Hi readers

It’s me, William. This week I want to talk about the Big Night Out. What’s that, you might ask?

Well, it’s a nightclubbing event for people with learning disabilities in Bournemouth. People come from all over Dorset, and further afield, to dance the night away in Cameo Nightclub.

And I tell you what, it’s really popular! The Big Night Out happens twice a year, and is organised by a few charities and arts organisations across Dorset, thanks to sponsorship from Suttle Stone Quarries.

One of the best things for me, is that it’s really easy to get there by train. The funding from Suttles helps People First Dorset support me and my friends to get there easily by train, and from the train station up to the nightclub. Last time when we arrived, people were so keen to get in, they were queuing all the way down the street as they waited for the doors to open.

The actual nightclubbing is fantastic and the atmosphere is electric. I especially like meeting new people, spending the whole night dancing, and the fact that it’s a real nightclubbing experience – loud and popular music (all the DJ’s have a learning disability), brilliant lights (but no strobe), lots of bars and a cool chill out zone. We even have bouncers on the door to keep us safe!

I really look forward to each one, and with the next one coming up soon, all I hope is that I don’t have to work the following day as it’s such a late night.

I’d like to say thank you to all the people who make these nightclubbing events happen, especially Suttles. Without all their hard work, I would never get the chance to go to a nightclub, have so much fun and feel safe.

Adam and William are supported in their editing by The Friendship Club– a project for adults with learning disabilities, run by People First Dorset.