What We Do

Gig Buddies matches adults with learning disabilities to volunteers who have similar interests, to go to events together that they both love.

Whatever your “gig” be it music, art, sports or something else; volunteers attend events that they might already be going to, but with a new friend who has a learning disability.

This is a project for people who live in Croydon.

Why We Do It

Gig Buddies makes sure that people with learning disabilities don’t miss out on a social life by enabling people to make friends with people who have a similar interest to them. 

Gig Buddies is about empowering people, building friendships and giving people choice about what they do with their own lives.

The project grew out of Sussex charity Stay Up Late and has expanded across the UK. Club Soda is currently the only organisation in London running Gig Buddies!

What People Say

“The project has given my daughter an opportunity to meet and mix with people her own age. She has confidence to go out in the evenings and it has enabled her to do age-appropriate activities.”

Mother of Gig Buddy Participant

“This is a great project which makes a real difference to lives. It is important that Croydon is inclusive and accessible for everyone in our community. Gig Buddies goes right to the heart of this.”

Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport

Who We Are

Gig Buddies Croydon is run by Club Soda – a charity based in Croydon creating arts opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Find out more about Club Soda!