Buddies Resources

We are here to help you do more of what you love.

Resources for Gig and Sports Buddy Volunteers

We want to support you along the way, so below is useful information and some important forms to help you be a Buddy.

Volunteer Expenses

You can claim volunteer expenses each month i.e. tickets, drinks, travel and petrol. Click here to download an expenses form, and remember to include pictures of all the receipts too.

Please email your form and receipts to holly@stayuplate.org.

You may have arranged with your Buddy to drive to events, this document will give you some advice on this.

Buddies Feedback

Every month you will receive an email and/or text from us asking how things are going with your buddy.

We will ask what you have been up to together and if you would like any extra support or a check-in.


Every 6 – 12 months, your coordinator will get in contact with you for supervision. This is a chance to catch up on what you have been doing with your gig buddy, discuss any concerns or share successes. We want to provide on going support for you as a volunteer so this is really important to us.

Remember to tell us if you change your phone number, address or email address so our records are up to date. This will also ensure you are kept in the loop with gig buddy socials and our newsletter.

Volunteer Handbook

This booklet accompanies your training. You may find it useful to refer back to it when you are a buddy. Please click here to view it.

Getting Free Tickets

We ask gig buddy volunteers to access a free carer, accompanying person or PA ticket when you go out with your buddy, if the venue offers this service for their disabled customers. We refund your expenses as a volunteer, so this helps us to keep our costs down.

Members of Gig Buddies sometimes have the opportunity to go to certain gigs for free in Sussex (which is even better, because then your buddy can go for free too!). Some venues offer us one pair of gig buddies tickets, some will put one pair of gig buddies on their guest list. Have a look at their website to find out what gigs are going on.

The Hope and Ruin, Brighton www.hope.pub

One Inch Badge, Brighton www.oneinchbadge.com

SpyBoy Promoters, Hailsham www.spyboy.co.uk

The Volks, Brighton www.volksclub.co.uk

To enquire about free tickets, please contact your coordinator with the date, venue and artist of the gig you would like to attend.

We’re always wanting to hear if there’s anything we can do to make the project better so please get in touch to talk about anything you think will help.

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