WHO WE ARE
Living It Up Events has been running since 2009. Originally a community group , it became Community Interest Company in 2016. LIU was first set up to promote Mencap’s ’Stay Up Late’ national campaign. This campaign was to promote the rights of people with a learning disability to stay up late and have fun.
Living It Up Events is run by Claire Crawford-Smith and Fizz Hesseltine.
Living it Up has a team of 5 Directors one of whom is one of our members. We also have recently recruited some of our members to join our committee to make decisions about the project.
Living it up could not run without the support of our volunteers, students, venues, other organisations and donations.
More about Stay Up Late.
Going out to see bands, clubbing, or seeing friends is part of everyday life for lots of people. However, if you have a learning disability you may need support to do this. Stay Up Late charity have found that lots of people with learning disabilities aren’t able to lead full and active social lives because their support workers finish at 10pm. Meaning lots of people with learning disabilities leave events at 9pm.
They believe that people with learning disabilities have the right to stay up late and have some fun.
They want people with a learning disability to know they can Stay Up Late, and choose how they live their lives.
They want support workers to work different hours so that people with a learning disability can Stay Up Late, or do whatever they choose. They know that lots of support workers don’t mind working different hours, as long as they also have enough time to plan.
WHAT WE OFFER
Living It Up Events
Currently we hold events in Bedford every few months for people with a learning disability or other disability. Members are able to meet friends and experience a club or pub setting in a safe environment. We have hundreds of members and the events are fabulous fun.
Living It Up Performing Arts Centre
Living It Up Performing Arts Centre is an educational day time opportunity for adults with a learning disability or autism to learn and showcase performing and creative arts. Our experts teach sessions on musical instruments, singing, drama, dance, radio presenting, song writing, podcasting, film editing and art.
Living It Up Gr8 Mates is a new friendship and dating project which has been funded by the National Lottery. We will hold events to support people to make new friends and possibly a boyfriend or girlfriend. See the flyer for more details and if you would like more information please get in contact.
Thanks to the Harpur Trust we have started a new project called Gig Buddies. Gig Buddies supports people with a learning disability or autism to be partnered with one of our trained, DBS checked, volunteers who will go out socially every month to do an activity which is enjoyed by both people. It's not just about going to gigs but could be going to watch a football match, playing pool or going bowling. Please contact us if you would like more information on how to volunteer or apply to have a gig buddy. Gig Buddies Bedford is part of a world wide Gig Buddy franchise set up by Stay Up Late.