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Stay up late blog

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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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 […]

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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, […]

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