If you like the idea of helping someone do the kind of leisure activities you enjoy then you could think about volunteering for the Gig Buddies organisation.
Donating a little of your time could enable someone with learning disabilities to do the things they love, as volunteers are needed across Sussex, including Hastings, Eastbourne, Uckfield, Lewes, Chichester, Worthing, and Brighton and Hove.
What is a gig buddy?
Being a gig buddy means going to an event with someone with a learning disability at least twice each month.
Do you have what it takes?
You don’t need any skills or experience, but you will need to:
Be able to assist someone with a learning disability in making decisions about the sort of events they would like to attend.
Give up a day for training and be able to make a meeting twice each month with a person you are matched with.
Be kind and friendly and have a good sense of humour.
Commit to getting to know someone and build up a good relationship with them, all based on your shared interests and a mutual respect.
Be an advocate of the Stay Up Late initiative aimed at ensuring that those with learning disabilities can enjoy an active social life and be able to make decisions about the way in which they live. Read more about the Stay Up Late charity at https://stayuplate.org/.
Be reliable and proactive, as you must organise things so that you and your buddy can attend the gigs you want.
Be able to commit to being a gig buddy for a minimum of a year in order to be able to get to know your match and be willing to undergo a DBS check, which can be carried out by a company such as carecheck.co.uk.
Volunteering for Gig Buddies
To volunteer for Gig Buddies you just fill in an application form. If no buddies are required in your area at the time, then your details will be kept on file.
If you’re successful with your initial application, you will have an informal interview with a project worker and then undergo your DBS check and training.
In the meantime, you will be matched as a buddy and will then be introduced to the individual and, possibly, their family, carers, friends, or support workers.