Dan’s guide to socially-distanced meet-ups

Dan’s guide to socially-distanced meet-ups

By Daniel Randall-Nason

My name is Daniel. I’m one of the trustees at Stay Up Late and have a learning disability. I’m also an Ambassador for the charity.

After keeping in touch with everyone through Zoom over the Summer I’ve recently started to do some socially distanced meet-ups. I’ve had a few meet-ups with Darren who is Stay Up Late’s Campaigns Co-ordinator. This blog is about what we’ve learnt.

Choosing where to go for our first meet-up since lock-down we had to think about a few things:

  • somewhere outdoors
  • somewhere nearby so we didn’t need to bother about buses or taxis
  • somewhere not crowded.

We thought about it and chose our local park in St Leonards – Gensing Gardens.

That was brilliant! We walked across to the park with all our food, put the music on, ate our picnic and danced to Slade!

We had to fill in a couple of forms so we could do our meet-up safely. One form was from Gig Buddies where we had to go through the Easy Read guide and fill in the various boxes to make sure we were doing things safely. The other form was from my house. Darren had to fill this in to make sure we were following the Covid rules and Darren didn’t have any Covid symptoms. We had our face-masks and hand sanitiser and we took our own food and drink rather than sharing it

We’ve had a couple of other meet-ups since then. We had fish and chips in Darren’s back garden. We also filmed a video of me in the garden talking about the charity and why Stay Up Late was set up. You can watch the video here:

While we were in the garden it started raining so we had to sit under the tree to finish our fish and chips and make the video. It was definitely worth it though because of all the laughs we had.

You can read more guidance on social distancing on our Gig Buddies website here

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