Joseph’s thoughts on Autism and Gig Buddies

Posted 01/04/2021

It's World Autism Awareness Week and Joseph wanted to share his thoughts on Autism and Gig Buddies with Thera Trust.

Gig Buddies enables adults with a learning disability to live an active social life. They do this by pairing members to like minded volunteers to enjoy their shared passion together. Gig Buddies also work with a wide range of venues and arts organisations to make local events more welcoming for people with a learning disability.

Gig Buddies with Thera Trust currently operate in EdinburghWest Lothian, and Glasgow.

“My main experience has been fantastic, I really like Gig buddies, I think it’s a brilliant organisation. You get to meet up with your volunteer, get out and have a good time. You make friends as well, you stick together, I love it and I’m glad that I’m a part of it.

The barriers I face are mainly crowds. I find crowds really difficult. You know when you’re at the disco and it’s dark and you don’t know who’s around you, you need to be careful in some places. A lot of autistic people are nervous to go out because the clubs and pubs are crowded. I feel that Gig Buddies help in removing these barriers. We all know each other, we have each other’s numbers, it’s secure and people are looking out for you. Fringing 9-5 was amazing, I loved it.

I’ve been whatsapping my buddy this year, it’s been different but good. When things open up again, I’m looking forward to going to a club with my buddy. I could say loads of good things about Gig Buddies, I think they’re lovely people!”

Joseph, Gig Buddies Edinburgh Member

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