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People with learning disabilities have as much of a right to go out to socialise, party and have a good night out as the rest of us. Yet there are longstanding and pervasive boundaries that stop this from happening. Or at least makes it far more difficult than it should be.

At Gig Buddies and Club Soda we are continually fighting these barriers to try to create an accessible and inclusive social scene in Croydon. However, there is only so much we can do without systemic change in local venues and organisations. Adjustments need to happen across the board. It should not be left down to projects like ours or people with learning disabilities having to advocate for themselves.

On November 25th 2021 we invited local learning disability organisations, local venues and representatives from Croydon Council to get to the bottom of what needs to be done to shake up the status quo in Croydon’s social scene.

We asked the question:

How can we make Croydon's Social Scene truly accessible?

The sessions put forward by the group were:

  • What places are good at accessibility? What can entertainment venues adopt and learn from them?
  • Can accessibility be a priority for developers?
  • Why does it feel like the big mainstream venues don’t care?
  • What feels like enough info to be welcoming but not too much it feels overwhelming?
  • How do you get the word about Gig Buddies to the right people? For example male volunteers and people who live in residential homes
  • How can organisational structures take into account everyone's access needs?
  • Why can't I go clubbing during the day?
  • How to encourage places of worship to be inclusive social spheres.
  • Who’s responsible - do they know?
  • Reasonable adjustments.
  • How can we support the residential homes /care staff to stay up late?
  • Stability! Space and money.

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