People with learning disabilities have as much of a right to go out to socialise, party and have a good night out as the rest of us. Yet there are longstanding and pervasive boundaries that stop this from happening. Or at least makes it far more difficult than it should be.
At Club Soda we are continually fighting these barriers to try to create an accessible and inclusive social scene in Croydon. However, there is only so much we can do without systemic change in local venues and organisations. Adjustments need to happen across the board. It should not be left to projects like ours or people with learning disabilities having to advocate for themselves.
On November 25th 2021 we invited local learning disability organisations, local venues and representatives from Croydon Council to get to the bottom of what needs to be done to shake up the status quo in Croydon’s social scene.
The Project Assistant role is for an adult with a learning disability to join the Club Soda team. You will help the Gig Buddies Project Manager and Coordinator run the Gig Buddies project in Croydon.
Gig Buddies Croydon matches adults with learning disabilities to volunteers who have similar interests. They go to events together that they both love. Gig Buddies was started by a Brighton based charity called Stay Up Late. In 2017 Club Soda was chosen by Stay Up Late to start a local Gig Buddies project. We are the only Gig Buddies project in London. Gig Buddies makes sure that people with learning disabilities don’t miss out on a social life by helping people to make friends.
The Project Assistant will be employed by Club Soda on a three year contract.
The job is for 8 hours a week.
The salary is £4,600 a year, paid monthly.
You will be allowed 5.5 days annual leave (days of holiday) per year (includes Bank Holidays)
Make Your Own Partywear with the Makers of Stuff Squad (MOSS)
With the Online SoDaDa Party coming up soon, we’re starting to get very excited!
We’re encouraging everyone to join in their best and most unusual partywear and MOSS have been making their own. If you’re not sure what to wear, click the links below for some inspiration and instructions from MOSS.
Get out your craft materials and get creative! We would love to see sneak peeks of what you’re making so send us some photos and videos!
The Makers of Stuff Squad (MOSS) and Turf Projects have been working together since June 2014. MOSS are a collective of learning disabled adult artists from in and around Croydon. Turf provide regular workshops for the artists on Wednesday afternoons to support their own artistic practices and work on collaborative projects. Find out more about MOSS here.
The Carbonatorsare based in Croydon and began as an echo-rock band that formed in 2011, initially to perform alongside the legendary Damo Suzuki (ex-CAN). Since then they have honed their own unique blend of Digital Blues, Punk/New Wave and Soul music. The band play rock n roll, punk, blues, soul and free jazz / improvised music all mixed up into good phonics.
Have been compared to Can, The Fall, Roxy Music and Galaxy 500
Due to health concerns around COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Club Soda made the decision to move all activity online at least until July 2020. Our first priority is to keep our staff, members and audiences safe and we are taking time to make sure our community are supported and safe.