Gig Buddies Sydney is an initiative of ACL Disability Services. We are a project that pairs a person with a learning disability (aged 18 and over) with a volunteer to be friends and to go to events* together.
We regularly recruit new volunteers to buddy up with a person who has a learning disability, and we are looking for volunteers from all over Sydney.
(*"events" are not just live music events...it depends on your interests!)
ABOUT Gig Buddies Sydney
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.
5 Steps to being a Gig Buddy
Wait for us to find
you a buddy
(this can take a while and is not guaranteed).
interviewed and trained as Gig Buddies Sydney volunteers.
We pair you up with
Enjoy regularly going to gigs with your buddy
Hi, we're the Soul Fly Band....
We are an advisory group of participants set up to oversee and advise the Gig Buddies Sydney project. We catch up monthly and help shape Gig Buddies Sydney going forward.
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
What is Gig Buddies?
It’s a volunteer befriending initiative for adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities and/or autism, matching them with a volunteer who shares similar interests.
Do you only support adults?
Yes – anyone 18+
Do volunteers get training?
Yes – all volunteers go through our training program (1 full day session which cover areas such as an introduction to learning disabilities, communication, safeguarding and ‘what to do if’ scenarios).
All volunteers also complete police checks and submit two personal references.
Check out our Blog for other news or subscribe to the Gig Buddies Sydney newsletter (mailing list) at the top of this page. Or call the office on (02) 9419 6951 for more info.
Keep your eye on this page as we will announce new events and Gig Buddies news here.
NDIS and Gig Buddies Sydney:
Gig Buddies can be part of an NDIS plan for every person who signs up. The standard charge is 3 hours per month which supports the programme with recruiting, vetting, matching & training volunteers to partner with a Buddy (person with a disability) build a friendship & attend live music, sport as well as any other artistic, recreational or social event.