Social Care Institute for Excellence recently shared a story in their newsletter about Stay Up Late and Gig Buddies, which are two schemes that help people with learning disabilities to overcome barriers to going out in the evenings.

Based across three Sussex local governments, Stay Up Late run Gig Buddies which aims to help adults with learning disabilities and/or autism to overcome barriers to getting out in the evenings.

It’s a fantastic initiative and you can read more information on the charity and how it can help adults with learning disabilities to increase their support network and engage with the wider community here, or visit their website here.

Could your service replicate this offer in Hertfordshire? Here at HCPA we are always looking for innovative projects which might offer business opportunities and enrich the lives of the people we support in Hertfordshire. Please let HCPA know if you have a service others may want to use by emailing