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Stay up late blog

Magna Carta – celebrating 800 in Malta!

10
Jul
2015

Tilley and Del’s speech celebrating Magna Carta One of the crazier things we managed to organise this year was a tea party at the British High Commissioner’s home in Malta to celebrate 800 years of Magna Carta. The event was opened by our friends Tilley and Del and here’s their ‘doyley speech’: It is hard to […]

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When I Stay Up Late I have G&T with the High Commissioner…

10
Jul
2015

In our previous blog we listed the 10 things that make up Stay Up Late’s Manifesto For Change, playfully referred to by the team as our Magna Carta for people with learning disabilities.           The reason we were talking about the Magna Carta was because we had been invited to a […]

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Chris’ Glastonbury Blog

10
Jul
2015

I went to Glastonbury this year with Gig Buddies and Stay Up Late. We all needed to drop off our stuff at the office because Paul was going to travel up to Glastonbury a couple of days before and set up everyone’s tents with Madeline’s help, and also the Stay Up Late tent as well. […]

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A night of paradise

10
Jul
2015

I’ve just been going through all the papers from our recent trip to Malta and found the fantastic lyrics to the song which Daniel Wakeford, Berhana Wells and Susanna Hall-Hirst wrote and performed at the festival (and featuring Aldean Blaire)                 Here’s the song: A night of paradise […]

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‘Purposeful friendship’ – a new name for befriending?

07
Jul
2015

When we started the Gig Buddies project we were clear that we hadn’t claimed to re-invent traditional befriending schemes, we were just looking at using the hook of a shared interest in the same kind of music as a good platform for developing longer-term meaningful friendships between people with learning disabilities and volunteers. As I […]

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‘Hear My Voice’ – How loud to shout before you do?

17
Jun
2015

Why have we called this post ‘How loud to shout before you ‘Hear My Voice’? I’ve just been reading this challenging and thought provoking blog by 107 Days of Action about Mencap’s Learning Disability Week campaign (incidentally I hate the use of the acronym ‘LD’ – I think we dehumanise people with learning disabilities enough […]

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May Storm and Thunder meeting – with special guests

09
Jun
2015

19th May 2015         Beth Abi David Daniel Harry Bahana Bernie Carol Jo Michelle Jamie Madeline Micheal Kate Carol Paul Cornelia Luke Sam Ellen Claire Harry: starts to introduce agenda of meeting Group agreeement Madeline: lets do a group agreement. Listening is important Michelle: No mobile phones, or turn phones off Kate: […]

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Volunteering at Stay Up Late

05
Jun
2015

My Name is Chris Rider and I am a Volunteer for Stay Up Late I love been a volunteer at Stay Up Late, helping the lovely Holly who is there administrator in the office with Paul Richards, Madeline Deny and Kate Ogden. I volunteer every Friday morning from 11 – 5 . What my job […]

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Enjoy live music? Why not join Gig Buddies!

28
May
2015

A guest blog by Paul for Scope. It’s not always easy for music fans with learning disabilities to get out to gigs. But Gig Buddies, a volunteer project run by the charity Stay Up Late, is changing all that. Director and co-founder, Paul Richards explains how… Read rest of blog here  

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‘Drink up it’s time to go home’

19
May
2015

Here’s a guest blog Paul has written for RiPFA (Research in Practice for Adults) looking at ways in which we can change the way we support people with learning disabilities so they can lead the lives they choose. But it’s us (as support staff) who need to change…   ‘Our charity started off, like a […]

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