Recording our recent activities

  • 30th June 2022 – great meeting with 2 of the team at Covenant-holders Cruse Bereavement Support who have started a cracking action plan!
  • 28th June 2022 – we led a session on LGBT+ Awareness for 9 students and 2 staff from the nursing preceptorship – at Telford FC
  • 28th June 2022 – we held our first Face-to-Face public training since the start of the pandemic – wonderful to see training participants in 3 dimensions! All 5 of them!
  • 24th June 2022 – we jumped onto a Teams meeting with 3 members of Shropshire Council’s Covenant working group
  • 23rd June 2022 – catch up meeting with Coverage Care to discuss their Covenant Action Plan
  • 22nd June 2022 – In the Cafe with guests from Radfield Home Care and 10 attendees.
  • 14th June 2022 – catch up meeting with the Integrated care System (ICS) to move their Covenant Action Plan on a notch
  • 10th June 2022 – we met with 3 Council officers working in areas of Leisure & Tourism and discussed interesting ideas about exhibition spaces and potential venues for events
  • 9th June 2022 – we delivered the first of 7 online training sessions for Wrekin Housing Group. Each one is 2.5hrs long and, in total we trained XX members of staff (TBC).!
  • 25th May 2022 – In the Cafe 3 touching on Wills, looking at Powers of Attorney and getting our ducks in a row, with guest End of Life Doula Helen Juffs. 11 people in total, incl Helen and 2 of the SAND team (on duty)
  • 10th May 2022 – we had a stall at the Healthwatch Shropshire event “One Chance, conversations and information about death and dying”, where we had conversations with about 10 different people about what SAND does
  • 10th May 2022 – we delivered a commissioned course on LGBT Awareness to 8 of the team at Radfield Home Care.
  • 27th April 2022 – In the Cafe – Spend it or Save it for Old Age – contributors from Wrekin Housing Group joined the session to shine some light on the mysteries of finance in our later years. A total of 14 people were in attendance incl 2 from Wrekin, 2 of the SAND team and 3 volunteers.
  • 23rd March 2022 – we hosted out first ‘In the Cafe’ event – 2 hours dedicated to older and old LGBT+ people –  Supporting individuals to be active in and to contribute to the Campaign to EMBRACE A CULTURE OF INCLUSION. These 2 hr events are themed and this one was around the spaces and places that feel welcoming of LGBT+ people as we age. 10 people in attendance in total, incl 3 of the SAND Team. We are really pleased to have 4 volunteers helping us out as well!
  • 14th March 2022 – we delivered our LGBT Awareness Training to 13 counsellors at Crane Quality Counselling
  • 13th March 2022 – the screening of Two of Us – a French film telling the story of an older lesbian couple living hidden lives and the implications for their love when one of them falls ill. SAND helped the Old Market Hall to promote this film.
  • 11th March 2022 – a catch up meeting today with Wrekin Housing Group who are starting to develop their Action Plan for the Covenant
  • 10th March 2022 – today it was great to touch base once again with Coverage Care who have just signed up to the Covenant!
  • 9th March 2022 – 4 SAND volunteers came together with some of the team, to plan for the very first In the Cafe event coming up later this month

Two of Us (Deux)

  • 1st March 2022 – catching up with staff from the Adult Social Care Team at Shropshire Council to take the Covenant discussions forward
  • 25th February 2022 – we met with a Project Manager from the Integrated Care System People Team to discuss furthering the Covenant
  • 17th February 2022 – we started full on discussions with an external consultant about longevity ad risk assessment for SAND and for our EMBRACE project
  • 10th February 2022 – this was the second of 2 online training sessions with REACH volunteers at AgeUK Herefordshire & Worcestershire
  • 10th February 2022 – we met with the Associate Director of Equality and Inclusion at the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to discuss the Covenant
  • 10th February 2022 – catching up with staff from the Adult Social Care Team at Shropshire Council to take the Covenant discussions another step forward
  • 4th-6th February 2022 – Two of us took to the hills (in Malvern) to spend 3 solid days buckling down to framing, planning and writing our upcoming Facilitator Training course! We called it Winter School and it was a very successful trip!
  • 3rd February 2022 – this was the first of 2 online training sessions with REACH volunteers at AgeUK Herefordshire & Worcestershire
  • 3rd February 2022 – this was a busy day, as we also delivered our very first ‘public’ training course – it was over Zoom and we had 11 participants – the lovely people gave some great feedback!
  • 2nd February 2022 – we met with staff at Qube to talk through areas of connection and the potential for the Covenant
  • 27th January 2022 – we met with a member of the Adult Social Care Team at Shropshire Council to talk about the Covenant
  • 27th January 2022 – we gave a dress rehearsal for our upcoming LGBT Awareness Training – thanks to Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin for being our guinea pigs!!
  • 25th January 2022 – took part in an event on: Equality and Diversity Issues in Care Homes Research. Organised by BSG Care Homes Research Special Interest Group
  • 24th January 2022 – we met with an outreach nurse at Severn Hospice to discuss LGBT+ Awareness Training and the Covenant.
  • 21st January 2022 – conversation with Independent Domestic Violence Advisor from West Mercia Women’s Aid re support needed for LGBT+ people in STW experiencing domestic abuse
  • 19th January 2022 – Covenant catch up with Citizen’s Advice Shropshire
  • 18th January 2022 – continued meetings and conversations with Shropshire Partners in Care at a time when all care providers are struggling because of Covid SPIC
  • 18th January 2022 – we made links with Shropshire Council’s Bereavement Services 
  • 13th January 2022 – we met with Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin to start discussions about them signing up to the Covenant
  • 21st November 2021 – SAND Away Day – 8 of us gathered at The Hive in Shrewsbury on this Sunday for a productive day re-grouping, discussing where we are at, where we want to be and how we might get there.
  • 27th October 2021 – we delivered the very first training for the first cohort of REACH volunteers. 5 prospective volunteers took part, alongside key personnel from AgeUK STW and members of the SAND team (9 of us in all).
  • 25th September 2021 – Afternoon tea & chat with a focus on “Planning for Ageing”. With a full list of takers for Sandy Island Discs, hosted by Radio Shropshire’s Paul Shuttleworth, input on Age UKs REACH initiative and presentations by Lanyon Bowdler and End of Life Doula, Helen Juffs – the afternoon was already information packed when the ‘Getting it Together’ game tested our knowledge and made us ask some of those questions that we often put off til later. Over 30 LGBT+ people and our allies came along to find out more.

‘It was a most interesting and rewarding afternoon, leaving us with a lot to consider. A very friendly bunch too.’

Event participant

  • 15th September 2021 – we met with local solicitors Lanyon Bowdler who are really keen to work with us
  • 9th September 2021 – we gave a presentation to Shropshire VCSA Board where we spoke publicly for the first time about The Covenant. We were delighted by the response and to welcome Citizens Advice Shropshire as our first pilot to sign up!
  • 23rd August 2021 – A further meeting with AgeUK organisations to plan the next steps of the REACH Project
  • 20th August 2021 – we had a productive meeting with a local Residential Care Manager who is very keen to work with us to look at developing inclusive provision
  • 13th August 2021 – we continue our meetings with members of Shropshire’s Integrated Care System to take forward our collaborative working