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The Left Handers Club

Left Handers ClubIn 1989 a we undertook a major survey of our customers to determine their degree of left-handedness and allow them to put their views and experiences. From the enormous response to this Survey, it became clear that many left-handers wanted a forum to discuss aspects of left-handedness on a continuing basis.

To meet this need, the Left-Handers Club was formed in 1990. The Left-Handers Club aims to keep members in touch with developments, make their views known to manufacturers and others, provide a help and advice line, to promote research into left-handedness and development of new left-handed items.

Since its formation the Club has gone from strength to strength with members all over the world and is highly regarded as the foremost pressure group and advice centre on all aspects of left-handedness. Most notably, campaigns by the Left-Handers Club have been responsible for:

  • The modification of potentially dangerous hand-held power tools by a major manufacturer
  • The introduction of left-handed cheque books by all major banks in the U.K.
  • The production of the only training video for teachers & parents of left-handed children to show the best way to assist them in attaining the vital basic skills of handwriting, cutting etc. without difficulty or discomfort.

On 13th August 1992 the Club launched International Left-Handers Day, an annual event when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed. This event is now celebrated worldwide, and in the U.K. alone there were over 20 regional events to mark the day in 2001- including left-v-right sports matches, a left-handed tea party, pubs using left-handed corkscrews where patrons drank and played pub games with the left hand only, and nationwide “Lefty Zones” where left-handers creativity, adaptability and sporting prowess were celebrated, whilst right-handers were encouraged to try out everyday left-handed objects to see just how awkward it can feel using the wrong equipment!

These events have contributed more than anything else to the general awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handers experience in everyday life, and have successfully led to improved product design and greater consideration of our needs by the right-handed majority – although there is still a long way to go!

 

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64 comments on “Left Handers Club
  1. Angela Brown says:

    I’ve had remarks from employers who when they realised I was left handed were reluctant to take me on as everything was set up ‘normal’. I simply told them: “I’m very adaptable; I live in a right handed world”. Sometimes the penny dropped, but far too often I’d get a puzzled face looking back at me; So, I’d have to explain.
    When I had a job as a postie, I ended up with an audience while I sorted letters into pigeon holes in utter amazement has I sorted away as fast as they did – when not gorping at me!
    There are things I’d like to change about myself, but never have I wanted to be a ‘normal’ rightie.

  2. Jacki Flint says:

    Hi

    Just found out about your club. I love being left handed and have realised in adult life I am ampidexterious too. I can write backwards with ease with both hands at the same time, this was very useful when I worjed eith teens.. I often cannot decide whether I am left or right when batting. At school needlework was horribke as i could not cut with the scissors, bot even realising why. The bat of a teacher had leftcones but they were blunt and looking back I think she didnt help me because i was very lefty at school. Doesnt matrer my problem solving brain kicked in atcm a young age I can sort most things. But gues my creative stuff was not accessed this part was held back. I am very sad about that. I want to use more time being creative too as I feel it has been surpressed and is my aim this year. Thanks lefties

  3. Janet Boocock says:

    They do say left handed people are more intellectual. I agree from a left handed person.

  4. Stuart A Gilleland says:

    This is really special. Everyone always thought that I was wasn’t normal and were constantly trying to make me right handed. I still had to do things right handed because that just the way it was. An example was when I played baseball I didn’t have my own glove so I had to borrow a right handed glove. I played outfield and would catch the ball, throw the ball up in the air, through the glove down, then catch the ball when it was coming down, and then throw the ball. I’m in my mid 60’s and back then everything was made for right handed people.It’s good to know that I’m not a freak.

  5. ERIN A. WELCH says:

    I WANT THE NEWS LETTER STARTED UO AGAIN PMEASE. THANK YOU!

  6. Cheryl says:

    Hi I am a ‘lefty’ ‘south paw’ etc and many other names that righthanded people tend to call us. During my Junior School my then teacher Miss Oakley hit my left hand several times with a ruler to stop me from writing lefthanded, I didn’t tell my mam until one day I went home with my hand red and swollen and mam asked how this had happened – the next day she went down the school to speak to the teacher but the headmaster refused to let her speak to the teacher. I clearly remember the incidents and the teacher to this day and I am 64. I write lefthanded and iron lefthanded, use a spoon lefthanded but knife and fork righthanded. I have great difficulty in fastening bra straps is this common with left handed people?

    • Daniella Eckardt says:

      It is a definite problem..
      What I do is..to first tie the bra clip..before I put it on, as in, the bra is inside out, and upside down, I secure it, as the clips face the correct way for me,,then swing it to my back, and flip it over and only then put it on properly..sounds like a lot but it is the only way I know..

  7. Warren L Stahmer says:

    I’m looking forward to being a member of the club.

  8. Jeanne Hambleton says:

    I suffered with a ruler across my knuckles while writing left handed when I first started school. That memory has stuck in my mind and I have been proud to be LH ever since. As a matter of interest a left hand brain is different and worth a look. It is strong and we know where we are going. It has never been a problem for me since I started school at 5. Maybe I should add LH after my name on articles I write.

  9. Naomichi Hirao says:

    Hi from Japan. I attended your shop back in March 1991. And it was so sweet memory of mine.

  10. Marelize says:

    Good day, hope you are well. I want to find out – my son is turning 8 this year and today he’s teacher told me that he must actually left handed. how can I start with him to wright with hes left hand?

  11. ERIN A. WELCH says:

    I AGREE WITH KATHLEEN JAMES! I WRITE LEFT BUT I DO USE MY RIGHT FOR JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE!IT JUST FEELS WEIRD IF I DO N’T!

  12. Kathleen James says:

    I love this organisation. Although I’ve not bought a lot of the left-handed items (I managed to adapt and I’m now nearer my 50s than my 40s so I don’t think there’s much hope for me) the resources are brilliant

  13. Lynn says:

    I’m thrilled. Tools are the biggest optical I end up using them right handed otherwise they are not safe. Drafting is difficult because some tools are right handed. In the USA most table desks are right handed. When there is a left handed one you have to enter it on the other side. All USA cars are for right handed people.

  14. Annette Kelly says:

    Brilliant shop back in the day. I had a left-handed fountain pen & ruler. Also a butter knife.

    • Tet says:

      I have been looking and asking for a Left-Handed guitar case ! All I get told is it fits in a right handed case, but I don’t want a right handed one . Then I get told no one has asked

  15. Ronnie hodson says:

    Hi to all lefties out there I bet one time in your life people ask you WHY are you writing upside down or the way you write looks OD I think there’s one or two out there who have negative views on something to me is national they say we have a gift well I’m still trying to find out the meaning of that RONNIE

  16. Jill Lyons says:

    Awesome site!

  17. Elizabeth Ann Shuss says:

    I’m 62 years old and basically adjusted to the right-handed world when I began school in 1959. I still have a few left handed talents; writing, painting, crocheting and I bowl right-handed but have left-handed footing (which is very odd). I have learned to use scissors but have had very awkward moments over the years and I still staple papers together on the top right corner, which throws everyone for a loop. Having fun with my individuality and I can’t wait to try the pens and notebooks made for lefties!

    • kenneth says:

      hi there I am a leftie and people just don’t understand me I am always misunderstood and when I tell people that the world was build from the right handed people they tell me that I’m wrong then if I’m wrong then way don’t we see more left handed things being build for us lefties so us lefties have to use our right hand for some things and we use our left hand for some things and in some cases we can use our left hand or our right hand but yes it is so much fun to mess with there heads it mind blows them is that a little wicked lol.

  18. David says:

    I recently had occasion to use the (free) internet connection in my local (Carphilly Borough Council) library. I was appalled to discover that they had removed the facility for swapping the mouse buttons to allow left-handed use of the mouse.

    It was only when the local Disability CanDo group complained about this that the facility was restored. I remember an elderly primary school teacher trying to get me to use my right hand, but that was 70 years ago and she had come out of retirement because of WW2. To see this today horrified me.

  19. Sparkle says:

    This need an app. An app should be created where we can shop, complain about how everything in stores are made for right handers and other stuff. I think it’ll be a great experience to finally have something dedicated to us specifically.

  20. CLAIRE HASELWOOD says:

    I’m left handed and I was recently helping my 6 year old daughter with her model making homework. I asked her to hold and glue something and she couldn’t do it. It was then I realised that I had given it to her the left handed way. My 12yr old is left handed as well and this was the first time I had to look at things from a right handed viewpoint.