Gig Buddies Blog

We’ve won the Queen’s Award

We've won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

(the MBE for charities and community groups)

We’ve had some amazing news today we’ve been recognized by the Queen who has awarded us The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

This is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.

This is even more special as we’ve received the news to coincide with The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

This is a massive thank you to all our volunteers; our Gig Buddies, Sports Buddies, ambassadors, trustees, community fundraisers and everyone who has been involved in our work over the past 11 years. Without you none of this would have been possible.

Since starting as a small project in Brighton and Hove 9 years ago we are now running our Gig Buddies and Sports Buddies across Sussex and have supported other organisations to replicate our work across the UK and in Australia enabling many more people with learning disabilities to have great social lives.

(Read more about how we started here)

The past 2 years have been particularly difficult and our volunteers have been amazing friends to their buddies with learning disabilities, showing great creativity and great humanity in keeping connected throughout the lockdowns.

We’re a small charity but make a big impact and that’s down to all our wonderful volunteers who are having a real impact on the lives of people with learning disabilities.

Read some short stories about the real difference our work has made to people with learning disabilities.

Read more here

Thank you to all our volunteers, of who there are far too many to show all their photos!

Thank you for all the amazing things you do.