Get Gig Buddies going in your area

Stay Up Late launch Gig Buddies in a box

Gig Buddies is a volunteer befriending scheme that we’ve been running in Sussex for nearly 3 years. The idea is really simple; we match up socially isolated people with learning disabilities and autism with a volunteer buddy who loves the same kind of music (or any other cultural interests).

Whilst the idea is really simple we’ve put a lot of thought and effort into ensuring we ensure volunteers are well trained and supported and also that participants receive good support. Through good training and on-going support we know there’s a good chance we can enable long lasting friendships to blossom and ensure that people have good informal support networks around them helping to promote good health and well-being.

We’re now developing our work by supporting other organisations to replicate our project in their area. To find out ‘what’s in the box’ go to our website

We’ve had a great deal of interest from organisations wanting to partner with us and our plan is to work with just partners initially so please get in touch if you want to find out more.

Paul Richards