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Stay up late blog

Digital inclusion is not real inclusion

02
Nov
2016

Digital inclusion is a great thing, it really is, but there’s much more we need to be doing. Developing meaningful connection and relationships Recently we were asked to run two workshops at BILD’s annual conference ;Celebrating good practice – transforming people’s lives. Our session was called ‘Get Yourself Connected’ and was focussed on looking at […]

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October 2016 Meeting – Party planning!

18
Oct
2016

Summary: We did some planning for the Punk AGM. We looked at Stay Up Late’s values. We started to think about what we want the Christmas party to be like. Date: 18th October 2016 Minutes: Here are the minutes from the meeting!

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No Go Britain – Channel 4 live debate

11
Oct
2016

‘No Go Britain’ is that the legacy of 2012? The Channel 4 News have recently been running a series of short documentaries called ‘No Go Britain’ investigating what life is like for people with disabilities living in the UK today. This was set against the lead up to the Paralympic Games and all the feel […]

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Community connecting – as important as safeguarding

29
Sep
2016

Community connecting – a guest post for RiPFA Madeline, our Gig Buddies Project Manager, has been asked to write a guest blog post for RiPFA. The article, Community connecting for people with learning disabilities – it’s about people not places, argues that as much emphasis as is placed on safeguarding needs to be placed on supporting people […]

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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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