Learning Disability & Autism Leaders’ List 2020 – congratulations to our own Victoria Smith

#CovidLeadersList – Victoria Smith

We are absolutely delighted and over the moon and so proud that our Gig Buddies assistant and Stay Up Late Ambassador Victoria Smith is a winner of the Learning Disability & Autism Leaders’ List for 2020 for her work supporting people during lockdown.

Putting the fun in lockdown

In announcing the award Dimensions who organise the Leaders’ List said:

“Whilst lockdown has been hard for many people, particularly on mental health, there are always those few who try and make it a happier experience for others. Victoria Smith is one of those people.

Victoria, 26, works for Stay Up Late as a Gig Buddies Assistant. The project matches people with learning disabilities with volunteers who can go to gigs with them, instead of having to leave early when their support worker’s shift ends. She also has a learning disability and ADHD.

As the focus of the charity changed during lockdown from physical events and meet-ups to online engagement, Victoria played a vital role in supporting the Gig Buddies project through the challenges of lockdown, helping to organise a range of fun activities and inspiring others by her ability to remain positive. She even starred in her own hilarious one woman show as part of Stay Up Late’s online Gig Buddies Coronavirus Fest, attracting over 1000 views.”

You can read Victoria’s full story on Dimensions website here

Congratulations Victoria!

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