Stay Up Late

Gig Buddies

Gig Buddies supports socially isolated people with learning disabilities and/or autism to be active in their communities by matching them with a volunteer who loves the same music as they do (or any other cultural activity). It's all about developing friendships through the love of the same thing.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1145040)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£2,500

Amount raised

£5,633

Donations

35

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • Stay Up Late‚Äôs Gig Buddies project supports people with learning disabilities to make long-lasting and meaningful friendships

    — Jo and Christian

  • Stay Up Late’s Gig Buddies project supports people with learning disabilities to make long-lasting and meaningful friendships

    — Jo and Christian

Situation

Many people with learning disabilities and/or autism find it difficult to be active in their communities especially in the evening. Contributing factors are: - Not having enough funded support hours - Worrying about keeping safe in the community - Not having the confidence or motivation to go out - Having nobody to go with - Not having accessible information about what’s on - Needing support with transport This has a detrimental effect on their physical and mental well-being.

Solution

Gig Buddies matches up socially isolated people with learning disabilities and/or autism with a volunteer who shares the same cultural interests. All volunteers are vetted and trained, and have a full criminal record check before being matched with their 'buddy'. The aim is to use the shared interest as a hook on which to develop an on-going friendship so the socially isolated person can develop their informal support networks and friendships as well as developing confidence in the community.