Gig Buddies

Gig Buddies is a new initiative within Calderdale which aims to promote social inclusion among people who have a learning disability.

The scheme aims to reduce the barriers faced by people with a learning disability in relation to accessing social activities. These have been identified as attending the theatre, cinema, live music and anything else that a person may wish to engage with in their leisure time.

Our scheme aims to match volunteers who will be referred to as ‘Gig Buddies’ with people who have a learning disability; our ‘Gig Goers’ based upon shared interests. Our aim is to create opportunities for people to meet and forge friendships based upon shared interests. Our idea is that we will match buddies with people and arrange introductions before supporting you to your first gig; whatever this may be. We would then leave you to meet once per month to meet up independently and make arrangements to attend other events.

The initiative is being funded by Adult Health and Social Care and is being delivered in partnership with Square Chapel Arts Centre and the Brighton based charity Stay Up Late.

I am currently recruiting volunteers for this exciting new scheme and if this is something that you would like to hear more about, please contact gemma@squarechapel.co.uk, call me at Square Chapel or drop in to see me.

Useful links

Gig Buddies Calderdale FAQs

Gig Buddies: http://www.gigbuddies.org.uk/

Stay Up Late: http://stayuplate.org/gig-buddies-project/

Calderdale Council: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2