September eat-ups #socialcarecurry

by George Julian

September Social Care Curry Club is taking place in just over a week, on Thursday 4 September. You can now book the following places (details of venues and times are in the eventbrite links listed):

Derby with Simran hosting

Glasgow with Fiona and Alison hosting

Hemel Hempstead with Javeda and Annie hosting

Middlesbrough with Rachael hosting

Newton Abbot with Sam and myself hosting

Southampton with Angharad and Hilary hosting

Stoke-on-Trent with Amanda hosting

Wokingham with Brian hosting (please note this is happening a day early than the others on the Wednesday as a one off)

We had hoped to also have curry in Belfast (may still) and in Birmingham and Liverpool but no-one has responded to calls to co-host, and it seems pointless to arrange a curry for one and logically if there aren’t enough people to find a co-host then there wont be others at it. If you would like to co-host or attend please add your name to the bottom of this post as a comment.

Thu 28 Aug update: I’m delighted that we can confirm we have Belfast as an option next week, with host Laura. This is the first time we’ve had an eat-up anywhere in Ireland, and we really hope it proves successful.

London is also now happening, thanks to Natasha finding a fully accessible venue (we believe, all facilities on the ground floor) – all welcome.

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Also we have had numerous enquiries about London. It would appear to be incredibly difficult to find London venues that are genuinely accessible, as much as Sue kindly agreed to go back to the place that tried to ban her and Faith (the coolest dog on the internet). We have tried four venues in London now and none have ticked all boxes: accessible, good value for money, near mainline train stations. Something has to give, and we’re not prepared for it to be accessibility, or ideally value for money, because that just becomes another barrier for participation for people. The mainline train stations is (I think, as ever shout if I’m wrong) a slightly lesser priority because if you’re getting a train into London, perhaps you could consider hosting an eat-up wherever you’re coming from? I have no real idea, sorry curriers, I’m stumped on this one and it’s a slightly taxing problem to have to try and solve from Devon!

If there is someone prepared to host in London who can find an accessible curry house then please, please add your name and venue to this post and I’ll get the booking set up. If there isn’t that’s cool, I suggest we give London a miss in September and convene a crack group of ninja curriers to solve the problem in time for December – feel free to add your name if you’d like to convene that group or join it.

Social Care Curry has always relied on its network to make it happen, it’s not complicated, book a venue, advertise and see the magic happen (no sales)….but ‘we’ are not a team of staff, we can’t advise on local venues or book them for you, and we can only do a certain amount of promo.There is still just about time to set up new eat-ups if you’re sitting there wondering why your local area hasn’t got one. Just add your name, venue and time below and I’ll add it to eventbrite with the others. You then need to do the leg work to drum up interest, and in just over a week there will be scores of people sitting down to eat curry and chat social care. Magic.

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