Bubble Club describes itself as a “super fun and inclusive club night that is safe and hosts some of London’s most fantastic performers”. It has been running for 13 years, and provides an opportunity for people with a learning disability to enjoy a night out. The club is also inclusive for people with other disabilities, autism, and people without.
Although Hugo Fergusson coordinates the event, he is clear that team members with learning disabilities are “in creative control”. This is part of a longer-term strategy that helps to build the creative, business and event-planning skills of people with learning disabilities. The skills and experience gained by team members with learning disabilities “can then be helpful for personal confidence and opening up opportunities for potential conventional employment”.
The organisers ensure the night is accessible in every way, from easy-to-read menus to a carefully curated line-up.Talking to attendees about what the night means to them, for many the answer is the same: friendship.
Bubble Club is appreciated by people with learning disabilities for giving them the opportunity to enjoy an adult event, at night, in a club. Support providers say this is a rarity for many people with learning disabilities, whose social interactions are often at organised events in day centres.