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

Stay up late blog

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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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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