Stay Up Late is a charity that supports People With a learning Disability and/or Autistic People to have a voice and be able to live a healthy, happy life that they choose. We match Volunteers to People with a Learning Disability and/or Autistic people who have a shared interest. They form a friendship and do things together like go to Gigs and performances. Its not all about Music, whatever your interest we will match you with a suitable buddy.
We are led by People With a Learning Disability and/or Autistic People, our members steer all our work. We have campaign Ambassadors and Advisory groups who are all from our community.
What does the opportunity involve doing?
We would like a commitment of at least one year from our volunteers and a time commitment of between 4-6 hours a month.
The aim of our project is that it is safe, creative and most importantly enjoyable and fun.
You will be able to do something you enjoy whilst forming a new friendship with someone with a Learning Disability and/or Autism.
We do get free and complimentary tickets to some local events and we are supported by lots of great venues and promoters across Sussex. Our Advisory Groups and Ambassadors also organise their own Stay Up Late events and these are very popular and a great chance to meet other volunteers and new people.
What induction, training and support is offered?
All volunteers are inducted and receive training, at present this is done via zoom. You can fill in an expression of interest (short) volunteer form on line at www.stayuplate.org.
After filling in the form, a coordinator will be in touch with you. After checks and references are received you will be able to access our training- which takes around a day to complete- and can be done in stages and in a way that suits any needs you may have.
As a volunteer you will also receive on going support and informal supervision from our area support coordinators. You will also be asked for regular feedback and we will support you with any additional training or information needs you may have in order to fulfil your voluntary role.
We have robust and responsive procedures in place and an on call system so that you can always speak to a staff member should the need arise.
What skills or qualities are needed?
Able to help a person with a learning disability to make decisions about what kind of events they’d like to go to.
Able to commit to a day of training, and then to meet up with the person that you are matched to twice a month.
Friendly and kind, with a good sense of humour.
Willing to get to know somebody well, and to have a good gig buddying relationship with them, based on mutual respect and shared interests.
Committed to Stay Up Late’s campaign to ensure that people with learning disabilities are enabled to live active social lives and make their own choices about how they live.
Proactive and reliable – part of the role is to arrange the gigs that you go to with your buddy.
Because gig buddying is all about getting to know somebody, we usually ask that you’ll be around for at least a year.
If you are an Artist, photographer, climber, rambler, cook, film buff etc you can use your skills to enable a person to enjoy this activity with you. Throughout lockdown the Stay Up Late community have been trying new activities on zoom and have enjoyed staying connected in this way.
Deadline for applications
1 Oct 2021
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