The Outsiders Club, founded by Dr Tuppy Owens in 1979, is
for adults who want to live life to the full.
Outsiders is run by members as an unique club for physically and
socially disabled and isolated people, who are looking to meet people, make
friends and potentially find a partner. The club has members all over the UK
and even abroad. Members can contact
each other and meet up at the various Outsiders lunches and events around the
country. All our members are capable of
running their own affairs.
The West Country Outsiders started in 2007 and I took over
being host and organiser four years ago. We meet up on the third Saturday of
every month at different venues for lunch and/or exciting places of
interest. The lunches and events are
informal, relaxed and fun, creating a safe environment for meeting new
I am 40 years old and have Cerebral Palsy. I am a wheelchair user and I use a
became a member seven years ago. At that
time my nearest Outsiders lunch was in Birmingham, which I attended a few
times. It was at the Birmingham lunch
that I first caught sight of my partner.
Then my partner became a regular at the West Country lunches. Three
years later we finally started going out and earlier this year he moved down to
be near me. We are now waiting for a
bungalow so we can live together, just like any other couple. There are many other happy couples around the
country, all thanks to Outsiders.
For me, not only have I found a partner through Outsiders,
but organising and hosting the West Country lunches and events has given me a
real sense of purpose too. It is true
the more members put into the club, the more members get out of the club. Finding and having a partner may take time,
so perseverance and determination is sometimes required. In the meantime you can be making new friends
and becoming as involved with the club as you wish.
Outsiders offer advice, guidance, privacy and support to its
members. All members are treated with
respect and are expected to treat each other with respect too.
You are very welcome to join us —visit our website www.outsiders.org.uk