Ambassador for the charity Stay Up Late
Stay Up Late is a charity that works to ensure adults with a learning disability and/or autism are able to lead full and active social lives. We do this in two main ways. Firstly, through our campaigning work to ensure social care provision is flexible enough to meet people’s support needs and, secondly, through our Gig Buddies project which matches up a participant with a learning disability with a volunteer. To mark ten years of Stay Up Late, one of the charity’s Ambassadors Jason O’Neill came up with the idea of an art project celebrating the charity’s work and what it means to people.
Jason: “The idea for the art project came from a dream. I decided to make it a reality and got to work on it as a way to help Stay Up Late celebrate its tenth birthday. I loved seeing people’s colouring and drawing and also finding out what they like about Stay up Late and why it’s important to them. Stay Up Late is important to me because I think we need to help people with a disability or a learning disability to stay up late and go to gigs. For example, going to a pub or a music concert to have fun, just like other people do. People with a disability or learning disability should have a chance to be more independent and have extra support if they need it and be valued for who they are.”