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Stay up late blog

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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Gig Buddies Franchise; Gig Buddies in a Box is go!

20
Nov
2015

Applications open now for Gig Buddies franchise! Deadline 31st Jan ’16 Here’s some very exciting news – we’ve just launched our new website for ‘Gig Buddies in a Box’, which means Gig Buddies in a Box is go!! This is our project to share our work with organisations in other areas and as well as all the […]

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Michael McEwan: Inclusive club nights are essential – The Scotsman

10
Nov
2015

Great article here by an old friend of the charity, Michael McEwan, writing a piece for The Scotsman… Everyone enjoys a good night out and that is no different if you have a learning disability. Dates and Mates ran their first all inclusive club night called Late in April 2012, and due to its huge […]

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Meeting notes – Storm and Thunder team 20th Oct ’15

10
Nov
2015

Who came to the meeting? At today’s Storm and Thunder meeting we had Jamie, David, Chris, Daniel, Andrew, Bernie, Claire, Chris R, Chris L Group agreements were written up by Daniel Everyone shared some news….. Jamie – Me and David made a slo mo video. I thrashed my gig buddy again at bowling! I would like Madeline to play with us next time. […]

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Person Centred Support workshop; West Sussex CC

08
Nov
2015

What are the obstacles to truly person centred support? This blog is about a recent workshop we ran with the West Sussex Provider Forum looking at what practical steps we could take to change the way we provide support services so that people with learning disabilities are being supported in truly person centred ways. It’s […]

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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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