Gig Buddies in a box

Gig Buddies matches up people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people with a volunteer who shares the same interests and passions. This enables people to:

  • Be part of their community
  • Broaden their interests
  • Make new friends and increase their social networks
  • Be more confident in going out to new places

It also supports people with their physical and mental well-being, all whilst they’re having fun. That’s why we call it ‘Serious Fun!’

People with learning disabilities and their volunteers out at a gig together.

Is it just about ‘gigs’?

No! It’s about whatever your ‘gig’ is. That could be live bands, clubbing, theatre, nature walks, parkruns, playing football, going to plays. We have buddies doing all these things and more.

Gig Buddies is all about enabling you to live the life you want and be part of community life.

Setting up Gig Buddies in your area

We can support you to get Gig Buddies going in your area so you can join the growing community of Gig Buddies Projects all supporting people to have great social lives.

We believe that Gig Buddies should look different in every place as everywhere has different needs and different cultural scenes. However, there are 4 things that can’t change and are what makes Gig Buddies special.

The 4 Principles of Gig Buddies

There are 4 key things which we think make Gig Buddies special, and which can’t be changed, or it’s not a Gig Buddies project:

1. About me!

People with learning disabilities deciding how they will lead their own lives

2. Community

Being active in your local community.

3. Culture

Going to gigs, theatre, walks, plays, whatever you’re in to.

4. Friendship

Having people in your life who aren’t paid to be there.

Getting started

The first step is to get in touch for a short conversation so we can find out more about you and your organisation.

We’ll talk you through how we support you and answer any questions you may have.

Get in touch for an initial chat

If you want to find out more please get in touch, we’ll have a short chat and tell you a bit more.

Joining the Gig Buddies community

When you join the Gig Buddies community you’ll receive training and ongoing support from us to make sure you get going as soon as possible.

You’ll also get:

  1. All our resources and training materials
  2. Logos and branding
  3. A bespoke website (if wanted – this costs extra)
  4. Join the community of Gig Buddies projects with our regular Zoom peer-support sessions
  5. In-person support from our team to train your co-ordinator
  6. Facilitation of your first volunteer training session


We have costed the licence so that we can give you proper support but to also keep it affordable as we know times are hard.

The licence costs £9,000 for the initial set up year.

Thereafter there is a £750 per year subscription.

Please note ‘Gig Buddies’ is also trademarked so you can be sure everyone is running it to our standards and to our ethos.

Ready for the next step?

Once you’ve decided you want to go ahead and set up your local Gig Buddies project we’ll ask you to complete a short application form.

We’ll then arrange a more in-depth meeting with you. We. charge £250 for this session and in it we’ll go through:

  1. The contents of the resources
  2. Outline of the training
  3. Draft budget so you can start fundraising for your project coordinator (the budget will also give you an idea of the number of people you can aim to support in a year)
  4. The main outcomes that we work to

Gig Buddies website

Do check out our Gig Buddies project website to get more of a feel of what it’s all about.

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