Welcome to Gig Buddies Sydney

What is Gig Buddies?

There are two main parts to the Gig Buddies project

1. Buddying

Building a one-on-one friendship between a participant and volunteer,

 

2. Events/Socials

Group social events run by the Gig Buddies team.

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Who is it for?

A Gig Buddies participant is an adult with mild to moderate learning disability and/or autism, who wants to make new friends and go to events.

A Gig Buddies volunteer is someone who wants to expand their social circles, make friends and go to events.

Buddying

How "Buddying" works

The Gig Buddies team matches and pairs a volunteer and an adult with a mild to moderate learning disability and/or autism. 

Buddies are paired based on mutual interests - such as music tastes, sport and hobbies - and other factors such as location and age.
 

Once paired, buddies go out together once a month for a year (or longer). 

Click here for FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions.

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What is a "gig" ?

A "gig" is whatever you want it to be.

Traditionally, a gig is a live music event, but for gig buddies it can be...

 

opera, theatre, musical theatre, sport, bushwalking, bowling, movies, having dinner, playing pool, surfing, food markets, go cart racing, horse riding, dancing, video games, train spotting, mini golf etc...

Buddied-up participants and volunteers choose the "gigs" they both want to go to together.

Click here for FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions.

Get involved...

Buddying - image of two people having fun - if you have a disability and want to do fun stuff with a volunteer
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Volunyteering image for Gig Buddies. Be a volunteer and go to Gigs with an adult with a disability
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The Soul Fly Band
(Gig Buddies' user-led advisory team)

We are an advisory group of participants set up to oversee and advise the Gig Buddies project. We catch up monthly and help shape the Gig Buddies project going forward.

Click here to visit our page.

Gig Buddies and the NDIS

The standard monthly charge to support the project is 3 hours per month from Core Support or Capacity Building.
The charge covers; recruiting, vetting, matching & training volunteers to partner with participants to build friendships & attend live music, sport and other events.
The monthly charge also includes access* to the many Gig Buddies hosted online and live activities and events.
(*some events have additional charges)

find out more about NDIS here.

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Testimonials

Chris - Volunteer
Chris - Volunteer

It’s been such a special, fulfilling time. Meeting Kieran has bettered me as a person and I learn things from him all the time. We have a lot of fun and it is drama free. Very refreshing when compared to other relationships/areas of life.

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Lauren - Participant
Lauren - Participant

I love being with Maddie. It's been so much fun

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Scott – Participant
Scott – Participant

I really love Charlie. I consider him like a bro. He is just the most wonderful fella ever.

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