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The West Country Outsiders

By sarahbatten  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

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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

people. 

 

I am 40 years old and have Cerebral Palsy.  I am a wheelchair user and I use a

Lightwriter with people who aren't used to my speech.  I found it very difficult to find a partner, due to my speech impairment and shyness.  Through the internet, I found Outsiders and

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

 

Sarah Batten

    

 

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