Recording our recent activities

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.’

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  • 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
  • 22nd July 2021 – we met with AgeUK staff in Shropshire Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire & Worcestershire to plan next steps and a timeline to launch the REACH project.
  • 21st July 2021 – we participated in a focus group around LGBT people, religion and belief – as part of a research project by Sue Westwood from York University
  • 20th July 2021 – Trudy Lutwyche, out Marketing & Design Officer had her 6 month review – we cannot believe she has been with us for 6 months already – and what a fantastic job she is doing! She is currently also helping out with the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival.
  • 13th July 2021 – we had a session with AgeUK staff in Shropshire Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire & Worcestershire, to discuss the ‘matching process’ – when someone requesting a tele-friend is ‘matched; with a volunteer tele-friender. We wanted to explore some of the potential nuances and considerations of this process for LGBT+ people.
  • 24th June 2021 – we had a follow up meeting with Kal Parkash (SaTH) and Jo Bayliss (Project Manager, Integrated Care System (ICS) People Team) regarding a proposal for collaboration
  • 11th June 2021 – a follow up meeting took place with Omega, the National Association for End of Life Care, to discuss taking forward our work together
  • 2nd June 2021 – SAND delivered the third of 3 trial training sessions via Zoom to 12 AgeUK reception/hub staff, volunteering and REACH leads.
  • 1st June 2021 – met with Kal Parkash, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Workforce Directorate (SaTH) to discuss how we can ensure LGBT+ issues inform the work of the ICS (Integrated Care System)
  • 26th May 2021 – We delivered the second of 3 trial training sessions to 12 AgeUK reception/hub staff, volunteering and REACH leads. This took place over Zoom.
  • 22nd May 2021 – SAND signed up to the new Rainbow Lottery as a new fundraising venture – tickets available!
  • 19th May 2021 – We delivered the first of 3 trial training sessions to 7 AgeUK reception/hub staff, volunteering and REACH leads. This was over Zoom
  • 4th May 2021 – Step one, Stage one – preparing for training – so lots of preparatory stuff started today when SAND Zoomed with 6 key personnel at AgeUK STW and AgeUK H&W to float training content ideas for REACH (tele-friending) volunteers which will be shaped over the next couple of months.
  • 29th April 2021 – SAND attended an End of Life review workshop and raised issues for LGBT+ people
  • 29th April 2021 – we met with the interim CEO at Shropshire Partners in Care to look at how to take forward our Covid-delayed Whole System Approach joint project
  • 27th April 2021 – follow up meeting with Wrekin Housing who want to work with us
  • 15th April 2021 – zoom instigated by the lead on Equality & Diversity in the People team of the new Integrated Care System – about how can we work together
  • 13th April 2021 – we took part in a webinar hosted by De Montfort University and entitled: We’re isolated – but are we alone? The challenges of lockdown in dementia and LGBT communities, a talk by Patrick Etteneson
  • 6th April 2021 – our Community Engagement Officer formally took up her role on 10 hrs p/wk having volunteered with us through March – welcome Fran!
  • 1st April 2021 – our Events & Volunteers Officer started working for SAND on 10 hrs a week, having cut her teeth at the mammoth online Shrewsbury LGBT+ History Festival – welcome Jade!
  • 29th March 2021 – attended an event to find out more about The Lasting Difference – how to make organisations more sustainable
  • 25th March 2021 – SAND attended a webinar to find out more about the new Rainbow Lottery
  • 23rd March 2021 – meeting with AgeUK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin and AgeUK Herefordshire & Worcestershire to plan their respective LGBT+ tele-friending services as part of a collaborative REACH initiative
  • 10th March 2021 – SAND delivered a 3 hour LGBT+ Awareness Raising Training Webinar to 8 members of staff working in Adult Social Care at Shropshire Council
  • 28th February 2021 SAND hosted a screening of Gen Silent and led a Q & A as part of the 2021 (all online) Shrewsbury LGBT+ History Festival. This received fantastic feedback from the audience.
  • 1st February 2021 SAND launched a new video for Dignity Day with the voices of LGBT+ people – expressing what dignity means to them, this was played alongside a presentation delivered to Community Health Trust Dignity Champions.Because of the ongoing lockdown restrictions due to Covid 19, the presentation was delivered virtually and via a phone line with technical support from the CHT. WE are, as yet, unaware of the number of ‘attendees’.
  • 13th January 2021 – our brand new, first ever, Marketing & Design Officer started her contract on 10 hrs p/week – welcome to the team Trudy!
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November – December 2020 – SPIC Training. These were 2-part sessions as the initial stages of a bigger piece of work (see our project A ‘Whole System’ Approach). The idea is for some of these attendees to carry on working with us to look in more detail at their own organisations:

  • 2nd & 9th December – 7 attendees
  • 19th & 26th Nov – 12 attendees
  • 3rd & 10th Nov – 7 attendees

3rd December 2020 – SAND attended an online seminar by Galop on same sex domestic abuse

2nd December 2020– zoom with Office for National Statistics about the forthcoming census and encouraging LGBT+ people to complete sections on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

27th November 2020 – zoom with Death Doula regarding potential SAND event on death and dying for February or beyond

24th November 2020 – SAND delivered a 2.5 hour session to approximately 25 social work students at Glyndwr College in Oswestry. The session was well-received and prompted the lecturer to consider where else SAND could contribute to the College curriculum.

Thanks for a positive, moving and stimulating lecture. You managed the mixed group, the technology and the subject matter beautifully (Lecturer)

  • October – November 2020 – 3 members of the SAND Team took part in the LGBT Foundation Training on Dementia
  • 18th November 2020 – SAND met with the Community Health Trust and agreed to participate in Dignity Day on 1st Feb, attending a webinar and putting together a short video on what dignity means to LGBT+ people
  • 12th November 2020 – Pilot Zoom Workshop with Shoosmiths Lawyers – attended by 12 LGBT people, all of whom gave positive feedback. The workshop consisted of a talk about issues we all face, but don’t often want to think about: wills, end of life care, power of attorney, next of kin and so on.. Knowing what rights we have, being prepared.

An interesting and engaging session by a very knowledgeable solicitor who listens and responds honestly to our concerns. I left feeling I had learnt something. An empowering experience