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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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GIG BUDDIES SYDNEY

PAIRING ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITY WITH VOLUNTEERS SINCE 2015
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 have the right to stay up late and have some fun.

 

We want people with a learning disability to know they can stay up late, and choose how they live their lives.

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 Venue:  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

Harri Oliver
NDIS Coordinator (outgoing)

Favourite Music:  DnB, Funk, Disco - anything you can dance to! 
Favourite Venue: Lions Den at Boomtown Festival
Favourite artist:  Dutty Moonshine Big Band
First live music experience:  Glastonbury Festival aged 5.
What is the best band you have seen:  Dutty Moonshine OR Tower of Power at The  Roundhouse, in London. 

Chelsea Deeley
NDIS Coordinator (incoming)

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.

 

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