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Be Free Festival – Are you gonna Be Free?

24
Sep
2016

About our day at the Be Free Festival We were at an amazing event yesterday, Paradigm’s Be Free Festival in the beautiful setting of the Epping Forest in Essex. The Be Free festival is an event for people with learning disabilities and their support staff and poses the question: Are Gonna Be Free? This the […]

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September 2016 Meeting – Research, Food, Puppets

20
Sep
2016

Summary: We talked about the video for volunteer training, meals out together and a project that Daniel is developing around puppetry. Date: Tuesday 20th September Minutes: News sharing Rami is doing some work casual stewarding with the Brighton Centre. They now use the ‘Thumbs Up campaign’ and have toilets for all. Claire performed with her […]

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Descendents new LP – hate speech update

16
Sep
2016

What we learned from the Descendents incident In my previous post I was reflecting on why I was thinking of taking down our petition calling on US punk band Descendents to change the name of the new LP which features the word ‘Spaz’. Unwittingly I unleashed a whole torrent of abuse from across the pond […]

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Has social care gone all prog rock?

08
Sep
2016

Why I think social care has gone all ‘prog rock’ This summer saw the 40th anniversary of what is regarded as the birth of punk. While there where bands in the 60s that had that punk sound it was the 70s that saw punk rise as a battle cry against the bloated, pompous excesses of […]

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Brexit – what does it mean for social care funding?

30
Aug
2016

How we foresaw Brexit at Glastonbury A funny thing happened at Glastonbury Festival this year. We’d gone down early to set up our stall on the Monday and due to the mud and rain, and some other problems, we didn’t get on site until late in the afternoon. We erected what we could (the roof) […]

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Charity mission and values – What we believe!

18
Aug
2016

Stay Up Late’s charity mission and values. As a charity, our history has been written by the communities that we’ve grown out of – people who believe that every person with a learning disability should be able to stay up late! We recently brought together different people involved in our work – the Storm and Thunder Team, the […]

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August 2016 Meeting – Creating video resources for volunteer training

16
Aug
2016

Summary: We used the session to create a video that will help new volunteers to understand more about what it is like to have a learning disability. We want our gig buddies to understand that this is a personal experience that is different for everyone. We will all have different ideas about what learning disability […]

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Record shops promoting hateful language?

15
Aug
2016

Is HMV promoting hateful language? The story over The Descendents album title containing the word ‘SPAZ’ continues. Today Real Gone Rocks tweeted a photo of the album on sale in their Bluewater branch as a ‘recommended purchase’. We think this means that HMV are responsible for helping to promote hateful language. Here’s the Tweet. Hey @hmvtweets, please […]

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Paddy Power Tweet ‘Mong’ and “didn’t know what it meant”

11
Aug
2016

Why we’re upset with Paddy Power and their use of the word ‘Mong’ A few weeks ago we got involved in a storm with fans of the band Descendents over us and RealGoneRocks objecting to the band’s new album, and EP, containing the word ‘Spaz’. The dust is starting to settle on this issue now, […]

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‘Spaz’ album – The Descendents meet

07
Aug
2016

Amazing update – Descendents meet with Stay Up Late ambassadors Becky Boo and Brian In my previous post I was reflecting on why I was thinking of taking down our petition calling on US punk band Descendents to change the name of the new LP which features the word Spaz. Unwittingly I unleashed a whole torrent […]

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