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 in Sussex 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, are based in Sussex, 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

Email: gigbuddies@stayuplate.org

 

 

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

FAQs about Gig Buddies

31
Oct
2014

We get asked all sorts of questions about how Gig Buddies works so we thought it would be useful to share them. If you have any other questions do get in touch though. What is Gig Buddies? It’s a volunteer befriending scheme for adults with learning disabilities and autism, matching them with a volunteer who […]

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Volunteers wanted in Eastbourne

15
Oct
2014

Do you live near Eastbourne and enjoy live music? Would you like to get out to more gigs, and at the same time enable a member of your community who has a learning disability do the same? We are looking for volunteer gig buddies in the Eastbourne area. You’d be linked up to a person […]

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Paul’s interview on Radio New Zealand

11
Oct
2014

Paul’s interview on the This Way Up programme talking about Gig Buddies  

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Gig Buddies and social franchising part 2

05
Oct
2014

This is just a very quick update but saw this very exciting tweet this morning showing that Gig Buddies Sydney is starting to build momentum. Want to see more live music gigs? Have a passion for equal rights? @gigbuddies seek #Volunteers in #Sydney http://t.co/0L8PPNCiQj — carecareers (@carecareersjobs) October 5, 2014 We’ll be out there in […]

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We’re radical and that’s official!

07
Sep
2014

We’re over the moon to have been listed in Nesta’s  list of 50 new radical organisations and people making a real difference in their communities. Of course we couldn’t have done any of this without the support of everyone who works with us to bring about real and meaningful change for people with learning disabilities. […]

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Berhana’s trip to Glastonbury ’14

17
Aug
2014

Berhana, a Gig Buddies participant writes about her experience at Glastonbury Festival ’14 There was so much to see, tents with live music on the main stage – the pyramid – well known artists. I saw Kelis and Rudimental, that I am a fan of. I enjoyed dancing with gig buddy members, the atmosphere was […]

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Storm and Thunder reflections on hosting Art-Is

16
Mar
2014

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…

24
Dec
2013

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

03
Jul
2013

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

07
Apr
2013

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

30
Mar
2013

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.

09
Feb
2013

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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