Volunteering doesn't stop at 5pm! Gig Buddies is Mencap's exciting new befriending scheme for adults with a learning disability to access evening and nightlife activities.
In this role:
You will be buddying up with an adult who has a learning disability to take part in enjoying attending evening and night life events together
You will choose events with your buddy that you would both like to attend
You will be able to commit to a day of training, and then to meet up with your buddy twice a month for a year
You will be willing to travel to different venues to enjoy nightlife events together and choose different social outings based on your shared interests
You will be ensuring that your buddy is enabled to live an active social life and make their own choices about how they spend their social time
Gig Buddies is a volunteer befriending scheme for adults with a learning disability, matching them with a volunteer who shares the same interests. Gig Buddies recognises that many people with learning disabilities don’t have many people in their lives who aren’t paid to be there, many opportunities to access evening or night life activities or much support that is based around a genuine shared interest.
Gig Buddies was born out of the music scene in Brighton by the Charity Stay Up Late, but has evolved to be more than just about access to live music; Gig Buddies pairs can decide what their ‘Gig’ is and seek out opportunities to go to the pub, cinema, theatre or club night in the area.
The aim of the project is therefore to support people to develop new social circles and informal support networks. The act of volunteering while you’re doing something you already enjoy also makes the act of volunteering easier, more sustainable and for both parties is based on having fun and making friends.
What you can expect: