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Stay up late blog

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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Watch Out Beethoven, You Have Some Competition

09
Feb
2017

A guest post from Jenny Holt about how our musical tastes might affect our studies… Watch Out Beethoven, You Have Some Competition During high school, music defined our life. We were all so worried about liking the right kind of music to fit in with the right group of kids. Did I wear the right […]

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Run for us in Brighton Marathon 2017

03
Feb
2017

Are you thinking of entering the Brighton Marathon? It’s always a great event in the city and this year we’ve been offered subsidised places for anyone who’d like to run it and raise funds for Stay Up Late. We need to at least cover our costs on this, and will provide a Stay Up Late […]

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Gig review at Sticky Mike’s Frogbar 27th Jan

01
Feb
2017

What was the venue like? The venue was Sticky Mikes Frog bar in Brighton and the gig was in the downstairs room. I could not use the stairs so Joe, who worked at Sticky Mikes, took us to the pitch black lift next door and managed to get us downstairs he was really helpful and […]

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Social work – what we talked about at our first meal

31
Jan
2017

Last week was the first of our meals as part of our project with the social work students at University of Brighton to investigate if there’s a way in which we can meaningfully involve people with lived experience of having support to help teach students, outside of the usual classroom settings of universities. The format is […]

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Social work – why we’re making a meal of it

21
Jan
2017

This week we started a new short project which is being funded thanks to the Community and University Partnership Programme at the University of Brighton to help develop the way the university involves people with lived experience of using services in teaching social work students. Another project that started with a pint of beer It […]

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Bella Todd’s review writing workshop for gig buddies!

18
Jan
2017

It was great to see Bella again! I am kind of new to review writing in the art scene. So it was great to join Bella’s workshop with some other gig buddies to learn how to write reviews for live music, I liked this challenge!   Here is her main advice for writing reviews If […]

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Bognor – getting more Gig Buddies involved in the town

17
Jan
2017

Today I’ve spent the day with Victoria, our new Quality Checker, who wanted to show me round her home town of Bognor and talk about ideas she has for getting the word out about Gig Buddies to get more people with learning disabilities and volunteers involved in volunteering in Bognor too. Victoria is also really […]

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December 2016 Meeting – Celebration and planning socials for next year!

20
Dec
2016

Summary: We planned Gig Buddies socials for next year. We ate biscuits! Date: 20th December 2016 Ideas for 2017 socials: Actions: Kate will use the ideas for socials to plan Gig Buddies in 2017. Kate and Holly will keep checking back to them when they write the newsletters over the year. Kate and Victoria will […]

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Three heroes called Andrew and why we love volunteering

02
Dec
2016

We are always truly blown away by the volunteering contributions people make to the Stay Up Late and Gig Buddies movements! And it just so happens that three of them recently have been called Andrew. So here you go, three heroes called Andrew… Paying tribute to 3 volunteering heroes of ours called Andrew… Andrew number […]

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