provide specialist support for adults with a range of health needs including learning and physical disabilities

15th March 2019 – Community Health Trust where 11 potential equalities champions gathered for a Stage I EMBRACE session and fantastic discussion!

13th March 2019 and we were on Radio Shropshire talking about our new Lottery Grant funding!

13th March 2019 – University Centre Shrewsbury Diversity week – they have the History Boards on display and 6 of us went along to host a screening of the 25 mins of Gen Silent

11th March 2019 – attended Keep Adults Safe in Shropshire Board Citizen Engagement group

28th February 2019 – our first Joint Training delivery session to a sell-out 24 health & social care practitioners. One said ‘the best training I have ever been on’!

14th February 2019 – there was a fundraising event for SAND as part of the LGBT History Festival events as people gathered at St Nicholas Bar & Restaurant in Shrewsbury for the Open Mic Poetry: Unclandestine Valentine

13th February 2019 – we met with Nicky Jacques CEO of SPIC (Shropshire Partners in Care) to plan the next steps for their involvement in how to EMBRACE a culture of Inclusion

7th February 2019 – second EMBRACE session with 7 Coverage Care Senior Managers who have volunteered to work closely with us to identify key points of intervention

25th November 2018 – 10 of us went to ASKITalian for a meal!

20th November 2018 – we had a meeting with our key contacts at the Community Health Trust

10th October 2018 – International Mental Health Awareness Day at the Hive and SAND had a stall amongst about 15 others – useful to talk to people

6th October 2018 – SAND had the banner up and Sue as Chair for a discussion with author Jane Traies and Film Director Rachel Dax following the film Snapshots during the 13th Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival. It was a near full cinema – we’ll guess at an audience of 65!

1st October 2018 – this was the launch event for Telford Celebrating Age 2018 and SAND had a stall at Oakengates Theatre: The Place – we managed to talk to a few people and enjoyed finding out about what is available to older and old people in Telford.

29th September 2018 – SAND had a stall at Shrewsbury’s multicultural fun day at the united Reformed Church

25th September 2018 – we had a great meeting with Shropshire Community Health Trust and were delighted to secure their support for EMBRACE – hurrah!

21st September 2018 – SAND Action Group members joined an audience of 15 at Jennifer Ingelheart’s fascinating presentation on Phillip Bainbrigge at University Centre Shrewsbury

19th September 2018 – we obviously had Telford in our diaries this day as were back in the evening to talk to the Telford LGBT group, fill everyone in on what is happening with SAND and hear about what is going on locally

19th September 2018 – we had a stall and gave a presentation to an audience of 40 at the 2018 Shropshire Partners in Care Celebration event at Park Inn, Telford. Once again we were delighted with the feedback. Oh – and we launched EMBRACE!

15th September 2018 – the whole SAND crew rocked up to host, watch and join in discussions about The Purple List: a gay dementia venture play – with an audience of 60.

July & August 2018 – members of the the Grains of SAND project attended Adult Safeguarding training at Annscroft – we shared our own concerns and learned loads

12th July 2018 – we went along as participants to the inspiring event: Take Pride in Ageing Conference in Chester with about 100 others – what a great day – and we had a chance to give out leaflets and talk to people

5th July 2018 – Citizens Advice Shropshire County Day – we gave a 45 minute presentation (with questions) to about 80 staff and volunteers and were lucky enough to feel the CAS love as we got the most amazingly positive response!

30th June 2018 – this was the day of The Snailbeach Sessions when 18 of us got together to progress our Grains of SAND Project and discussed the questions that we needed to ask our LGBT communities and learned more about audio and videoing recording

23rd June 2018 – SAND had a stall with Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival at Ludlow Pride with about 200 people passing through and 12 sign-ups for the Grains if SAND project as interested interviewees

100% turnout for our 2018 Away Day!

21st June 2018 – SAND Away day at Westhope College which seems to have become a bit of a tradition! We had a full-house as everyone headed to the hills for another productive day with a very lovely lunch.

14th June 2018 – we also met with a representative for CQC Experts by Experience and had some very good initial conversations – watch this space and/or follow our blog for more of that.

14th June 2018 – we visited a residential care home in Telford where managers wanted to talk to us about Awareness Training sessions, Equality & Diversity Training and setting up some form of LGBT/Inclusion Steering Group

13th June 2018 – SAND was represented at the launch of Opening Door’s Pride in Care Kitemark and associated event in London where met up with old friends, made new contacts and got some collaborative ideas

8th June 2018 – a friend and ally proved to be a critically constructive ‘friend’ by commenting on and talking through our developing business plan for EMBRACE

6th June 2018 – SAND was lucky enough to be invited to give a 15 minute presentation to senior managers at the Community Health trust, where we talked to 16 managers who all engaged and reported back that they found it very interesting – they also shared their own experiences and stories

4th June 2018 – Sue attended a Westminster Social Policy Forum (in Westminster!), an update on recent legal, medical and social developments concerning Trans people.

1st June we had our inaugural meeting with someone from AgeUK, helping us to develop our Marketing Strategy for Embrace.

9th May 2018 – we attended an Everyone Counts Workshop – supporting Shropshire Community Health Trust to develop their Equality and Diversity Strategy

4th May 2018 – we delivered an awareness session for Manby Bowdler solicitors. 10 people attended and the feedback was really positive . FMB are really keen to work with us and, for us to help them make sure that their information is ‘LGBT+ inclusive and friendly’

30th April 2018 – we met with Dr Nicki Ward from Birmingham University School for Social Policy, who is interested in the work we’re doing and very happy to support us wherever she can

28th April 2018 – We hosted an ‘interview skills’ workshop led by Jane Traies for SAND supporters interested in taking part in delivering our Grains of SAND project – we were totally delighted that 21 people turned up – and we had a fantastic afternoon!

25th April – we went to meet Sandy Best, upcoming Mayor of Oswestry to tell her all about SAND and our Grains of SAND project

24th April – we were back at the Shropshire Community Health Trust to talk about SAND

20th April 2018 – we met with Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin to bring them up to date with what we’re up to

8th March 2018 – we met with the Shropshire Dementia Action Alliance in Ludlow

28th February 2018 – we were at a meeting of the Out of Hospital Group coordinated by SATH and aiming to reduce hospital admissions

February 2018 – out and about at Back in Time 3

1st February 2018 – not exactly out and about because we were at our own office but we met with staff from FBC Manby Bowdler solicitors to talk about issues impacting on older and old LGBT people – loads of ideas about subtle changes to practice

7th December 2017 – we gave a presentation to about 20 GPs who were in the early years of their practice. It was a really interesting day and we had great feedback

23 November 2017 – we gave a presentation on our research at the Healthwatch Shropshire annual event

7th November 2017 A couple of us went over to the first gathering of a new LGBT group in Wellington/Telford. There was a really diverse and engaging group of 15 introducing themselves, sharing information and making plans for the future. How exciting!

17th October 2017 was our own event ‘Spirit of SAND’ at the Hive when 43 people came together to find out what we have been up to and put ideas into the pot for the future. Health & social care professionals were well-represented, alongside 4 solicitors (from 2 different practices). Of these, and other participants, at least 13 who identify as LGBT. David Coull from Coverage Care and Cath Molineux from the End of Life Team (CHT) joined Heather Osborne (AgeUK) and Betty Halford (SAND) in a panel discussion chaired by Sue Gorbing.

16th October 2017, we delivered a session to Psychology students at University Centre Shrewsbury and set them a problem’ to ‘solve’

16th October 2017, we had a stall at University Centre Shrewsbury as part of Hate Crime Awareness week

11th October 2017, we went to Birmingham to the Age UK (West Midlands) Regional Meeting to give a presentation to the CEOs and Chairs of AgeUK organisations – 18 people in total.

11th October 2017 some of us went along to a Managers Meeting at Coverage Care to talk about SAND

11th October 2017 we had a catch up meeting with End of Life staff at the Community Health Trust

The Hive

10th October 2017, we had a stall at the Hive drop-in for International Mental Health Awareness Day

6 – 8th October 2017 we were once again out and about the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival

Freshers Fair

27 September 2017 we had a stall at University Centre Shrewsbury Freshers Fair

22 July 2017 Shrewsbury Cultural Diversity Day, where people were really attracted by the local stories of Salop Assizes and Soldiers in Love

4 July 2017 we delivered a session in Telford for End of Life care workers, for Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

28th June 2017 8 of us travelled to London to receive our Spirit of Age Award Trophy in their Equality & Diversity category

26th June 2017 we delivered a session at Ludlow Hospital for End of Life care workers, for Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

22nd June 2017 we delivered a session in Oswestry for Shropshire Partners in Care

13th June 2017 we delivered a session in Shrewsbury for Shropshire Partners in Care

8th June 2017 we went to Ludlow to deliver a sessions to members of Shropshire Partners in Care

29 April 2017 for the first time we held a social without a fundraiser, hosting the SAND Spring Disco at the Darwin Community Centre

15th March 2017 – we delivered pilot training to End of Life care providers, for Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

8th March 2017 – we delivered a presentation for engage Cymru as part of their Come and See event at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. This was ostensibly about LGBT History and we snuck SAND in there.

28th February 2017 – we delivered training to ward managers at Robert Jones Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital

17 – 19th February 2017 – we were at Back in Time 2

26th January 2017 – we gave a challenging 10 minute presentation as part of a Shropshire Community Health Trust event at Shrewsbury Town Football Club

16 Jan 2017 – SAND met with the Engagement Lead and Performance Development Lead & Principal Social Worker for People 2 People 

19 November 2016 we hosted our fundraising Race Night at the Darwin Community Centre making £1,200 for SAND

November 2016 Omega – we got to speak to a number of people, from the Council and various agencies. They were all very keen to hear about SAND and the work we’re doing. We had some very interesting conversations. Some ‘got it’ straight away, others found the discussion challenging/interesting and said they hadn’t realised how our history affected our experience of the world/care services…

15 – 17 October 2016 and SAND had a presence at the screening of ‘Women Like Us’ and ‘Women Like That’ with Producer Rosalind Pearson and our very own Betty Halford in discussion after the films.

September & October 2016 We have been visiting care homes and domiciliary care providers in Shrewsbury. So far, we have visited a Home Care only service, a High dependency residential home and another which was very well run but could not provide long-term nursing care.  After discussing the generalities of provision, we asked if any training was given around LGBT issues and were met with at first surprise, then in two cases genuine interest and realisation (they ‘got it’) and we are in process of arranging some training with one of those. We plan next to visit a designated nursing home facility, and some more general residential Care establishments.

2016-07-23-15-32-2523rd July 2016  – Cultural Diversity Day and SAND had a stall in The Square in Shrewsbury highlighting the issues facing old and older LGBT people in Shropshire.

In June SAND attended a Carers Week event run by Carer’s Trust 4 All and has subsequently been invited to deliver a presentation at a senior team meeting.

23rd June 2016 – a member of SAND attended a Death Education Workshop run by CEDAR, which helped to highlight the need to raise awareness, including the issues of ‘disenfranchised grief’

7th May 2016 Building our Own Castles – a SAND event to bring people from our own LGBT community together to forward plan

12 – 14th February 2016 and we were (of course) involved in the National Festival of LGBT History (Shrewsbury hub).

16 – 18th October 2015 SAND was out and about at the Film Festival in our brand new T-shirts!

25th July 2015 – SAND shared a stall with the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival at Shrewsbury’s Cul2015-07-25 13.30.43tural
Diversity Day in the square

24th July – SAND was invited to give a bit of input and facilitate a discussion at the 2015 National Victim Support LGBT Conference. We had an audience of 40 who all took part in interesting conversations about how they can change their practice to be more inclusive

14th July 2015 – we delivered a training session for 6 solicitors at Terry Jones
Solicitors in Shrewsbury

25th June 2015 – Accelerating Ideas – Overcoming Barriers to Scale Roundtable, in Manchester, where SAND will be helping to inform the design of a potential new programme to support social entrepreneurs to improve collaboration and engagement with stakeholders, with older people at the heart of service design.

2015-06-13 15.26.33-213th June 2015 – Shrewsbury Carnival – some of the SAND team will be out once again, surreptitiously pressing little button badges into eager hands and flaunting the banner

8th June 2015 – SAND was back at Shropshire Fire & Rescue to deliver a second training session to 11 of the Business team, following the great visit earlier in the year

Severnside event6th June 2015 – Severnside Housing is holding an -all LGBT information event at Central in Shrewsbury and SAND stuff will be there. It is a drop-in so go and grab a coffee and find out what’s going on.

23rd May 2015 – Birmingham Pride – and the SAND banner was out alongside the Rainbow Film Festival one on a day when the sun shone,

21st May 2015 – Personal Lives – Personal Care. This SAND event was for health and social care providers and commissioners to share our research. 53 people signed in (including the whole SAND Action Group) to hear a presentation from Clare Summerskill and our own research.

3rd March 2015 – SAND was at Shropshire Fire and Rescue delivering a training session to 11 of the team. It was a fascinating and very enjoyable morning. We’re looking forward to going back for more – coming up in May by the looks of it.

14th & 15th February 2015 – the first ever National Festival of LGBT History saw SAND playing a LGBT History Monthpart of the ‘Rainbow Shropshire’ input in Manchester – we were delighted to be part of this historic event and were completely bowled over by Stuart Milk – nephew of Harvey, who spoke at the launch night. Check out the mass of photos they took over the weekend – click here (anyone would think there had been some theatre!)

1st Februa20150201_152218ry 2015 – our very own dissemination event for our Shropshire HealthWatch funded work. This event brought together 19 of our research participants for the first time – to share delicious food and good conversation. SAND fed back our key findings and sought the group’s approval to submit this in report form to HealthWatch. It was a highly successful, stimulating afternoon.

28th January 2015 – the New Year starts with a trip to London for the final conference in 2015-01-28 14.43.48the Minding the Knowledge Gap series where we met up with old friends and met some new ones!

16th December 2014 – Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group Looking Forward Event. SAND went along and contributed to conversations, particularly about the new grants framework.

4th December 2014 – Worcester – Centre for Palliative Care The Watershed: Sexuality, Assisted Dying. LGBT Issues in Palliative Care, SAND went along to this along with Nursing Students; Hospice Counsellors and officers from voluntary sector care agencies. We were interested to think about how sex and sexuality could be expressed as intimacy to help people understand the impact and relevance of relationships – we’ll carry on exploring that one!

DSCF061529th November 2014 – of course our banner was up and an introduction was given at the SAND Fundraising Auction and Disco in Shrewsbury. We had about 90 people through the door. We’re still adding up the takings and subtracting the costs but it looks like we made in the region of £2,000!

VCSA 2014

25th November 2014 – the SAND banner and display was out and about at the Shropshire Voluntary Sector Assembly gathering at the Guild Hall

17th November 2014 – London – Campaign to End Loneliness Inaugural Learning Network Conference. Sharing research and experiences of loneliness, SAND attended this as a participant.

29th October 2014 – Newcastle Upon Tyne – National Conference ‘Making person centred care a reality; how to support LGBT older people in care settings‘ – a specialist training day for professionals working in the care sector. SAND was invited to deliver an hour workshop on our work in Shropshire. We had a great audience of 30 people who found the session interesting and thought-provoking. Everyone seemed to welcome the opportunity talk about this stuff.

Open Clasp Event - Photographer Phyllis Christopher
SAND workshop at Open Clasp Event, 29 October 2014, Newcastle – Photographer Phyllis Christopher

27th October 2014 – London – another chance to meet up with our colleagues from the UnLtd Care cohort for a one day gathering.

22nd October 2014 – Shrewsbury – attendance at the British Institute of Human Rights Tour hosted by FRESh. A fascinating day which has got us thinking about getting the trainers up to deliver a specific session about older people, health & social care – watch this space.

21st October – London – Leading the Future of Health and Social Care Conference 2014 at the Royal College of Nursing. A practical one-day event for social enterprises, charities, housing associations, local authorities, CCGs, health and wellbeing boards, and those within the NHS. It was designed to help all delegates build partnerships, gain insight from experts, learn from frontline practitioners, and debate and shape the future of health and care.

19th October – our banner was up and leaflets around for the screening of I Am A Woman Now at the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival where SAND gave an introduction to the film.

9th October – Shropshire Solicitors for the Elderly Network – we delivered a version of our presentation and facilitated some discussion with about 30 solicitors in the area who work specifically with older clients. They said

Thank you both for the excellent presentation you gave this afternoon. It was superb and much appreciated by all.

16th September – SOPA – Shropshire Older People’s Assembly – our banner and about 50 leaflets made their way here and every single one of them was picked up!

10th September 2014 – Manchester – Seminar Minding the Gap – Trans Ageing issues. This is part of a series of ESRC seminars which SAND attended. It was a very interesting day and we were pleased to make some good contacts. There were some good presentations which we’d be interested in following up – including one from Dr Louis Bailey, End of Life Studies, Hull University.

4th September 2014 – Shrewsbury – FRESh meeting – Fairness, Equality, Respect Shropshire asked us to go and do a 2 hour slot for their members around the issues that SAND is working with – we took our presentation with us and delivered it to 20 people from various organisations including the CCG, Shropshire Council, Victim Support, HealthWatch, Shropshire Fire & Rescue.

3rd September 2014 – Shrewsbury – we delivered our SAND presentation and facilitated discussion with 9 care home staff.

28th August 2014 – Shrewsbury – we delivered our SAND presentation and facilitated discussion with 10 care home staff and their Manager.

SAND Launch
SAND Launch

5th July 2014 – Shrewsbury – SAND launch event where we welcomed our Supporter Jane Traies and about 40 people wet SAND’s head and saw our presentation.

17th June 2014 – Nottingham – The Last Outing research findings – we joined other interested parties to hear about this research undertaken by Nottingham University into end of life care needs of LGBT people

Screen-Shot-2014-07-14-at-17.42.27-460x26013th & 14th June 2014 – Liverpool – SAND hats were worn by the team attending The Unstraight Museum event at the Liverpool Museum, host venue for the April Ashley exhibition

SAND popped up at the Shrewsbury Carnival on 14th June as part of the LGBT Float which won no less than 2 awards – one for the best walking float and the other for the most unusual form of transport!Banners

May 2014 – Glendwr University – Dr Judith Wester of CEDAR CIC and a member of the SAND Action Group, gave a talk on SAND and gender inequality to 35 students in Social Care at Glyndwr University in Wrexham. The talk was very well received and students acknowledge that the problems regarding care of LGBT elderly were much greater than they previously expected. Liz Lefroy, a lecturer in the department said:

“Your presentation about the work of LGBT SAND was pitched at an intellectual and emotional level accessible for students just beginning to consider discrimination in relation to sexual identity. For students who have considered these issues before, whether for personal or professional reasons, there was enough to challenge them, particularly in the discussion about people’s experiences of discrimination on account of the multiple identities of old age, gender, residency in a care home and sexual orientation.”

20th – 22nd May 2014 – Newcastle Upon Tyne – UnLtd Care Awardees gathering where we met other Award winners focused on developing ventures which address loneliness and isolation experienced by older people and had a chance early in the day to share SAND’s work

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