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DISCUSSION: How can we make Croydon’s social scene truly accessible?


Devoted & Disgruntled Satellite: w/ Club Soda, Gig Buddies

Each year Drunken Chorus invite Improbable to run a Devoted & Disgruntled Satellite event as part of A Bit Of A Do festival. This year they have asked local organisations Club Soda and Gig Buddies to host the event and set the agenda.

How can we make Croydon’s social scene truly accessible?

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.

We invite you to our Devoted & Disgruntled event to get to the bottom of what needs to be done to shake up the status quo in Croydon’s social scene. This event will be a safe space to learn from others’ experiences, expose the exclusion in our community and discuss the action that needs to and can be taken.

This is a live discussion event. When you arrive, you will begin by sitting in a circle. People in the group will have the chance to select topics for discussion. During the rest of the session you can choose where to move and to sit in smaller groups around the room to discuss some of these topics. At the end the different groups will come back together in one circle and tell the group what they discussed. To find out more about how Open Space events work, watch the video below.

There will be at least two British Sign Language interpreters at this event.

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