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Archive for February, 2015

Thank you to Swift Locksmiths

23
Feb
2015

Thank you to Swift Locksmiths who have awarded us a £50 prize which we will use to pass this on to two lucky Gig Buddies so they can put it towards a night out of their choice.

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Gig Buddies in Australia – Day 8

21
Feb
2015

Today was our last day in Sydney so we went off to Paddy’s Market – the place to get your souvenirs and another chance to soak up some sunshine, we’re still having to remind ourselves that it’s not going to be summer when we get home, and will be in for a shock. It was […]

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Our tips for running a club night

20
Feb
2015

Recently we’ve been made aware of a disco opening up for people at lunchtimes so as to work round the usual 9pm exodus. I have no idea how successful these events are but come on who goes out clubbing at lunch time? Stay Up Late started because we wanted to promote the rights of people […]

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Minutes from February’s meeting

18
Feb
2015

Who was there? Harry, Chris, David, Michael, Bernie, Luc, Dan, Claire, Jamie, Kate & Rosie-It was a big meeting today and for some of us it was our first! As Madeline and Paul were away, Harry helped take the meeting this month.   What did we discuss? We talked about how we can make sure […]

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TotalJobs – volunteering opportunities

17
Feb
2015

Thank you to TotalJobs for mentioning us in their blog about volunteering jobs you might not have heard of, helping to spread the word about Gig Buddies.

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Gig Buddies in Australia – Day 7

17
Feb
2015

Today Andrew spent the morning writing a blog with Matt at ACL Disability Services talking about his role as a Gig Buddy and his experiences of his first time in Australia. We also ha d a tour of the very impressive intranet at ACL which enables all staff to successfully deliver individually tailored support packages […]

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Gig Buddies in Australia – Day 6

16
Feb
2015

“because nobody with a learning disability is different to anybody else and we should all be treated the same” After all that fun on the beach yesterday, by contrast, we’ve spent all day today at the National Disability Service conference in Sydney where the theme of the day has been all about the new National […]

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Gig Buddies in Australia – Day 5

15
Feb
2015

We’ve carried on the theme of being total tourists today and done absolutely no work whatsoever, instead our kind hosts from ACL Disability Services  took us out to Palm Beach, otherwise known as Summer Bay, the home of Home and Away. A lovely day of chatting, putting the world to rights, and soaking up the beautiful […]

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Gig Buddies in Australia – Day 4

14
Feb
2015

Today started off with some great news from back home, The Pebbles Trust from Brighton have kindly funded our public liability insurance for the third year running. This is invaluable support for our work and it’s fantastic that they can support us in this way. We decided to take it slow today still getting over […]

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Gig Buddies launches in Australia – official press release

14
Feb
2015

GIG BUDDIES LAUNCHES IN AUSTRALIA  Gig Buddies tonight launched in Australia with an event in Sydney at UNSW Roundhouse in Kensington. This unique program links adults who have a learning disability to a volunteer who has similar interests in music, or other activities, to go out together. Already successful in the UK, Gig Buddies aims […]

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