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It's been a busy few months here at Stay Up Late and here's an update on some of the things we've been up to including the results of the 'State of Stay Up Late' survey, links to some recent blogs which have been stirring up some debate online and an account of Kate's recent trip to Japan.
We're also celebrating 3 years of Gig Buddies and will soon be announcing more about our plans to replicate Gig Buddies in other places.     

Thank you to everyone who completed our survey, we had a great response and in the report you'll be able to read what we plan to do now.
Thank you too for your ongoing support in our work to try and ensure that people with learning disabilities are able to enjoy ordinary lives.

Keep in touch

Get in touch if you've got ideas about how we can campaign in your area, have an event to publicise, want to find out about running Gig Buddies in your area, or have any other ideas or questions for us. We always love to hear from people.
We hope you enjoy reading our news and please encourage your friends and colleagues to get involved in our work.
These are difficult times for people with learning disabilities and the more people getting involved in helping to change things the better.
Best wishes from the Stay Up Late team.
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The State of Stay Up Late survey '16

Here's the report from our recent survey to find out what's going on at the moment. There's links to the full report, easier to read version and an infographic too.

Gig Buddies on BBC 6 Music

Here's Madeline talking about her Good Day/Bad Day tunes on the Steve Lamaqc show (and talking about Gig Buddies of course!)

Look cool and support our work!

Check out our online store with our range of awesome t-shirts, the ideal things to wear when you're staying up late!

Website upgrades

We're working on our Gig Buddies website right now and will be in touch soon to let you know what's new.

Kate in Japan

Kate, our fantastic Project Coordinator recently went to Japan as part of a Young Core Leadership Programme organised by NCVO, funded by the Japanese government, to find out about social care over there. Read her series of great blogs about the highs and lows and taking her non-stop party attitude to Japan!

Gig Buddies 3rd birthday party!

We can't quite believe it but Gig Buddies is 3 years old! We're having a party at Sticky Mike's in Brighton, 30th March. Everyone welcome.

The Big Society just got a little bit smaller

This blog announces the news that we've had our Gig Buddies funding from East Sussex County Council cut due to austerity. It talks about the impact on us but also the wider impact on grassroots charities and groups across the UK.

Brighton Festival, accessible performances

Brighton Festival have really pulled out the stops this year to make performances as accessible as possible. There's relaxed performances, BSL interpretation, touch tours, audio descriptions and visual shows.
We've compiled a list here.



We've got adverts for all sorts of events up and down the country aimed at people with learning disabilities, and encouraging people to fight for their right to Stay Up Late. 

There's so many we can't get them in the newsletter anymore so please check on the site!
Let us know if you're organising an event as we're happy to share it.

Gig Buddies celebrate 1year together

This blog caused a bit of a stir because it not only talks about Kittie and Dean's great relationship but also the problems caused by a poor support culture.

Supported Employment
How not to & how to do it!

A great blog by Madeline on the terrible experiences of one of our Gig Buddies participants in a 'supported' employment service.

How to survive under the NDIS - new book

We were thrilled to be asked to contribute to Fran Connelley's new book which looks at the new system of support that's been introduced for people with disabilities across Australia. It's a really exciting time for them in terms of creating opportunities for providing truly person centered support.

Alan Courtis & The Band of God

About our experience of working with the experimental guitarist and musicians from Argentina.
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