Club Soda Croydon seeks Gig Buddies Project Assistant

Closing Date: 21 February 2020

Club Soda Croydon

Location: Croydon

Remuneration: £23,000 pro rata paid monthly in arrears


Gig Buddies team at a festival promoting the project

Club Soda are a group of adults with learning disabilities creating exciting social and creative opportunities in Croydon for ourselves and for other people. We were the first to provide accessible club nights in mainstream Croydon venues. We produce new and original art, by collaborating with musicians, DJs, actors, film-makers, fine artists, photographers and many others. We support and encourage learning disabled artists. We help to promote a better understanding of people with learning disabilities. We’re working towards a more inclusive, accessible, and fairer Croydon.

We do this through various projects, including weekly music workshops, live music events and Gig Buddies Croydon.

What is Gig Buddies Croydon?

Gig Buddies Croydon matches adults with learning disabilities to volunteers who have similar
interests, to go to events together that they both love. Gig Buddies makes sure that people
with learning disabilities don’t miss out on a social life by enabling people to make friends
with members of their community.

In 2017 Club Soda was one of 10 organisations across the UK chosen by the charity, Stay Up
Late, to launch local Gig Buddies projects. We became the first such organisation in London
to run this pioneering project.

Stay Up Late was started as a campaign by the band Heavy Load in 2006. Heavy Load were
concerned at the amount of people with learning disabilities missing out on gigs due to their
support staff working inflexible shift patterns. Gig Buddies was created as a solution.

Gig Buddies is about empowering people with learning disabilities to access their local
cultural scene, building friendships and giving people choice about the way they live their
lives. Through monthly socials at different cultural venues and matching pairs of buddies,
Gig Buddies creates a community of people bringing about social change.

Since the launch of Gig Buddies Croydon in April 2019 we have:
● Engaged 30 volunteers and participants onto the project
● Matched 5 pairs of buddies
● Facilitated 4 volunteer training sessions
● Held 16 social events in local venues
● Had over 100 people attend across all social events
● Promoted Gig Buddies at 2 local festivals
● Presented at 4 local community groups
● Developed partnerships with over 5 local organisations and venues

Gig Buddies: Project Assistant

The Project Assistant will be employed by Club Soda on a one year contract initially, with the
option to extend. The Project Assistant will support the Project Manager in delivering and developing the Gig Buddies project across Croydon. There will also be an element of supporting the wider work of the charity.

  • The post is for 14 hours per week, the work pattern is negotiable.
  • The salary is £23,000 pro rata paid monthly in arrears.
  • You will be entitled to 11.5 days annual leave per year (includes Bank Holidays).
  • The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on 21st February 2020, and interviews will be held on 2nd March 2020.

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To apply please complete an application form below and a 60 second video to tell us why you’d be great at the job. Send to by the deadline. (Details of how to send the video to us are in the application form)

Contact Chez ( for more details about the role.