Volunteering for Gig Buddies

Want to enable a person with a learning disability to enjoy the things that you love? Read more about volunteering for Gig Buddies…

We regularly recruit new volunteers to buddy up with a person who has a learning disability. We are looking for volunteers all over Sussex, including Brighton and Hove, Worthing, Chichester, Lewes, Uckfield, Eastbourne and Hastings.

Signing up new gig buddy volunteers at a festival

 

You don’t need to have any particular experience, you need to be:

  • 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.

Role description: 

Volunteering for Gig BuddiesBeing a gig buddy involves attending an event with a person who has a learning disability, twice a month. You also help them to choose the event and help with practical / transport arrangements. You will receive training and support.

What’s the process to start volunteering for Gig Buddies?

  1. You fill in an application form (see below) and email it back to one of the project workers. If we aren’t currently looking for gig buddy volunteers in your area, we’ll keep your application and let you know when a position becomes available.
  2. If your application is successful, you’ll meet a project worker for an informal interview.
  3. You need to complete a DBS check (formerly CRB), which a project worker will do with you.
  4. You attend training to get you ready for gig buddying.
  5. Meanwhile, we’ll think about the best match for you as a gig buddy.
  6. We’ll introduce you to your gig buddy, and maybe their carers, family, support workers or friends.
  7. A project worker may come along on your first gig with your buddy to give you both extra support.
  8. The you start volunteering for Gig Buddies – it’s up to you to plan and enjoy fun evenings out with your gig buddy!
  9. The Stay Up Late team will be on hand to support you when you need it.

To find out about current opportunities, please email Madeline on madeline@stayuplate.org or phone her on 07827228171.

Application form

Stay Up Late’s volunteer code of conduct 

Once you have started as a Gig Buddy volunteer, you can find all the documents you will need here.

Volunteering for Gig Buddies

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