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

Stay up late blog

Punks In The Community – a new website

14
Feb
2018

We’re launching a new website called ‘Punks In The Community’ to shine a light on positive people doing great stuff in their communities. As a small charity, with a punk attitude, we’re often asked by people how we do things and what our secret is, and the fact is that we know there’s loads of great groups […]

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Run for us in Brighton Marathon 2018

10
Jan
2018

Are you thinking of entering the Brighton Marathon? It’s always a great event in the city and this year we’ve been offered subsidised places for anyone who’d like to run it and raise funds for Stay Up Late. We need to at least cover our costs on this, and will provide a Stay Up Late […]

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Gig Buddies on the Russell Howard Hour

15
Dec
2017

We were totally thrilled to be asked by Russell Howard if we could be featured in his show on Sky TV. Of course we said yes! Here’s a short clip from the show with some of our buddies being interviewed. We just love it!

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Stay Up Late’s Annual Review of 2017 Advent Calendar

05
Dec
2017

This year we’ve decided to release a bit-sized version of our annual review as an advent calendar of posts. We hope you enjoy looking back over the past year, we did as we had a great one, and thank you to everyone who helped with that. 1 – Our Open Office We moved in to […]

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Simon Barker – an obituary

04
Dec
2017

Simon Barker was the charismatic front man of the punk Heavy Load. The band came to the attention of the public thanks to Jerry Rothwell’s feature documentary (also called ‘Heavy Load’) charting the bands attempts to break out of the world of social care social clubs and take their raucous and energetic shows to the […]

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Gig Buddies highlights of the year

02
Dec
2017

We’ve been looking back at all the things we got up to at the charity this year but here’s a few memories from Kate and Harri. Kate and Harri look back over some of their Gig Buddies highlights of the year. Kate’s Gig Buddies highlights of the year The unexpected connections that have arisen out of […]

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Our #NoBedTimes Annual General Meeting – the ideas

29
Nov
2017

For the past 4 years we’ve run our Annual General Meeting as an ‘Open Space’ conference. The format really lends itself to enabling people with learning disabilities, paid staff, carers, volunteers, friends (and anybody) to work equally together in discussing an issue or problem that we’re facing. This year we decided that we ought to […]

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Gig Buddies Safety Information – what you need to know!

28
Nov
2017

You may have read Pauls recent blog post “inclusive Club Nights – What are the risks?”. As always, Paul made some important points about the perceived risks of ‘mainstream club nights’ and the impact that ‘inclusive club nights’ can have in stifling the progress towards genuine integration in nightlife. Late night clubbing, after hours gigging, […]

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The True Wonders of Music

28
Nov
2017

A contribution from freelance writer Jenny Holt about autism and making music.   Did you know that Autism affects nearly 700,000 individuals in the UK alone? And more interestingly, master musicians such as Mozart, Derek Paravicini, and Adam Young have also been diagnosed with this disorder? The therapeutic qualities of music are immense. In fact, many musicians have described […]

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Our round-up from our website for 2017

25
Nov
2017

A round-up of some of our favourite moments and highlights from the past year. Making a Meal of Social Work This was a project we ran with the School of Social Sciences at University of Brighton where we looked at a different way of enabling people with lived experience to help with the teaching of […]

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