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

Stay up late blog

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 […]

Read more »

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 […]

Read more »

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 […]

Read more »

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 […]

Read more »

Social work consultation – making a meal of it!

01
Dec
2016

Why we’re making a meal of social work consultation This is an idea that started in a pub over a pint of beer with Jem Price, a senior social work lecturer from the University of Brighton. Me and Jem were pondering how we could create a much more meaningful way of enabling people with a lived […]

Read more »

Wanted…Gig Buddies Project Assistant

28
Nov
2016

40 hours per week (but 5 of those are lunch breaks), permanent contract Salary £18,560 Closing date Monday 12th December and Interview date Friday 16th December An exciting opportunity to be part of the team delivering the Gig Buddies project across Sussex. A message from Madeline: ‘After four amazing years working for Stay Up Late, […]

Read more »

Punk AGM #3

28
Nov
2016

This is the 3rd year running that we’ve been running our AGM as a ‘Punk AGM’ and we wouldn’t want it any other way at the moment. (You can read more about last year’s meeting here) It’s open to anyone and we had around 40 people who were participants, volunteers, trustees, people from other organisations […]

Read more »

The top 5 music documentaries of the 21st century

22
Nov
2016

What are your top 5 music documentaries of all time? Q. What do The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Scott Walker, Bob Dylan and Heavy Load all have in common? A. They’re all featured in Mark Kermode’s top music documentaries of all time. Yesterday I was watching this article on the BBC website where he’s thinking about […]

Read more »

Advice on disabled-friendly gig venues

12
Nov
2016

Have you got favourite disabled-friendly gig venues? This is a guest post by Carly from Get To The Front with their advice on disabled-friendly gig venues. This is what they’ve found from their experiences… There have been a lot of headlines recently about the lack of help that some gig venues offer to people with disabilities. Although […]

Read more »

Punk AGM, an update report on last year

05
Nov
2016

Why is it called a PUNK AGM, has it made a difference? It’s our 3rd Punk AGM tomorrow. We call them ‘Punk AGMs’ because we run them in a way where everyone present is invited to talk about ways in which they think we can develop our work and make the most difference. There’s lots […]

Read more »