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

Stay up late blog

Join the Stay Up Late team – we’re recruiting

24
Mar
2018

We’ve got two new positions on our team   But the clock is ticking as the deadline is 5pm on Thursday 12th April Gig Buddies project assistant You will support the work of the Gig Buddies project with a particular focus on matching people who are living in more rural parts of Sussex.  This is […]

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Zero Project Conference, Vienna 2018

20
Mar
2018

Our round-up from Zero Project Conference 2018 Me and Kate were recently invited to present at the Zero Project Conference in Vienna. This year’s theme was accessibility and whilst a lot of the talks were about uses of technology and artificial intelligence it was also good to see that there was a real mix of people […]

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Storm and Thunder team minutes January 2018

16
Mar
2018

The storm has arrived! Here are the minutes from our last meeting Every month some gig buddies meet up at The Stay Up Late office to discuss issues around the Stay Up Late charity, future socials and running the current  Gig Buddies projects.   If you click the pictures below you can read the minutes […]

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Stay Up Late survey – what have we achieved in 10 years?

14
Mar
2018

10 years ago this week saw the premiere of the movie ‘Heavy Load’ at SXSW Austin, Texas, probably the greatest music and film festival of them all! We’ve launched a new Stay Up Late survey to find out what difference it’s made. Bearing in mind we launched Stay Up Late 2 years before the global […]

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Ffrindiau Gigiau Caerdydd (Gig Buddies Cardiff) – launches!!

06
Mar
2018

Some very exciting news from our friends at Learning Disability Wales. They have been working tirelessly for a long time on this but finally we can reveal the launch of Gig Buddies in Cardiff. Although that’s not what it’s called, it’s actually called Ffrindiau Gigiau Caerdydd. And we are super excited to be able to […]

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Punks In The Community – a new website

14
Feb
2018

We’re launching a new website called ‘Punks In The Community’ to shine a light on positive people doing great stuff in their communities. As a small charity, with a punk attitude, we’re often asked by people how we do things and what our secret is, and the fact is that we know there’s loads of great groups […]

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Run for us in Brighton Marathon 2018

10
Jan
2018

Are you thinking of entering the Brighton Marathon? It’s always a great event in the city and this year we’ve been offered subsidised places for anyone who’d like to run it and raise funds for Stay Up Late. We need to at least cover our costs on this, and will provide a Stay Up Late […]

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Gig Buddies on the Russell Howard Hour

15
Dec
2017

We were totally thrilled to be asked by Russell Howard if we could be featured in his show on Sky TV. Of course we said yes! Here’s a short clip from the show with some of our buddies being interviewed. We just love it!

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Stay Up Late’s Annual Review of 2017 Advent Calendar

05
Dec
2017

This year we’ve decided to release a bit-sized version of our annual review as an advent calendar of posts. We hope you enjoy looking back over the past year, we did as we had a great one, and thank you to everyone who helped with that. 1 – Our Open Office We moved in to […]

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Simon Barker – an obituary

04
Dec
2017

Simon Barker was the charismatic front man of the punk Heavy Load. The band came to the attention of the public thanks to Jerry Rothwell’s feature documentary (also called ‘Heavy Load’) charting the bands attempts to break out of the world of social care social clubs and take their raucous and energetic shows to the […]

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