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

Stay up late blog

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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Storm and Thunder minutes May 2018

08
Jun
2018

Here are the minutes from our May meeting Including…… News from the team Our idea for a talk event News about our visitors from finland this week Click on the picture below to download the minutes

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Frank Turner – a massive thank you from Stay Up Late

07
Jun
2018

We need to say a massive thank you to Frank Turner for helping to spread the work about the issues that many people with learning disabilities struggle with in their lives, around having an active nightlife especially gigs and events and what better way to do this than through his UK tour? Our link-up with […]

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Volunteers week – celebrating some great things

07
Jun
2018

This week, along with thousands of other organisations across the UK, we’re celebrating Volunteers Week to show our appreciation for the work of growing band of Gig Buddies volunteers. (Check out our tweets to see some of the volunteers we’ve been celebrating). We’ve now got over 100 volunteers and the numbers continue to grow, as […]

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