Paul Richards

4 May 2020

Turning the knobs up to 11 in lockdown

On 17th March we had an emergency team meeting as social distancing was starting to take effect, and a full lockdown looked ever more likely. [...]
1 May 2020

May 20 newsletter

Staying in is the new going out. At Gig Buddies we’ve had to adapt to the lockdown which means we can’t meet up at the […]

3 April 2020

Gig Buddies in lockdown – April 20

We've had to take as much of Gig Buddies online, and on to the phone, as much as possible while we're on lockdown with the [...]
18 March 2020

Coronavirusfest – Gig Buddies going online

Coronavirusfest - Gig Buddies going online At our team meeting yesterday we had a long chat about what we could do to carry on the [...]
17 March 2020

Coronavirus update for all Gig Buddies volunteers

Dear Gig Buddy Volunteers, Following government advise last night on the 16th March,  around the coronavirus outbreak, we have decided to suspend all Gig Buddying [...]
27 January 2020

Time to pause for thought with gig buddies in Eastbourne.

Our student intern Martina joined us for another social in Eastbourne to meet gig buddies and see some of them perform! Here’s what she said about her experience.

16 January 2020

Launching our new project Buzz Buddies!

Extratime in partnership with Stay up Late, have launched a new project called Buzz Buddies for 18-25 year olds with learning disabilities who live in […]

19 December 2019

Gig Buddies review of the year – 2019

It’s been another fantastic year for us on the Gig Buddies project and here’s just some of our highlights. There’s loads more from our other […]

16 December 2019

It’s only rock and roll but we like it!

We love hearing stories of gig buddies teaming up when their usual gig buddy isn’t available which is exactly what Daniel and Darren from St […]

18 October 2019

Kate and Paul on the Journey Skills podcast

Here’s Kate and Paul on the latest Journey Skills podcast being interviewed around the work of Stay Up Late and Gig Buddies – talking about […]

10 October 2019

Eat, Sleep, Gig, Repeat – for World Mental Health day 10th Oct

A year ago we published this blog not knowing that by now we would have a sister project in Brighton called Gig Buddies For Good […]

8 October 2019

Steve and Shannara- Working towards independent travel

Steve, Volunteer said “Before joining Gig Buddies I’d never volunteered before but when I heard about the scheme it seemed like the perfect opportunity to […]