27 July 2 – 4pm
In The Café – Get-togethers with a theme

for Lesbians, Gay men, Bi and Trans people over 50
Monthly at Palmers Café in Shrewsbury SY1 1QG 

Day trips & Fundraising – Doing it for Ourselves

Are you interested in being involved in organising LGBT+ day trips for the over 50s? What about running a fundraising activity for SAND? At In The Café this month we’d welcome your ideas and involvement.

Some of our regulars at In The Cafe have asked about trips out with the group. This falls outside of what SAND can do, but we can help people from the group access support to get this off the ground.

There are lots of ways you could be involved:
• Helping decided how often & When would be best weekday, weekend, daytime, evenings?
• Sharing your ideas about Where you would people like to go gardens, bingo, an exhibition, shops, music, Pride, the beach….?
• How about transport? What’s the best way for you to be able to come along, as well as anyone else who may have disabilities?

Are you already registered or interested in becoming a registered driver with Dial-a-ride Shrewsbury, or any other community transport minibus?

Another way to get involved is to help us with our fundraising for this year. From bake sales to baked bean baths, bring along your ideas for raising money and helping SAND do its work.

At our last event in June, Karen and Sonya joined us from Radfield Domiciliary Care Service. They are the first care service in Shropshire to sign-up to making their service more inclusive of the needs of LGBT+ people. People who came said that it was “great to see the passion from the care providers”, “opening up conversations, asking questions, helping us get an insight into Radfield’s practice and ethos”, “very informative – the meeting’s worth coming to”.

What people say about In The Café

a safe, easy space to talk – with a cake and a cuppa, thankyou
be curious, ask questions
great session ~ so much food for thought

Watch this space to find out more or contact fran@lgbtsand.com

Did you know, you can get help with transport costs and arrangements when coming to SAND events.

Contact fran@lgbtsand.com

or call 01743 590023 to find out more.

Local map with car parks; the nearest is the Pay and Display car park right next to Palmer's

We first met in March 2022, to look at “Mapping What’s On that’s LGBT-friendly in Shropshire”

A small friendly group to start with, very welcoming and lots to chat about. It did high-light how few LGBT+ friendly groups and places we knew of in wider Shropshire, so some people are thinking about approaching organisations or businesses either in their local area or in their particular area of interest, to see whether they would like to ‘fly the flag’ – as being positively LGBT friendly.

In April we had Susan Palin from Wrekin Housing coming to help us decide whether to ‘Spend it or Save for my Old Age?’ People said, “I felt very cared for”, “ a lovely 2 hour with new friends” and that it was “ very informative and useful”.

In May, we had Helen Juffs – End of Life Doula – who talked to us about the importance of planning. We discussed Power of Attorney – the questions this can raise when people have no blood family in their lives, and Wills.

In June, Karen and Sonya from Radfield Home Care shared information about their services and responded to questions from the group.