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Check out the Gig Buddies campaign


Gig Buddies is a programme by national charity, Stay Up Late, that supports people with learning disabilities to see live music through their volunteering befriending service. In response to the coronavirus lockdown, the charity has brought many of its services online including; virtual coffee mornings, art clubs, evening socials and @Coronavirusfest – a virtual music festival that takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8pm and 9pm to keep their beneficiaries, supporters and general public connected through music.

Gig Buddies is running an emergency appeal during this Learning Disability Week from 15 – 21 June (and beyond), to help their participants that don’t currently have access to the internet get online. It costs £220 to provide a participant with a smartphone and get them digitally connected.

A significant number of people with learning disabilities have been facing an increased level of isolation during the coronavirus lockdown because they can’t access the internet.

25% of people with learning disabilities, supported by national voluntary befriending programme Gig Buddies, are locked out of the digital connection that so many of us are using to stay in touch with friends.

Gig Buddies is asking for donations to help provide a smartphone to someone with a learning disability, helping them stay in touch with friends and giving them access to Gig Buddies’ online community.

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Ruth Hamblett
1 month ago

Am one of the artist whose practice is stumbling due to lack of modern phone, current mobile was donated to me from my son. But with no card in phone means can not take photographs nor record, video stuff and can not access email account which is frustrating for a visual disability artist.

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