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Gig Buddies Launches Coronavirusfest

Gig Buddies Launches Coronavirusfest

Gig Buddies is a programme run 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 and evening socials.

One exciting addition to Gig Buddies online offering of events is @Coronavirusfest – a virtual music festival to keep their beneficiaries, supporters and general public connected through music.

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 are locked out of the digital means that so many of us are using to stay in touch with friends. So Gig Buddies are asking for donations to help people with a learning disability get digitally connected.

Being connected digitally will continue to play a major role in tackling the isolation that people with learning disabilities felt even before lockdown began and making Gig Buddies events and services available online is an important step towards tackling the isolation felt by disabled people.

For more information and to get involved, visit the Gig Buddies website.


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A fantastic presentation thought provoking and good questions from the floor around promoting this film/message to the general public not just professionals.
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Very good presentation, brave of the speakers to tell their stories and had a very high impact - feedback from Mate/Hate Crime presentation and video session at Safeguarding Working Together Conference
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Disability Sheffield is a forward-thinking, energetic organisation doing a lot of positive work in Sheffield. I have no doubt they will continue to do so for a long time to come.
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When I moved to Sheffield nearly five years ago it was my "go to" organisation. I expect it to stay that way. All the staff and volunteers seem to pull out little gems of effort that disabled people like me couldn't do without. Professionally and personally - I love em :)
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