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Stay up late blog

Storm and Thunder meeting 16-6-2017

16
Jun
2017

Storm and Thunder Meeting   Friday 16/06/17   News from the Storm and Thunder meeting Chris Rider – has Been To Lanzarote Victoria – Busy Working This Week, Boiler Blew Up and has Holiday in August to Burnley to see family Harri – Saw a Friend not seen for 2 Years, got a Social Tonight Holly […]

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Heavy Load reunion plans and round-up of recent posts

15
Jun
2017

Here’s a round-up of some of our recent news, opinion posts and some videos, and for those of you want to know more about the Heavy Load reunion plans all we can say is that we’re working on the plans (stick 28th Oct in your diaries) and more updates soon. TEDx Brighton Here’s Paul’s talk […]

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Meet The Wild Rainbows – our LGBTQ+ advisory group

14
Jun
2017

After watching the Brighton pride parade in 2015, my Gig Buddies team discussed how we had not noticed any visibility of organisations supporting LGBTQ+ people with learning disabilities. We knew it would be a great opportunity for our gig buddies who identify as LGBTQ+ or unsure to have the chance to march in Pride alongside […]

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Campaigning workshops – a resource to help make change happen

12
Jun
2017

At last year’s Learning Disability England conference we were asked to run campaigning workshops looking at practical ways to make positive changes in the lives of the people we support. It’s tempting, and easy, to blame the constant pressures of funding cuts as being the reason why we can’t support people to lead great lives […]

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Labels for people with learning disabilities

12
Jun
2017

This was going to be an article I wanted to write about the use of labels for people with learning disabilities and how we are part of the movement of people who want to lose (and challenge) de-humanising terms. Since my previous article about the importance of writing things in the diary (and how this brought […]

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Heavy Load’s re-union plans

27
May
2017

And how they came crashing down… I’m going to be honest and say that this post isn’t just about one incident, it’s years and years of frustration at seeing how small lapses of ‘care’ can have huge impacts on the people that we support, from my personal experiences of being in the band Heavy Load. […]

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Mailchimp and how to make sure people read your newsletters

24
May
2017

This week I’ve been having a bit of clear up of Mailchimp newsletter mailing list. We’ve built it up over the years from people who were fans of Heavy Load, fans of the Heavy Load movie, people who wanted to support the Stay Up Late campaign and latterly people interested in Gig Buddies. Over this time […]

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Storm and Thunder meeting May 2017

19
May
2017

News from the Storm and Thunder team Claire – Gardening, Newsletter Chris Rider – Going on Activities Been working at The R.S.P.C.A. Fed Some Creepy Crawlies Tom – Looking For Flats To Be Independent Daniel – Went To Every Sort Of Peoples Festival at Lewes Luc – Helped To With Research Bernie – Went To […]

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How we made a meal of ‘user involvement’

12
May
2017

Our ‘user involvement’ project with University of Brighton At Stay Up Late we always challenge ourselves to make the running of the charity and our Gig Buddies project as user-led as possible. Between us we’ve also got a lot of experience in the team of involving people with learning disabilities in really meaningful ways through the […]

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Pete Thomas – Taming The Saxophone

24
Apr
2017

We’re really grateful to the support we’ve just had from Pete Thomas who has donated £5000 to support the work of Gig Buddies through sales of his CDs and tuition books Taming The Saxophone and from donations from members of Cafe Saxophone. Thank you Pete and everyone at Cafe Saxophone – it’s just amazing when people do […]

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