Going to gigs with a buddy who has learning disabilities

The Gig Buddies project from Stay Up Late matches socially isolated people who have learning disabilities with volunteers who share the same interests in music or other cultural passions so they can go to gigs together – and hopefully enable ongoing friendships to develop.

Based in Sussex, they’ve now started to share the project with other organisations around the country and three of these projects have had direct support from councils who see the benefit - Portsmouth, Calderdale and Croydon. They're also working with organisations in Long Eaton, Norwich, Edinburgh and even in Sydney, Australia, who are all replicating the Gig Buddies model.

Case study:

Catherine from Worthing has been a gig buddy for three and a half years. She and Anita were matched as they are similar in age, live in the same area and love 80's bands!

Gig buddies Anita Catherine

Catherine says: 'When I volunteer with Gig Buddies I support someone who wouldn't necessarily be able to get to gigs on their own. I get to meet new people and we both get the opportunity to see bands that we love. Win-win!'

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