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

Stay up late blog

Extra Time’s young punks

20
Nov
2014

It was fantastic to reunite most if the Stay Up Late (who’s first, last and only performance was at Buitenbeenpop Festival in August of this year) to run a workshop with the children at Extra Time’s holiday club in Brighton, teaching the kids how to write a punk song. They’d been focussing on anti-bullying messages […]

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Stuck for Christmas gift ideas?

18
Nov
2014

If you’re stuck with ideas for what to get people for Christmas come and have a look around our online shop, not only will you be able to get some awesome t-shirts and CDs, but you’ll be helping us develop our work and enable more people with learning disabilities to be able to get out […]

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Why Gig Buddies in Australia?

16
Nov
2014

In Paul’s blog ‘Pressure Drop’ he talks about the reason why we’re taking Gig Buddies to Australia and why we don’t think as a charity we can share all the work we’ve put in to this via a Skype training session. In the blog Paul looks at a few questions he’s been asked in the […]

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John Renbourn fundraiser raises £1976!!

12
Nov
2014

Thank you to everyone who came to our fundraising concert with John Renbourn and Bob Lewis. It was a truly memorable and lovely night held in the beautiful and intimate surroundings of Hove Methodist Church. Despite the horrible weather we had around 200 people come along and made a surplus on the night of £1974. […]

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What do you dream of?

11
Nov
2014

As part of the ART-is project our Belgian partners suggested it would be a good idea if each partner could ask a quesyion of another partner, to create a chain of questions and answers. This video is our response to the question from Opening Doors in Leopoldsburg, Belgium which was ‘What do you dream of?’ […]

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Vote for us in the Galaxy Hot Chocolate fund

09
Nov
2014

We’ve entered the Galaxy Hot Chocolate fund – please pop along and vote for us. Any funds raised would go towards supporting our next Gig Buddies volunteer training session. Just click on the Hot Chocolate bottle to see our profile and vote.  

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Gig Buddies in The Guardian

08
Nov
2014

Lovely 2 page piece in today’s Guardian ‘Do Something’ supplement about Gig Buddies “I think we were matched because we both adore cappuccino and cake.” Karen, volunteer “Free beer, on the house. Waheeey!” Andrew, participant @Heavy_Load @guardian @gigbuddies It's such a brilliantly fun scheme. An omni-directional explosion of awesome! Well done team. — Rhik Samadder […]

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Paul’s new blog – ‘Pressure Drop’

01
Nov
2014

Stay Up Late has managed to become quite well known across the learning disability sector with our simple message calling for more choice and more rights for people with learning disabilities. However, we’re also still a really small charity employing two part-time staff (on our Gig Buddies project) so Paul’s started a new blog which […]

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Jo Whiley talks about staying up late

28
Oct
2014

Great to see this video up on the BBC website with Jo Whiley and Johnny Brown talking about all the things we talk about. Wonderful stuff. We love you Jo!  

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