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

Stay up late blog

Venue Reality

20
Jan
2019

Last year we got involved in an almost accidental project. I was chatting with the lovely Sam Watts from Make Real who was a fan of the Heavy Load movie, a native Brightonian and an expert in virtual reality. He wondered if there was some way in which we could work together and invited me […]

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A manifesto for an ordinary life

14
Dec
2018

A few years ago we were running a variety of workshops and talks at conferences and forums around the country. We wanted to get people to think about the obstacles that exist that are getting in the way of people with learning disabilities from leading the life that they want. In doing this we found […]

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A look back at 2018

13
Dec
2018

It’s time again for the Stay Up Late annual review and it’s been another rip-roaring year for the charity and here we’ve had a look back at just some of the highlights, and also some of the challenges that we’ve faced. It’s been an amazing year, I can’t believe what we achieved. 2018 was the […]

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No hi-viz jacket required – small institutions

10
Dec
2018

You don’t need to have large buildings to create institutions for people with learning disabilities, just inflexible and de-humanising practices. Here we’re having a think about a few of those. I read a weird thing on the Gr8 Support Movement FacebookGroup the other day. Someone had been shopping in Bluewater and whilst getting in to […]

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Our (un)Ordinary conference – and how to speak at it

26
Nov
2018

Why we’ve decided to organise an (un)Ordinary conference. Earlier this year Alex Fox published his book ‘A New Health and Care System – Escaping the Invisible Asylum’. In it, Shaun Webster, a self-advocate who works for Leeds based charity Change, talks about his own experience of conferences. He speaks all over the UK, and overseas, and […]

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Coventry Young Activists and much much more!

20
Nov
2018

What a great and busy fortnight we have had here at the Stay Up Late and Gig Buddies team! We had our Gig Buddies partners day, the Stay Up Late AGM, 5 socials, volunteer training, Carol from Gig Buddies Australia came for a visit, Paul spoke at the Social Care Futures and the Greater London […]

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Storm and Thunder team notes – 31st October 2018

05
Nov
2018

                                                                 Click here to read October’s storm and Thunder team note. 

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Rightful Lives Exhibition – what we’ve been looking at

05
Nov
2018

Last month saw the opening of Rightful Lives, an online exhibition exploring the theme of Human Rights and people with learning disabilities and/or autism. They make the very good point that the Human Rights Act seems to barely touch the lives of people with learning disabilities, and of course there have been some very high […]

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Jay and Bradley, buddies of 3 years – our Hip-Hop duo!

01
Nov
2018

                                                      (Jay, Bradley and The Cut Chemist at Concorde 2)   Me & Bradley have been Gig Buddies for 3 years now. It’s something we both really enjoy and […]

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How to avoid parking fines!!

23
Oct
2018

Here’s a quick note to give some guidance on where you can and can’t park in Sussex when you’re out and about with your Gig Buddy. Its particularly aimed at Blue Badge holders, parking in Sussex can be a minefield as it is, add in a blue badge and you could be in for a […]

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