Joseph’s thoughts on Autism and Gig Buddies

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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