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Stay up late blog

Labels for people with learning disabilities

12
Jun
2017

This was going to be an article I wanted to write about the use of labels for people with learning disabilities and how we are part of the movement of people who want to lose (and challenge) de-humanising terms. Since my previous article about the importance of writing things in the diary (and how this brought […]

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Heavy Load’s re-union plans

27
May
2017

And how they came crashing down… I’m going to be honest and say that this post isn’t just about one incident, it’s years and years of frustration at seeing how small lapses of ‘care’ can have huge impacts on the people that we support, from my personal experiences of being in the band Heavy Load. […]

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Mailchimp and how to make sure people read your newsletters

24
May
2017

This week I’ve been having a bit of clear up of Mailchimp newsletter mailing list. We’ve built it up over the years from people who were fans of Heavy Load, fans of the Heavy Load movie, people who wanted to support the Stay Up Late campaign and latterly people interested in Gig Buddies. Over this time […]

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Storm and Thunder meeting May 2017

19
May
2017

News from the Storm and Thunder team Claire – Gardening, Newsletter Chris Rider – Going on Activities Been working at The R.S.P.C.A. Fed Some Creepy Crawlies Tom – Looking For Flats To Be Independent Daniel – Went To Every Sort Of Peoples Festival at Lewes Luc – Helped To With Research Bernie – Went To […]

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How we made a meal of ‘user involvement’

12
May
2017

Our ‘user involvement’ project with University of Brighton At Stay Up Late we always challenge ourselves to make the running of the charity and our Gig Buddies project as user-led as possible. Between us we’ve also got a lot of experience in the team of involving people with learning disabilities in really meaningful ways through the […]

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Pete Thomas – Taming The Saxophone

24
Apr
2017

We’re really grateful to the support we’ve just had from Pete Thomas who has donated £5000 to support the work of Gig Buddies through sales of his CDs and tuition books Taming The Saxophone and from donations from members of Cafe Saxophone. Thank you Pete and everyone at Cafe Saxophone – it’s just amazing when people do […]

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Our quick inclusive club survey – the results

24
Apr
2017

Last month we sent round our very very short inclusive club survey to people running club nights for people with learning disabilities to find out what was going on at 9pm in 2017. Depressingly not much seems to have changed since we started the Stay Up Late campaign 10 years ago, although a lot has […]

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Music as the Great Equaliser

21
Apr
2017

A guest post by Jenny Holt Musicians know the power of music, but they may not have considered that those with disabilities feel that power just as much as they do – maybe even more. Music has a calming effect on those with sensory processing issues and can provide a common ground for those with […]

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Meet Karen – running in the Brighton marathon for us

06
Apr
2017

Karen is a Gig Buddies volunteer and has run the Brighton marathon for us before and so we thought it would be nice to also interview her to find out more about her preparations and what’s she’s been going through these past years! Have you run any marathon’s before? I ran it for the fist time […]

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Meet Jade – running for us in the Brighton Marathon

05
Apr
2017

We’ve got 3 fabulous runners fundraising for us in this year’s Brighton marathon. Here’s an interview with Jade one of these awesome people… Have you run any marathon’s before? This is my second marathon, my first was Brighton in 2013. For my mum it’s her first marathon and she’s doing it to tick it off […]

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