Grassroots charity promoting the right for people with learning disabilities to have a choice about how they live their lives

About Stay Up Late – where we came from & what we believe in

About Stay Up Late - What we're campaigning for

Here's where you can find out about Stay Up Late, how we came about and what we're calling for.

About Stay Up Late

Who are we?

We're a charity that was set up to ensure that person centred planning for people with learning disabilities and autism meant that it truly reflected what an individual wanted to do in their life. In particular we were concerned that people with learning disabilities, and autism, weren't able to Stay Up Late and do the things so many people, who don't need support, take for granted.

The story of Stay Up Late in an infographic

About Stay Up Late

About Stay Up LateStay Up Late is a registered charity committed to promoting the rights of people with learning disabilities to live the lifestyle of their choosing.

Here's a series of blog posts that tells how we came about as a charity and the Stay Up Late story so far.

Part 1 - Heavy Load

Part 2 - The Heavy Load movie

Part 3 - Stay Up Late grows from campaign to a charity

Part 4 - Wild Things and Gig Buddies

What is Stay Up late about?

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. We 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.

We believe that people with learning disabilities have the right to stay up late and have some fun.

What we want

We want people with a learning disability to know they can Stay Up Late, and choose how they live their lives.

We want support workers to work different hours so that people with a learning disability can Stay Up Late, or do whatever they choose. We know that lots of support workers don’t mind working different hours, as long as they also have enough time to plan.

Download our Annual Report and Accounts here:

Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18

Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17

Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16

Annual Report and Accounts 2014-15

Annual Report and Accounts 2012-13

Annual Report and Accounts 2010-12

Gig Buddies Evaluation:

Download the evaluation report of the Gig Buddies project, Jan '13 to Dec '14 here

The Valuing People White Paper said:

"The Government’s objective is to enable people with learning disabilities to have as much choice and control as possible over their lives and the services and support they receive... A person-centred approach will be essential to deliver real change in the lives of people with learning disabilities."

That was in 2001 and updated in 2009 - it still seems that in the UK we're a long way off from delivering this vision, and that's what drives us on with our work as a charity - to ensure that people with learning disabilities are able to make real choices about the way they lead their lives.

Want to find out more?

Is there something else you want to know about Stay Up Late? Drop us a line and ask away!