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

Storm and Thunder Team

One of the things we want to make sure of as a charity is that we have as much input from the people we're trying serve so we decided to set up an advisory group to oversee the Gig Buddies project and the overall work of the charity.

As a group their first job was to come up with something more exciting than 'The Advisory Group' - so they came up with The Storm and Thunder Team.

The team meet regularly and have started to link up with our board of trustees as we move to being a truly 'user-led' organisation....

"We are a group of people with learning disabilities who meet to advise and lead Stay Up Late"

Photo on 17-02-2015 at 16.35 #2

 

 

Storm and Thunder Team News

Storm and Thunder minutes 8.9.17

11
Sep
2017

Who was at The Meeting Kate, Paul, Harri, Dan, Chris, Claire, Bernie and Holly   Who Couldn’t Make it David, Jamie, Rami and Chris Rider   News From The Storm and Thunder Team Dan – Fun Science Workshop this Week with Stay Up Late. Did last Puppet show and ate some messy Watermelon. Claire + […]

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Storm and Thunder meeting 16-6-2017

16
Jun
2017

Storm and Thunder Meeting   Friday 16/06/17   News from the Storm and Thunder meeting Chris Rider – has Been To Lanzarote Victoria – Busy Working This Week, Boiler Blew Up and has Holiday in August to Burnley to see family Harri – Saw a Friend not seen for 2 Years, got a Social Tonight Holly […]

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Storm and Thunder meeting May 2017

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May
2017

News from the Storm and Thunder team Claire – Gardening, Newsletter Chris Rider – Going on Activities Been working at The R.S.P.C.A. Fed Some Creepy Crawlies Tom – Looking For Flats To Be Independent Daniel – Went To Every Sort Of Peoples Festival at Lewes Luc – Helped To With Research Bernie – Went To […]

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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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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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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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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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July 2016 Meeting – What makes an amazing gig buddy?

19
Jul
2016

Summary: We were visited by people from the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. They were researching what makes good and bad support. We helped the gig buddies staff to develop an infographic to help gig buddy volunteers make their gig buddy relationship as amazing as it can be! Date: Tuesday 19th July Minutes: Research with Foundation […]

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Storm and Thunder Team meeting – March 2016

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Mar
2016

The team met in March, this time in Marwoods cafe, to plan an info event for new gig buddies and the gig buddies birthday party. Who was there? Luc, Sam, Bernie, David, Jamie, Chris L, Claire, Madeline, Paul The Gig Buddies info afternoon Madeline had planned to hold an information day for new gig buddies […]

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Meeting notes: – Storm and Thunder team 17th Nov ’15

05
Jan
2016

Today we talked about Gig Meet-ups These are the meeting notes from our latest Storm and Thunder team. Meeting notes: – Storm and Thunder team 17th Nov ’15 Who was there? Daniel, David, Jamie, Bernie, Chris R, Claire, Chris L We shared some news. We did some planning for the Learning Disability today conference including choosing all the final ideas for […]

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Meeting notes – Storm and Thunder team 20th Oct ’15

10
Nov
2015

Who came to the meeting? At today’s Storm and Thunder meeting we had Jamie, David, Chris, Daniel, Andrew, Bernie, Claire, Chris R, Chris L Group agreements were written up by Daniel Everyone shared some news….. Jamie – Me and David made a slo mo video. I thrashed my gig buddy again at bowling! I would like Madeline to play with us next time. […]

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Storm and Thunder Team Meeting Minutes, 21/7/15

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Jul
2015

Who is present? Madeline Kate Jade Monica Bernie Claire Daniel David Jamie Group Agreement No mobile phones Really listen to each other when somebody is talking Share ideas Agenda  News! Venues! Mystery Shopping Biographies Trustees Meeting Volunteering for Stay Up Late News General: Kiss My Disco tomorrow night at Eastbourne Jamie: Ordered a Red Bowling […]

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May Storm and Thunder meeting – with special guests

09
Jun
2015

19th May 2015         Beth Abi David Daniel Harry Bahana Bernie Carol Jo Michelle Jamie Madeline Micheal Kate Carol Paul Cornelia Luke Sam Ellen Claire Harry: starts to introduce agenda of meeting Group agreeement Madeline: lets do a group agreement. Listening is important Michelle: No mobile phones, or turn phones off Kate: […]

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Notes from March meeting

24
Mar
2015

Meeting 17th March 2015 written by Chris The team spoke about how gig buddies has changed their lives, and what makes a good gig buddy. We made a spider chart and stuck their ideas on the chart for what we would like to do in the future. Dan made a card for new staff member […]

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Minutes from February’s meeting

18
Feb
2015

Who was there? Harry, Chris, David, Michael, Bernie, Luc, Dan, Claire, Jamie, Kate & Rosie-It was a big meeting today and for some of us it was our first! As Madeline and Paul were away, Harry helped take the meeting this month.   What did we discuss? We talked about how we can make sure […]

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Notes from November meeting

24
Nov
2014

Storm & Thunder Meeting Nov 2014 Notes by David We talked about how we communicate with our gig buddy volunteer. Here’s some of the things the gig buddies said – ‘We use what’s app to message each other, we meet up at 6pm because my buddy works and she gives me 2 days to choose from. […]

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Creative writing session – 26th June ’14

31
Jul
2014

Who was there? Daniel, Luke, Bernie, Jesse and Kate. We had a visitor called Naomi come and do a creative writing workshop for us. We talked about writing our blog and writing stories. 1.)What makes a good blog? Exciting things to read. Something different. Our blog is about learning disabilities and music. 2.) What do […]

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Storm and Thunder reflections on hosting Art-Is

16
Mar
2014

Stay Up Late had a fantastic time hosting our friends from all over on the 6th-9th March 2014 Here’s some thoughts on how it went:   Thursday: Trip to Heart n Soul by Andrew On Thursday, Stay Up Late went to Heart n Soul! It was to do with their art and music project. We […]

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Meeting 7 – Planning for some visitors from all over Europe!

28
Feb
2014

Today’s discussion was planning for when people visit Brighton as part of Art-Is. On the Friday evening, we will be taking our visitors, who come from Malta, Spain, Iceland and Belgium out to a load of different gigs in Brighton. We had a look at what was on and decided who would lead what. We […]

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Meeting 6 – planning a sleepover! – and celebrating Luc’s film award

10
Dec
2013

Today’s discussion was about having a sleepover themed party! Our ideas for this were: – Hire a hall – Have lots of loud music – Have lots of eating, drinking, dancing – Do it at a weekend Today we also said congratulations to Luc for winning the Oska Bright film festival award! We watched Luc’s […]

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Meeting 5 – writing an article for the Grace Eyre newsletter

14
Nov
2013

Today we spent the whole meeting writing an article collectively about Gig Buddies for the Grace Eyre magazine.  We’ll post it up when it’s published. We hope it’ll be soon.

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Meeting 4 – Planning the Christmas social and writing reviews

15
Oct
2013

Today we talked about: 1. Sarah’s birthday and how we can combine this with the gig buddies Christmas social. 2. Daniel talked about his trip to Iceland as part of the Art-is project. See this blog for more info about that and some pictures from this amazing trip. 3. Gigs we’ve enjoyed going to see. […]

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Meeting 3 – starting our Gig Buddies gig review blog

26
Sep
2013

Today we started the Big Gig Buddies Blog! The Gig Buddies blog is our idea for a place for Gig Buddies to post up reviews of their nights out and share what’s been going on. We’re going to ask more buddies to talk about their nights and we started the blog by talking about some […]

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Meeting 2 – what makes a good Gig Buddy volunteer?

20
Aug
2013

At today’s meeting we discussed the important things to include in the ‘person specification’ of a volunteer gig buddy. (A Person Specification is a list of things that a person needs to be like, and the skills they need to have, to do a particular job). These are our ideas: –       Friendly –       Kind –       […]

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Meeting 1 – Getting to know each other and ideas for Staying Up Late

06
Jun
2013

Today we introduced ourselves to each other and talked about who we are. We made these boxes – inside these boxes we put wrote, and drew pictures, of the things that we like doing, and things about us. We talked about Stay Up Late and what it does. We talked about: –       How it started […]

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