About Us

ABOUT US

Gig Buddies Sydney is an initiative of ACL Disability Services which is a registered Not For Profit organisation committed to promoting the rights of people with learning disabilities to live the lifestyle of their choosing.

 

Going out to see bands, clubbing, or seeing friends is part of everyday life for many people. However, if you have a learning disability you may need support to do this. We have found many people with learning disabilities aren’t able to lead full and active social lives because their support workers finish at 10pm and therefore need to leave events at 9pm.

We believe that people with learning disabilities in Sydney have the right to stay up late, meet new people, go to events and have some fun.

meet the team

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the 5 Steps (to being a Gig Buddy)

 
 
Meet The Team
Carol Smail
CEO

Favourite Music:  Trip Hop, Acoustic Folk

Favourite Venue:  The Royal Albert Hall

Favourite artist:  Everything but the Girl

First live music experience:  At school in New Zealand I saw a band called The Fourmyula

What is the best band you have seen:  Paul Simon - Graceland tour / Carlos Santana - Abraxas tour

Matthew Collins
Community Engagement Coordinator

Favourite Music:  House, Electronica, Indie, Jazz

Favourite Venue:  Timbuk2, Bristol

Favourite band:  Ame

First live music experience:  Carl Cox playing in a grungy warehouse in Exeter

What is the best band you have seen:  Underworld, during my first ever festival (Creamfields, UK) was pretty special

Rebecca McIntosh
Participant and Volunteer Support

Favourite Music: Pop , Rock and Electronic Dance

Favourite Venue:  The Enmore , The Boiler room from Big Day Out back in the day

Favourite artist:  Above and Beyond, Pink, The XX ,Queen and Linkin Park 
First live music experience: When I was very young ...Girlfriend at the Sydney Entertainment Centre they were the  Australian version of the Spice Girls. 

What is the best band you have seen: The Rolling Stones at Sydney Olympic Stadium

Tony Giles
Funding and Sponsorship Coordinator

Favourite Music:  Alt rock, Americana, Blues, Indie, Aussie

Favourite Venues:  Thebarton Theatre (Adelaide), Enmore (Sydney)

Favourite band:  Car Seat Headrest

First live music experience:  Midnight Oil at the Apollo Stadium 

What is the best band you have seen:  Blur/Feist

Chelsea Deeley
NDIS Coordinator

Favourite Music:  A bit of everything – but at the moment I’m big on soul, jazz, world, and alt-rock

Favourite Venue: The Tote (Melbourne) or The Vanguard (Sydney)

Favourite artist: At the moment – 30/70 Collective

First live music experience: Madness at the Birmingham NEC.

What is the best band you have seen: Paul McCartney at QUDOS Arena in Sydney, but Underoath at Enmore Theatre playing their first two albums in full was also pretty great.

 

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

Can you provide a volunteer for a one-off gig?


No. Gig Buddies Sydney is all about developing longterm friendships and expanding an individual’s social circles. Therefore, our matched buddies and volunteers are encouraged to catch up for a gig or event at least once a month.




Who decides on the buddy?


The team at Gig Buddies Sydney interviews everyone who gets involved in the project. This enables us to make an informed decision about who to match with who. Music tastes, hobbies, personal interests, age, gender and locality are just some of the factors we take into consideration when matching buddies with volunteers.




You’ve found me a buddy... what happens next?


The participant and volunteer will then be introduced to each other, after which a staff member from the Gig Buddies Sydney team will join them on their first gig. Participants and volunteers are also offered ongoing support and advice from the Gig Buddies Sydney team.




What if the pairing doesn’t work out?


That’s totally fine. If it doesn’t work out we’ll offer support to see if there’s something we can do - and that may include finding a new buddy.





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CONTACT US

 

ACL Disability Services

125 Blues Point Road

McMahons Point

NSW, 2060

 

02 9419 6951

info@gigbuddiessydney.org

ABN 60114099928

NDIS Reg No 4050003928

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