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Stay up late blog

Video about Gig Buddies Sydney

06
Nov
2015

More about Gig Buddies Sydney We were thrilled to get sent this video from Gig Buddies Sydney showing the impact of the project from a young man with learning disabilities, his volunteer and his mum. See the bottom of this post to watch the video. Here’s a bit of background about how it came about… Our […]

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Inclusion for people with learning disabilities

05
Nov
2015

ARC’s Here and Now Inclusion Conference, Wolverhampton. I was really excited to be running a session at the Association for Real Change annual conference in Wolverhampton which was focussing on inclusion and human rights for people with learning disabilities., especially as I was co-presenting with Shaun Webster MBE and Kate Sibthorp from the National Coproduction Advisory Group […]

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Gig Buddies Christian and Jo tell their story

03
Nov
2015

Two Gig Buddies tell their story At our recent Annual General Meeting Christian and Jo told us what being Gig Buddies meant to them. Here’s their fantastic presentation: We met about 18 months ago – were matched up. Every town and city should have a Gig Buddy project. People with learning disabilities are often quite […]

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Social isolation – a potential lifetime of it?

30
Oct
2015

Spending cuts and the impact on social isolation Last week I had an email from East Sussex County Council. The email was announcing a consultation the council are holding around the very difficult decisions they are going to be making around the Adult Social Care Budgets. This is due to the reduced funding the council will be getting from central […]

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Art promotes friendship – Lilly Cook

23
Oct
2015

Massive thank you to Lilly Cook who has written this guest blog for us. There is a perception in the world that people with disabilities have to be in bed early, and can’t have a social life. This is totally wrong, this is why you have organisations such a Stay Up Late and Heart and […]

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Communications departments – what’s the purpose?

18
Oct
2015

Recently I was leading a workshop at the Association for Real Change (ARC) in Wolverhampton. I’d not intended it to create debate about the role of communications departments but it did raise some interesting questions. Please don’t Tweet because of my communications department! At the end of the session I asked everyone to think about what […]

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Stay Up Late, the story so far…

18
Oct
2015

Stay Up Late – explaining more about our history When we look back at how Stay Up Late started we’ve been really lucky to do some crazy and exciting things. It all started with Heavy Load and the documentary being made. That led to touring the UK, playing in New York and Europe, and even […]

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Gig Buddies newsletter – Oct/Nov ’15

05
Oct
2015

Here’s the latest Gig Buddies newsletter with news and reviews. It’s been another busy few months here at the Stay Up Late offices as our Gig Buddies project grows and grows and we now have over 60 pairs of buddies regularly going out to gigs. On top of that we’ve got more volunteers and participants […]

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Gig Buddies at Glastonbury Festival

02
Oct
2015

In conversation with Ang and Kittie, talking about their first time at Glastonbury Festival with Gig Buddies Ang and Kittie are a Gig Buddies participant and volunteer and went to Glastonbury Festival this year. This is a conversation between them about the experience. Their first ever trip to Glasto. And what a trip it was…! […]

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Volunteer Charter from The Disability Action Alliance

01
Oct
2015

About the Volunteer Charter The vision of The Disability Action Alliance’s volunteer charter is to create a society in which the contribution of disabled people as volunteers is valued. Also that volunteering opportunities are widely available and are accessible. The aims are: To increase the number of volunteering opportunities for people with disabilities. To make sure volunteering opportunities […]

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