Gig Buddies is a project that pairs up people with and without learning disabilities to be friends and to go to events together.
They regularly recruit new volunteers to buddy up with a person who has a learning disability. At the moment, they’re particularly looking for volunteers in the Eastbourne and Hastings area in East Sussex.
People who have a learning disability and would like to go to more events can join Gig Buddies. The Gig Buddies manager will come and meet them to talk about the project. The person will then be paired with somebody who shares their interests to attend gigs and other events with.
Buddies have a full criminal records check and will be trained and informed about how to support each person best.
Much more information about Gig Buddies and how they work here. You can contact Paul or Madeline at Gig Buddies:
Stay Up Late
2 Bell Lane
Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1JU
Tel 01273 405800
Gig Buddies is part of the Stay Up Late group which is seeking to promote the right of people with learning disabilities to have a choice about how they live their lives. They believe “that people with learning disabilities have the right to stay up late and have some fun”.
Stay Up Late have a number of other projects including the Q-Kit .. a quality assessment tool, co-produced with a group of people with learning disabilities developed with Southdown Housing Association.