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

Stay up late blog

What’s your bedtime? Why do we care?

04
Feb
2016

This week I’ve been following a long Twitter discussion in response to Mark Neary’s blog The 40 Unit Home Sweet Home about plans to build a ’40 bedded supported living centre’ in Northumberland. The Twitter conversation started with people questioning how such a place could be anyone’s home and then started to develop with some professionals suggesting […]

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Guide to Disability Arts and Equal Opportunities

03
Feb
2016

Disability Arts Online and The Arts Council have produced a new guide to Disability Arts and Equal Opportunities. The aim of the guide is to show ways in which arts centres, arts organisations and artists can increase involve more people with disabilities through new approaches. The guide also makes the creative case for how this will also […]

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BBC6Music – Gig Buddies on the Steve Lamaqc show

28
Jan
2016

Independent Venue Week and Gig Buddies on BBC6Music This week Madeline, our Gig Buddies Project Manager, was interviewed on the Steve Lamaqc show on BBC6Music. We were thrilled to partner up with Independent Venue Week this year. We see Independent Venues as vital places in our communities, there’s a wealth of music to go and […]

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Meeting notes: – Storm and Thunder team 17th Nov ’15

05
Jan
2016

Today we talked about Gig Meet-ups These are the meeting notes from our latest Storm and Thunder team. Meeting notes: – Storm and Thunder team 17th Nov ’15 Who was there? Daniel, David, Jamie, Bernie, Chris R, Claire, Chris L We shared some news. We did some planning for the Learning Disability today conference including choosing all the final ideas for […]

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Musicians of Benares come to Stay Up Late

22
Dec
2015

What happened when we jammed with the Musicians of Benares? At Stay Up Late we think of ourselves as very much ‘YES’ people. We try to make the most of any opportunities given to us, particularly ones that will challenge us and teach us new things. When we were invited to collaborate in a workshop with […]

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Christmas speech from our trustee Daniel

21
Dec
2015

This is the first Christmas speech from our trustee Daniel and we’re looking forward to many more. He gave this speech at one of our Gig Buddies Christmas socials. Daniel’s Christmas speech Ladies, Gentlemen and cows, On behalf of myself as a trustee I would just like to say thank you to all the gig buddies […]

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Gig Buddies and Independent Venue Week

16
Dec
2015

Gig Buddies is linking up with Independent Venue Week We know that we can help people feel much more involved in their communities simply by attending gigs and developing new friendships as a result. We are therefore really excited that this January Gig Buddies will be partnering with Independent Venue Week – Monday 25th January – Sunday […]

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Support workers – valuing their roles

30
Nov
2015

Are we valuing support workers’ roles in learning disability services? I’ve been doing a series of workshops at Provider Forums, Partnership Boards and conferences over the past couple of months with the aim of trying to work out what we have within our power to change in the settings we work in to enable people […]

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Survey – one lucky winner of £40 record vouchers

28
Nov
2015

The State of Staying Up Late Survey We’ve just launched this survey to find out more about the state of Staying Up Late right now for people. We’d be really grateful if you could could take 10 minutes to respond and as a way of saying thank you one lucky person will get pulled out […]

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Punk AGM – 24th Oct ‘15, what are our next big ideas?

25
Nov
2015

Punk AGM #2 Last year we held our first ‘Punk AGM’ – we thought it went so well we’d do it again, and this time loads more people turned up. As a new charity we’re really keen to make the most of our charity Annual General Meeting and this is the second year running of […]

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