Hi <<First Name>>
This mailer says a big hello to all our new supporters, since the piece in the Guardian about Gig Buddies we've been inundated with people wanting to know more about how they can get involved. (And apologies if we've not replied to your email yet, we're working our way through them!). We're not complaining either, thank you to you all and do keep in touch.
Here's some quick updates on what we're up to at the moment
Gig Buddies in a box
Lots of you have been asking if you can start up your own Gig Buddies projects and we want to support this well so we're working with two partners to work out how to do this and planning to be able to share the model properly over the next year. This is all new to us so please bear with us.
Here's a link to the blog saying where we're at right now with this plan.
And here's a link to my blog explain why one of these pilots is Sydney, Australia.
Help get Andrew to Australia
We're on a bit of a mission right now as we've got the opportunity to take one of our Gig Buddies participants to Australia to help launch Gig Buddies down under. This will be an amazing opportunity for him so if you're able to support us in any way, by buying merch from our shop, staging any kind of fundraising activity or making a donation please do get in touch or visit our fundraising page here.
We're doing well and have raised over Â£600 of the Â£1200 needed.
Gig Buddies volunteers in Uckfield
We're particularly looking for volunteers in the Uckfield area in East Sussex. If you know of anyone who might be interested please put them in touch.
Thanks to Gaith, one of our early volunteers we're over the moon to release our brand new t-shirts, inspired by US hard-core band 'The Circle Jerks'. They're up on our site too.
This is an award winning website, and a great idea, to get people working together to create social change. We've got a discussion going on there about how to enable support systems to work in a way that truly meet the needs of people with learning disabilities. Please fee free to join in.
'What leads to'
Kiss My Disco - a new leaf
There's not one, but two club nights coming up (see right hand margin of this email for details).
Also we've decided to hand over the running and promotion of the nights to Nick and Freshtrack DJ workshops. We've worked with Nick from the very first night and as interest in Gig Buddies and our wider work gathers pace we've decided to try and cut back on some of our other activities. We know the nights are in great hands though and will no doubt go from strength to strength, plus we'll also continue to support them as best as we can.
Nick would be grateful if you could give him your email address so he can keep you posted on what he's got lined up next. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
ART-is goes to Madrid
Madeline and Kate are off to Madrid this week with 3 of our Gig Buddies participants as part of the ongoing ART-is project, working with partners from Europe to create a festival celebrating art by people with learning disabilities in Malta next year. They'll be posting up a blog about how they got on soon.
Pressure Drop - Paul's new blog
We get the impression that people think Stay Up Late is a lot bigger than it is (probably because we're always online!) so I've started a new blog to share how we do things and help lift the lid on Stay Up Late and the trials and tribulations of running a small charity.
Read the blog here
Organising an event?
If you're putting something on do let us know and weâ€™ll post on our site â€“ also donâ€™t forget to publicise it through this free service from the Press Association
Two quick things you could do to support us
1) Buy one of our t-shirts â€“ and while youâ€™re there check out our store for other treats
2) Add us a your favourite charity on Ebay - not only could we get picked to win some money but 10 randomly drawn supporters, who favourite a charity, will also be in the running to win an individual prize of Â£250 each.
John Renbourn fundraiser
Thank you to everyone who came along to this very special evening, we raised a total of Â£1976 which we are totally thrilled with.
Next fundraiser - Alice Russell!
Our next fundraiser is almost confirmed, so much so that I can tell you it will be with the lovely and amazing Alice Russell in Brighton in the new year. Full details to come soon but needless to say we are extremely excited about this.
Best wishes and thank you all again for your continued support in helping us with our work.
Paul and everyone at Stay Up Late