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

Stay up late blog

Our quick inclusive club survey – the results

24
Apr
2017

Last month we sent round our very very short inclusive club survey to people running club nights for people with learning disabilities to find out what was going on at 9pm in 2017. Depressingly not much seems to have changed since we started the Stay Up Late campaign 10 years ago, although a lot has […]

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Music as the Great Equaliser

21
Apr
2017

A guest post by Jenny Holt Musicians know the power of music, but they may not have considered that those with disabilities feel that power just as much as they do – maybe even more. Music has a calming effect on those with sensory processing issues and can provide a common ground for those with […]

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Meet Karen – running in the Brighton marathon for us

06
Apr
2017

Karen is a Gig Buddies volunteer and has run the Brighton marathon for us before and so we thought it would be nice to also interview her to find out more about her preparations and what’s she’s been going through these past years! Have you run any marathon’s before? I ran it for the fist time […]

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Meet Jade – running for us in the Brighton Marathon

05
Apr
2017

We’ve got 3 fabulous runners fundraising for us in this year’s Brighton marathon. Here’s an interview with Jade one of these awesome people… Have you run any marathon’s before? This is my second marathon, my first was Brighton in 2013. For my mum it’s her first marathon and she’s doing it to tick it off […]

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Do you run club nights for people with learning disabilities?

17
Mar
2017

Do you have the problem of everybody leaving at 9pm? We’d love to know what your experiences are when the clock strikes 9pm. Could you take a couple of minutes to complete a few questions? We’ve got a plan forming for trying to do something about this and we’d love you to be involved. Just […]

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Recruiting staff and involving people with learning disabilities at Stay Up Late

16
Mar
2017

In this post we’re introducing our new Gig Buddies Project Assistant, Harri, and look at our approach to recruiting staff at Stay Up Late. At Stay Up Late we always want to try and involve our participants as much as possible in the recruitment of our staff team as we can’t do a good job […]

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Noise Reel Brighton meets the Gig Buddies, C Duncan and AK/DK

13
Mar
2017

Thank you to BmusicTV for including us in their latest episode of Noise Reel. They came down to interview us at our fundraiser with Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip and Pog at Komedia Brighton in Feb ’17. It’s always lovely to be asked to be involved in things like this, and we also really enjoyed the session […]

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Chester Voluntary Action – campaigning podcast

12
Mar
2017

We were delighted to be asked by Chester Voluntary Action to be involved in their first podcast ‘Disability Focus’ where they were concentrating on the issue of the Stay Up Late campaign. We love being involved in things like this and also are always excited to hear how people are campaigning in their local areas. […]

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Gig Buddies in a Box – whats in the box?

28
Feb
2017

Last week I was working with our newest partners, The Aldingbourne Trust, who are going to be running Gig Buddies in Portsmouth. It’s really exciting for us (and them of course!) and they’re going to be working out of a fantastic venue based right off the bustling Fratton High Street. I think they were expecting […]

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Social franchising – the biggest risk?

26
Feb
2017

We found ourselves in the world of social franchising purely by accident. We came up with the idea of Gig Buddies because we thought it would be a good project to run in our city Brighton and Hove. People got excited about what we were doing and ever since we’ve had a steady stream of […]

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