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Stay up late blog

Fusion inclusive club nights – guest post about club nights in Leigh

01
Sep
2017

We’re publishing a series of guest posts about inclusive club nights from around the UK. We’ve asked everyone a few questions to find out more about the ways in which different nights are planned, what their plans for the future are, and what challenges they face. First up we’re looking at Fusion whose nights take […]

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In memory of Simon Barker

21
Aug
2017

Many of you will will already know the terribly sad news that Simon, the frontman of Heavy Load and one of the founders of Stay Up Late, passed away suddenly on 10th August’ 17. We were devastated to hear the news, he was such a massive part of our lives and a great friend. He […]

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Brighton Pride 2017 – Wild Rainbows at the ready!

18
Aug
2017

Its that time of year again … BRIGHTON PRIDE! … Thousands of people parade through the streets of Brighton spreading love, acceptance and a ridiculous amount of glitter. It’s a day where unequivocal diversity is promoted and people get to put on their best rainbow coloured suits. Gig Buddies were no exception to this and […]

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Heavy Load single! Can you help?

04
Aug
2017

Heavy Load are planning to release one last, limited edition, single with brand new material.  Heavy Load back together for one last time This May something very exciting happened, Heavy Load got back together for a recording session (actually one of the band didn’t make it and you read about those difficulties about that here!). […]

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A round-up of the latest Stay Up Late news

03
Aug
2017

We’ve been a bit quiet lately, not because we’ve not been up to much, but because we’ve been up to a lot supporting gig buddies to work at Glastonbury and Latitude Festivals. We’re all back down to earth now and have lots to tell you in the coming months. Here’s some of the latest Stay Up […]

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Bognors first ever Gig Buddies social! Reviewed by Victoria Smith (Quality Checker)

28
Jul
2017

  This week Gig Buddies launched in Bognor, West Sussex, by throwing a fantastic gig at the Waverly Pub. The first act was Zombie Crash – they were VERY loud. Despite it being only 7.30pm in the evening Zombie Crash were jumping around and had great energy. It was awesome to see a band of […]

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Storm and Thunder meeting 16-6-2017

16
Jun
2017

Storm and Thunder Meeting   Friday 16/06/17   News from the Storm and Thunder meeting Chris Rider – has Been To Lanzarote Victoria – Busy Working This Week, Boiler Blew Up and has Holiday in August to Burnley to see family Harri – Saw a Friend not seen for 2 Years, got a Social Tonight Holly […]

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Heavy Load reunion plans and round-up of recent posts

15
Jun
2017

Here’s a round-up of some of our recent news, opinion posts and some videos, and for those of you want to know more about the Heavy Load reunion plans all we can say is that we’re working on the plans (stick 28th Oct in your diaries) and more updates soon. TEDx Brighton Here’s Paul’s talk […]

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Meet The Wild Rainbows – our LGBTQ+ advisory group

14
Jun
2017

After watching the Brighton pride parade in 2015, my Gig Buddies team discussed how we had not noticed any visibility of organisations supporting LGBTQ+ people with learning disabilities. We knew it would be a great opportunity for our gig buddies who identify as LGBTQ+ or unsure to have the chance to march in Pride alongside […]

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Campaigning workshops – a resource to help make change happen

12
Jun
2017

At last year’s Learning Disability England conference we were asked to run campaigning workshops looking at practical ways to make positive changes in the lives of the people we support. It’s tempting, and easy, to blame the constant pressures of funding cuts as being the reason why we can’t support people to lead great lives […]

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