Written for Gig Buddies Hull & East Yorkshire, 31/03/2020
Gig Buddies Hull and East Riding is finding new ways of bringing young people both with and without a learning disability together, to tackle stigma and loneliness during these challenging times as the country goes into lock down.
The Gig Buddies movement was started by Stay Up Late in Brighton and is delivered by the UK’s learning disability charity Mencap in Hull and East Riding as well as other locations.
Gig Buddies Hull and East Riding, a befriending project for young adults with a learning disability, launched last summer, and now has an active membership of buddies who are matched based on shared interests including trips to music gigs, theatre shows and more. The project is funded by the Co-op Foundation, and its aim is to reduce loneliness and isolation for young people with a learning disability and tackle stigma.