Stay Up Late
About the campaign
Who are we?
We are a punk band called Heavy Load. We are made up of musicians with and without learning disabilities.
What is our campaign about?
Lots of people come to our gigs. But they cannot stay out late to watch us. They have to go home early because their staff finish work at 10pm.
Heavy Load are fed up with this! We think people with a learning disability have the right to stay up late and have some fun.
We want do something about this - and you can help us!
What we want
We want people with a learning disability to know they can stay up late.
We want support workers to work different hours so that people with a learning disability can Stay Up Late. We know support workers do not mind working different hours, as long as they have enough time to plan.
Rotas need to be about what WE want. What do YOU want?
The Valuing People White Paper says:
'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.'
Heavy Load says:
We want to stay up late
We want to have some fun!
There are many ways that you could get involved with the campaign, here are some suggestions:
Support the Campaign
Contact us with your stories and photos which we'll add to the website.
Talk to your staff and tell them when you'd like to go out later or do something different.
And if you are staff talk about the issue in your teams and think about how you can support people to do enjoy live music and go clubbing.
Make your voice heard
You can contact Mencap and send your thoughts to the Director of Adult Social Services where you live.
Take Action now by clicking here
Start your own Stay Up Late night
You can stage your own night or even just go out with your mates in the name of Stay Up Late.
We've also created the Stay Up Late party box which contains everything you need - banner, t-shirts, balloons, badges, t-shirts, logos and a press release so you can publicise your own event. Please contact us for more details.
Use the Stay Up Late logo
Feel free to ask us for the logo and we'll send you a variety of different versions for you to use.
Become a Supporter
Please email us and tell us what you're up to, or not, as the case may be. We'll keep you up to date with what's going on.
Got a good idea?
If you think there's something else we can do, or you know someone who can help spread the word, let us know.