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Gig Buddies Calderdale

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The Gig Buddies Calderdale project is now in its third year. The project aims to promote social inclusion among people who have a learning disability.

The scheme aims to reduce the barriers faced by people with a learning disability in relation to accessing social activities. These have been identified as attending the theatre, cinema, live music and anything else that a person may wish to engage with in their leisure time.

Our scheme aims to match volunteers who will be referred to as ‘Gig Buddies’ with people who have a learning disability; our ‘Gig Goers’ based upon shared interests. Our aim is to create opportunities for people to meet and forge friendships based upon shared interests. Our idea is that we will match buddies with people and arrange introductions before supporting them to their first 'gig'; whatever this may be. We would then leave the pair to meet once a month to meet up independently and make arrangements to attend other events.

We also organise group socials for people who are part of the project to meet even more people and socialise twice a month. We put out suggestions to the group and go with the majority.

The initiative is now funded by The Henry Smith Charity and Adult Health and Social Care (Calderdale) and is being delivered in partnership with Square Chapel Arts Centre and the Brighton based charity Stay Up Late.

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