Gig Buddies needed to volunteer for music nights out

Madeline Denny, one of the Gig Buddie organisers, with Harry Fairchild SUS-140926-142217001
Madeline Denny, one of the Gig Buddie organisers, with Harry Fairchild SUS-140926-142217001

Kindhearted music fans are being asked to volunteer to take people with learning disabilities to gigs.

The project is called Gig Buddies and organisers are looking for people to volunteer in Eastbourne.

It is being run by a charity called Stay Up Late which helps people with learning disabilities have a social life. The Gig Buddies scheme links adults who have a learning disability to a volunteer who has similar interests in music, or other events, to go out together.

The project aims to combat social isolation faced by many people with learning disabilities, by enabling them to make friends with other members of their community who have a similar interest to them.

The project has already linked over 50 people in Sussex to a volunteer Gig Buddy.

Gig Buddies attracts people of all ages and all types of musical taste – from heavy metal to musicals, indie to club nights.

Paul Richards, director and co-founder of the charity, said, “The charity was set up as a response to seeing people with learning disabilities being denied the sort of social opportunities that many of us take for granted.”

To volunteer visit www.stayuplate.org.