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Coronavirus update for all Gig Buddies

We are following updates and official advice closely. We have set up this extra page where we will post any information, advice or updates on the running of the Gig Buddies project.

Welcome to Gig Buddies

We are NOT about providing free support or replacing statutory services.

It’s about enabling people with learning disabilities to have people in their lives who aren’t paid to be there.

Through matching people up with a volunteer who commits to at least one gig per month we are able to show:

Credits: Hani Fauzia Ramadhani & Nada Ibrahim Saleh

Gig Buddy volunteers make a difference

Through matching people up with a volunteer who commits to at least one gig per month our evaluation shows:

86%said they see their Gig Buddy as their friend
82%said they felt really able to make decisions about what they wanted to do with their buddy
76%said they’re more aware of other ways they can now spend their spare time
79%said they now go out more in the evenings as a result of Gig Buddies (not just with their buddy)
90%said that having a Gig Buddy makes them feel less lonely
78%said they’d made new friends in addition to their Gig Buddy volunteer

From the blogs

9 April 2020

First impressions of Gig Buddies from our intern Sarah

Sarah arrived from Berlin, Germany at the beginning of March and moved to Brighton for her placement at Stay Up Late. Here she talks about […]

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