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What’s important to you? The right to have a drink and a dance? To stay out late -- catching up with old friends and making new ones? We take these things for granted, but, for someone with a learning disability, going out and ‘being just like everyone else’ is life changing. So many people with learning disabilities tell us they feel excluded from mainstream venues. Some of them have been discriminated against, and don’t feel safe. For others it’s a lack of accessibility that’s the problem. Bubble Club isn’t a day centre or a disco. It’s a vibrant, creative, fun, funky night club run by and for people with learning disabilities and those without. People with learning disabilities have the right to expect more than just food on the table and a safe place to live. They deserve the chance to spend their time with friends! But without government funding our brilliant Bubble Club community is under threat.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Our team are passionate about partying, creativity and equality. We’re standing up for talent and diversity. For DJs who pack the dance floor. For flirting, friendship, and late night laughter. And we’re not just a club night. The exciting new phase of the project will match up members with people from the media and creative industries to develop even more training opportunities, as well as a platform to share their stories and spread the word. In the face of devastating cuts to local authority budgets, support for the Bubble Club is needed more than ever. It’s a difficult time but we won’t give up, because we know what we do is really important and we have seen its impact first hand. With your help we can do more than put on a club night. We can make magic happen. So join us in keeping London OPEN for people with learning disabilities. ACT NOW and #Backthebubble.
Steps to get it done:
We have a great selection of Bubble Club rewards available as an incentive to pledge generously! Please see visit www.bubbleclub.org/rewards! Guardian article about the Bubble Club: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/31/bubble-club-social-network-people-with-learning-disabilities Statistics from Mencap on loneliness for people with learning disabilities: https://www.mencap.org.uk/learning-disability-explained/research-and-statistics/friendships Adult Social Care Figures from Adass: https://www.adass.org.uk/media/6434/adass-budget-survey-report-2018.pdf "The things that get chopped off are things around having social lives. But we believe having a good social network and being part of your community are crucially important." – Paul Richards, Stay Up Late “I’ve made good friends here, old and new. It’s the biggest social network you can get for someone with a learning disability like me,” – Samantha, BC Trustee
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