What is your solution?
Gig Buddies will match up people with learning disabilities with volunteer ‘buddies’ who love the same kind of music so they can enjoy nights out together, be part of their local community and widen their social networks.
They will also be encouraged to become part of a community of Gig Buddies through regular meet-ups and social events to share experiences and dream up new ones.
By Jan ’13 we will recruit, vet and train our first group of buddies. These buddies will also be supported and encouraged to become a community of buddies by attending regular meet-ups and social events as well as gigs.
We will recruit people with learning disabilities by visiting day centres and advocacy organisations as well as publicising our project locally amongst support providers and disability organizations and at events that we run. We will recruit the buddies through an advertising campaign involving local venues, colleges/universities, promoters, local press and through our regular social media activities.
Buddies will be matched and supported by a project worker who will be responsible for ongoing support and monitoring of the service.
We’ll also be producing easy to read publicity to promote the scheme which will be designed in a way that promotes it as a ‘cool’ club to belong to.
How will you deliver this?
We will create a ‘volunteer service’ which will match people up through having an interest in the same kind of music and bands and provide training to develop a community of ‘buddies’.
How we will spend the money
- Recruiting vetting and training our first buddies.
- Producing advertising and information materials to promote the scheme
- Supporting the ‘buddies’ to attend their first gig.
Not only do we think Gig Buddies will introduce more people with learning disabilities to live music, but it will also give them the opportunity to expand their social networks by meeting other people who have the same thing in common as them – a love of music.