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Stay up late blog

Storm and Thunder Team meeting – March 2016

24
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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How to Thrive Under the NDIS – new book

21
Mar
2016

How to Thrive Under the NDIS by Fran Connelly I was excited to receive a parcel from Australia this week which contained a copy of Fran Connelley’s new book – ‘How To Thrive Under The NDIS’, a guide for CEO’s of disability organisations to flourish under the new NDIS system. How to thrive under the what? […]

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Alan Courtis and The Band of God!

20
Mar
2016

Gig Buddies jamming with Alan Courtis I’ve been in email contact with Alan Courtis for years. I can’t remember how long but we connected through the Heavy Load movie. Alan was a founder member of the band Reynols, from Buenos Aires. The band formed whilst he was at university. He’d become friendly with Miguel Tomasin, a […]

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Supported Employment – how not to do it, and how to do it too!

18
Mar
2016

A sorry story of how supported employment failed one of our participants… A post by our Gig Buddies Project Manager telling the story of one of our participants and his experiences of a nightmare supported employment placement, but also how a an unofficial placement with people who just ‘got it’ worked so well… Part 1 […]

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The State of Stay Up Late Survey 2016

18
Mar
2016

Find out what we found out in The State of Stay Up Late Survey 2016 We launched the State of Stay Up Late survey 2016 as part of the work we’re doing around developing our campaigning work with the aim of challenging and challenging inflexible support systems in care settings which means it’s very hard […]

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Accessible Performances Brighton Festival

16
Mar
2016

Find out more about the accessible performances Brighton Festival are staging this year It’s great to see all the accessible performances Brighton Festival has programmed this year and we thought the easiest thing to do would be to put them all in one post so we can share them with you. They’ve also created this […]

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The Big Society just got a little bit smaller

09
Mar
2016

Find out why our attempts to create ‘the Big Society’ just got a little bit smaller   This week we’ve had confirmation from East Sussex County Council that the Cabinet have voted to cut our funding under the Commissioning Grants Prospectus. This news was expected and I’ve written about the consultation process here but we’re still […]

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Social Care in Japan No.5 -‘a precious experience’

08
Mar
2016

Kate’s final piece on her trip to find out about social care in Japan This is the final blog post from Kate reporting on her hectic two week trip to find out about social care in Japan, and what we can learn from it… It’s hard to sum up how much I have valued the […]

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Gig Buddies celebrate a year together

07
Mar
2016

Read about Kittie and Dean, Gig Buddies who’ve been together for a year   Sat in the Con Club in Lewes at the recent Gig Buddies social I suddenly realise its March next week. I turn to Dean and say, “Hey Dean, it’s our year anniversary, we met last March!” “Yeah” says Dean, “Lets dance”. […]

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Social Care in Japan – No. 4 Hostel California…

04
Mar
2016

Finding out about social care in Japan Kate’s continuing adventures to find out more about social care in Japan (thanks to NCVO and the Japanese Government)…It sounds like she’s been on the receiving end of some anti-Staying Up Late behaviour! Day 5 Welcome to the Hostel California. You can check ‘in’ anytime you want, but […]

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