Become a Gig Buddy

Do you want to become a Gig Buddy?

Unfortunately we have decided to pause new applications for the project until 3rd Sep ’18. Please note that this is just for people who want a volunteer (people with learning disabilities). We are still accepting applications from people who want to volunteer. Please see this link for more details on this.

Why we’re doing this

Over the past few years we’ve seen unprecedented cuts to adult social care funding due to the cuts being imposed on local authorities by central government. These cuts have meant that often only what is deemed as ‘essential support’ is funded.

This means that things like having a social life are not seen as ‘essential’ – even though we all know how important they really are for our mental and physical well-being, and also the health of the community in general.

This has meant we’ve seen a surge in people wanting to find a Gig Buddy volunteer so they can go out and have a great social life.

As a result we have a really big list of people on our waiting list and we want to try and do as good a job as we can with the limited resources we have.

That’s why we’ve decided to pause our waiting list for now, just so we can catch up and not let people down. We’d obviously love to be able to find everyone a volunteer, but in reality this is a lot easier said than done, but by pausing new applications we think this will give us the best chance of doing what we can.

We’re also going to spend the next few months learning more about how to make sure we find the best possible volunteers, and making sure we support them to stay volunteering with us for as long as possible.

That doesn’t mean you can’t still be involved

You’d still be welcome to attend our social meet-ups, which we hold in various places around Sussex regularly, and you can find out what we’ve got lined up on our events listings.

If you are coming though please could you email Kate or Harri to let them know.

Thank you for your patience

We didn’t take this decision lightly and we appreciate how disappointing this might be for people looking for a volunteer but we are going to do our level best to get more people signed up as soon as we can.

Please check back on 3rd September, or email us for an update.

Any questions? Just drop us a line

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