• Tuesday Night Social

welcome to tuesday night social!

It's new, it's fresh, it's Tuesday Night Social!

We have been providing social and leisure activities for disabled people since 2008. In that time, we have run more than 600 project sessions, including more than 400 sessions at The Ark, which is our base. For the past 13 years our project has been affiliated to Phab, and their input and support has always been greatly appreciated. During the lockdowns, we all missed our Tuesday nights at The Ark and the social aspect of our project.

We started a new virtual project, iniailly via Facebook and then through Zoom, where we had regular Zoom sessions on a Tuesday and Friday, the sessions were fun, and they gave us the opportunity to catch up with friends. It wasn't the same though. We had many people that we didn't see for 18 months and it really hit home how much we were missing socialisng with our friends.

We suspended our projects before the first lockdown was introduced in March 2020, as we felt as it was the right thing to do. It was an easy decision to make, given the severity of the pandemic, but the decision to halt our project was done with many heavy hearts as we were fully aware of the impact it would have on the lives of our members and volunteers, alike. It would be fair to say at the time of the decision, we did not envisage our project being suspended for 18 months.

We took advantage of the lockdown however to assess our organisation as a whole, including our image and our objectives. It was a unique opportunity for us to look at what we do and what we have done previously and what we want to do in the future. We came to the conclusion that things had become a little stale, and something had to change.

It was unanimously agreed that we needed to freshen things up and we wanted our project to be more uniqe. We realised to be unique, we needed to be independent of Phab. We all put our thinking caps on and started to come up with new names for our project and it was quite difficult process, and we literally came up with nothing!

So we went back to basics. We knew our project would always be on a Tuesday, we knew our sessions were always of night and we knew we wanted our project to focus more on the social aspect, as this is what we had missed most during the lockdowns. We used this information and came up with Tuesday Night Social.

Our values will not change, and we will always focus on inclusion for disabled people, we will do so though by recognising how important the social aspect of life is to our organisation.

Focusing on Inclusion

We strive to create social and leisure opportunities for disabled people that will have a positive impact on both the physical and mental wellbeing of our members.