Promoting the right for people with learning disabilities to have a choice about how they live their lives

Gig Buddies

Would you like to get out to more gigs?


Gig Buddies is a project that pairs up people with and without learning disabilities to be friends and to go to events together. 

We regularly recruit new volunteers to buddy up with a person who has a learning disability.

We are looking for volunteers all over Sussex, including Brighton and Hove, Worthing, Chichester, Lewes, Uckfield, Eastbourne and Hastings. Find out more about volunteering.

If you have a learning disability and would like to go to more events, join Gig Buddies!100_0044

The Gig Buddies manager will come and meet you, to talk to you about the project. You’ll then be paired with somebody who shares your interests to attend gigs and other events with.

Your buddy will have a full criminal records check and will be trained and informed about how to support you best.

Download Gig Buddies leaflet here

Download our Volunteer Guidelines here

Download our Volunteer Policy here

Scan the QR code for an audio version of the Gig Buddies leafletqrcode.Gig_Buddies_leaflet

Frequently Asked Questions

More useful information and documents for our volunteers are available.


MadelineIf you’d like to participate contact:

Madeline on mobile: 07827228171




Check out the Gig Buddies’ ‘Storm and Thunder Team’ Blog here 


Here’s a short movie about our trip to Glastonbury 2013


Gig Buddies News

Storm and Thunder reflections on hosting Art-Is


Stay Up Late had a fantastic time hosting our friends from all over on the 6th-9th March 2014 Here’s some thoughts on how it went:   Thursday: Trip to Heart n Soul by Andrew On Thursday, Stay Up Late went to Heart n Soul! It was to do with their art and music project. We […]

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Gig Buddies in its first year…


In January 2013, I was lucky enough to step into the role of setting up and running the Gig Buddies project…and so began a year of adventure, where I’ve seen an incredible group of people with and without a learning disability pour their energy into getting to know another person and enjoying some fun times […]

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Gig Buddies at Glastonbury


We’ll be adding more about Gig Buddies first trip to Glastonbury soon but for starters here’s a short film about our trip.

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City Camp – Gig Buddies presentation


It was fantastic to be back at City Camp in Brighton in March giving an update to everyone on where we are with Gig Buddies, the winning pitch at City Camp in 2012. The whole City Camp set up is very inspiring, a group of disparate people with a whole variety of skills and interests […]

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City Camp 2 – one year on from winning with Gig Buddies


What a year it’s been! Since pitching Gig Buddies as the winning idea at City Camp 2 in March 2012 it’s been a year of fundraising and preparing the ground to launch Gig Buddies, and the big leap forward was being able to employ our Project Manager, Madeline, in January. Here’s a link to our […]

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Gig Buddies – buddies and volunteers wanted, Brighton and East Sussex.


Love live music? Reckon that everyone has the right to Stay Up Late?   We think that all people with learning disabilities should be able to live their lives the way they want to. You can help make this vision a reality by becoming a Gig Buddy. You will be paired up with somebody with […]

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