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.
Gig Buddies is about empowering people, building friendships and giving people choice about what they do with their own lives.
Volunteering has never been so fun and couldn’t be easier! Volunteers attend gigs and other events that they might already be going to, but with a new friend who has a learning disability.
The project grew out of Sussex charity Stay Up Late and has expanded across the UK. Club Soda is currently the only organisation in London running Gig Buddies!
“I heard about the Gig Buddies program many years ago so I was very excited to learn a branch had started in Croydon. The program is inclusive, friendly and joyous. It has been a unique opportunity to share my passion for music with others who have the same excitement for live music. Music is always better with others.”
“This is a great project which makes a real difference to lives. Croydon is developing a fantastic cultural scene and what is really important to us is that it is inclusive and accessible for everyone in our community. Gig Buddies goes right to the heart of this.”
Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport
“Being a part of Gig Buddies Croydon has been such a positive experience for me so far. The socials have been really varied and a lot of fun – a great chance to meet new people, see a few bands, play some board games and even watch a cabaret. I’m really looking forward to another year of it!”