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

Stay up late blog

Storm and Thunder meeting notes October 2018

05
Oct
2018

Our Storm and Thunder team meet every month to discuss things about our Gig Buddies project and Stay Up Late charity.      Click here to read the notes from Octobers meeting.         

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Victoria has been at Stay Up Late for 2 years!

28
Sep
2018

When I first came to join the team at Stay Up Late and the Gig Buddies Project I didn’t know anything about them , so it was all new for me – which I loved learning about. Before I started at Stay Up Late I though the way my support was provided to me was […]

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Podcast #1 from Stay Up Late Scotland

18
Sep
2018

Check out this new Podcast from Michael McEwan at Stay Up Late Scotland. In it he chats with Martin Frater from In Control Scotland. They nicely make the point that this isn’t about staying up late at all, it’s about being able to lead the lifestyle that you choose, whether that’s staying up late to […]

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1205 miles cycled and then disaster strikes! A tale of woe and heroism

01
Sep
2018

We need to share this sorry tale of heroism and woe with you. Last month Sian and Michael, two of our much loved community fundraisers set off from their home in Hove to cycle all the way to Oslo in Norway. That’s 1255 miles! We’ve been enjoying reading their updates and exploits on social media […]

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Open Garden raises £6,000 for Stay Up Late

08
Aug
2018

Last week the Stay Up Late team and a few gig buddies participants took their annual volunteering visit to the Cupani Garden in Seaford. The garden is owned by keen gardeners Aideen and Denis Jones and has been featured in Amateur Gardening and Sussex Life and has been described as “a magical world of plant […]

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Latitude recap by Rohan

02
Aug
2018

Rohan was one of the Gig Buddies participants who came with us to Latitude Festival this year. Rohan and 4 other participants worked as access stewards, thanks to our partnership with Attitude is Everything, who run an info tent in the accessible campsite staffed by Deaf and disabled volunteers, and Oxfam Stewarding who co-ordinate the accessible […]

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Heavy Load – final songs released on 7inch vinyl

29
Jul
2018

Buy Heavy Load’s new, and last single here   “Shut your bollocks!” is precisely what we have come to expect from the punk filthy mouths of “Heavy Load”, arguably the most punk band in the World. Its the title of their new single, and along with the other side “(you look like) Alan Carr”, it serves up […]

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Social franchising – what we’ve learned from Gig Buddies in a Box

30
Jun
2018

And our top tips from what we’ve learned so far We started Gig Buddies over 5 years ago in our city of Brighton and Hove with an aim to enable a fairly small number of socially isolated people with learning disabilities and/or autism to be able to access mainstream cultural events in their communities, especially […]

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We’re recruiting a quality checking team

26
Jun
2018

We are starting a new quality checking project where we will be working with a local support provider to check the quality of their services. We are looking for 3 people with learning disabilities to join our team to help lead on this project.  You will need to be based in Sussex and able to […]

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Google Jump – how we’re trying out Virtual Reality

19
Jun
2018

Our core purpose at Stay Up Late is always to ensure that people with learning disabilities can lead the lifestyle the want, without restrictions like bedtimes, hand-overs and attitudes getting in the way. So what on earth has this all got to do with virtual reality you may well ask? And what on earth is […]

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