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Please share your ideas on how we can improve the service, or any changes to the project that you think would help everyone involved.

for example:

Are we missing something with our engagement or the recruitment of buddies and volunteers?

Could volunteer training be improved?

Are there any events coming up that you feel we should be part of?

Are there any sporting events you feel we need to be in the crowd for?

Be bold and think BIG.

The possibilities are endless…. nothing is off limits and we will listen to all ideas.

You can share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions by clicking here.

Your ideas...

Name
Idea / Suggestion
Holly R
Outdoor cinema, silent disco, a harbour cruise, scanvenger hunt or outside like around the city A day at the zoo
Holly R
My idea would be contacting large companies, schools, councils, universities, Tafe and career advisors of high schools to help get the word out about gig buddies and I think this idea will definitely help in areas such as Western sydney and shire area and areas where the staff are struggling to find people, participants and volunteers. I think this would help get the word out about gig buddies and help participants and volunteers waiting for a long time to be paired.
Tahli
Ladies day out , could include nails , lunch , shopping, dinner
Tahli
Watch the state of origin at a local pub together
Lauren W
Lazer tag for a Gig Buddies social event
Tim A
Wants to go to new places around Sydney with Gig Buddies
Joe S
More walking socials, bowling and a 8th Birthday celebration!
Nalyn
Social event ideas: picnics, outdoor cinema, visit Central Coast as a group for the day, online cook together, paint and sip as a group, visit markets, karaoke, a GB meet and greet session for new GB buddies to meet long-standing buddies to get their insights.
Heather
More online quizzes, comedy nights, going to Vivid
Lisa
We’d love more events on the central coast. A few ideas like paint and sip. Lunch gatherings, tenpin bowling.. looking forward to 2023
Christine
Hi GigBuddies do a wonderful job training and matching volunteer and buddies. One thing I would love to see is more local engagement. We love the events that are on offer and appreciate the need for all areas access. For us there is just one thing missing and that is the opportunity to meet and mix socially with people in the local area. We would love to have a social or facebook contact for our local area so that buddies and their volunteers could arrange catch ups in the local area and also the buddies could network and possibly make some life long friends. Also what would be good would be a few speed dating nights - perhaps you could call them 'getting to know you' nights (so as not to imply a dating theme) and follow up with a sausage sizzle and some circuit games like, toss the bean bag, ball in the hoop, skittles etc? No complaints with how things are run - just a couple more suggestions. Thank you one and all x
David
It has been very dissappointing not to have been matched with an individual for over a year, despite having lots of contact with people with intellectual disability through family, friends and work. It does make me think that there needs to be more proactive advertising of what gig buddies can offer individuals , including those with a more severe intellectual disability. For example, by talking to disability providers in the area where there a unmatched volunteers. It could also be clearer what the additional benefits of having a gig buddy are, compared to say, using the person's 3 hours NSID support ( approximately $187 per month to Gig buddies in admin fees) to employ someone directly to provide this - or through an online platform such as Mabel . For example, specifying a minimum contact time per month.
Michelle
An "atlas" of venues that accept companion cards and have inclusive access ? Also access to the method of contact/contact person? When you are searching for something to do these venues would be favoured as it saves time trying to contact multiple venues trying to find somewhere to go.
Michelle
An "atlas" of venues that accept companion cards. Also maybe access to the appropriate method of contact/contact person at those venues. When you are looking for somewhere to go, these venues would be favoured as it makes it all a bit easier than trying to contact possible venues every time.
Elizabeth Gulson
Festival of the Winds at Bondi Beach to be held in September 2023. https://www.carnifest.com/festival-of-the-winds-in-bondi-beach-2023/ .
Fred Lofthouse
I think it would be a good idea if we held our group events a larger variety of places and if we encouraged participants to be friends with each other more often
Vicky
Ten pin bowling

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shai

7 November 2021, 10:06:39 pm

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My Art

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Elizabeth

31 October 2021, 10:43:27 pm

Beth's Art

My Art

My Art

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Elizabeth

31 October 2021, 10:43:19 pm

Beth's art

My Art

Did this drawing of the Statue of Liberty last Wednesday on zoom art class with gig buddies

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Kirstie

29 October 2021, 3:33:52 am

Statue of Liberty

Did this drawing of the Statue of Liberty last Wednesday on zoom art class with gig buddies

Drawing with gig buddies on zoom of the Paris Eiffel Tower

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Holly

27 October 2021, 3:16:15 am

Eiffel Tower

Drawing with gig buddies on zoom of the Paris Eiffel Tower

created with Special FX Software, such a great outlet for my creativity

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Alex

27 October 2021, 2:05:47 am

Jamming In The GigBuddy House

created with Special FX Software, such a great outlet for my creativity

I drew  the Sydney harbor bridge by following a YouTube video

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Tahli

17 October 2021, 10:32:43 pm

Sydney Harbor Bridge

I drew the Sydney harbor bridge by following a YouTube video

I discovered the joy of pouring paint art when I attended a coaster making class in 2020 and have decided to give it a try with both big and little canvas

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Rachel

13 October 2021, 3:36:00 am

Rachel's Pouring Canvas Design

I discovered the joy of pouring paint art when I attended a coaster making class in 2020 and have decided to give it a try with both big and little canvas

Helping mum make Greek meatballs and homemade pita From Anna polyviou recipe.

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Brigitte

28 September 2021, 2:28:07 am

Making Greek Meatballs and Homemade Pita!

Helping mum make Greek meatballs and homemade pita From Anna polyviou recipe.

A delicious pie I’ve made a few times for dinner

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Holly

19 September 2021, 11:33:59 pm

Chicken and Mushroom pie

A delicious pie I’ve made a few times for dinner

I made  Stuffed Cannelloni

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Tahli

13 September 2021, 12:55:48 am

Stuffed Cannelloni

I made Stuffed Cannelloni

They’re great

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JUSTIN

5 September 2021, 11:03:17 pm

Scones

They’re great

Remembering times of powering hard and sprinting to the finish line

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Heather

30 August 2021, 4:25:43 am

Running

Remembering times of powering hard and sprinting to the finish line

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carmelo

9 August 2021, 2:45:21 am

I love the ribbons.In the Rhythmic Gymnastics!

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Rebecca

4 August 2021, 4:10:06 am

Rhythmic Gymnastics

I love the ribbons.In the Rhythmic Gymnastics!

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shai

7 November 2021, 10:07:30 pm

shai de vletter-sont

My art

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Elizabeth

31 October 2021, 10:43:25 pm

Beth's art

My art

The latest in a series of paintings of 80s glam metal rock musicians.

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Marlowe

31 October 2021, 10:43:22 pm

Damage and Ten-out-of-Ten

The latest in a series of paintings of 80s glam metal rock musicians.

I really Ike this drawing of the land scape in a leaf . I it vey life like . 

I draw it my self .

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Kremer

31 October 2021, 10:43:58 pm

Land scap

I really Ike this drawing of the land scape in a leaf . I it vey life like .

I draw it my self .

Adult colouring this was in 2021

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Holly

27 October 2021, 3:16:13 am

Colouring in of shoes

Adult colouring this was in 2021

Fabulous Frida

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Ranya

25 October 2021, 2:03:32 am

Frida Kahlo

Fabulous Frida

Idk if arts or crafts is allowed in this challenge but here’s my origami that I made from my zoom in lockdown and the beaded purple letter bracelet I also made🥰

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Kirstie

15 October 2021, 4:09:18 am

Arts and crafts

Idk if arts or crafts is allowed in this challenge but here’s my origami that I made from my zoom in lockdown and the beaded purple letter bracelet I also made🥰

I painted a Christmas wooden cut out of a cute tiger with an elf hat playing in the Snow this week during lockdown

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Brianna

13 October 2021, 3:36:02 am

Christmas photo

I painted a Christmas wooden cut out of a cute tiger with an elf hat playing in the Snow this week during lockdown

Homemade Paneer Chilli Masala -  an Indian delicacy

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Bevan

21 September 2021, 6:54:59 am

Paneer Chilli Masala

Homemade Paneer Chilli Masala - an Indian delicacy

Beautiful night for a bbq

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Ricky

15 September 2021, 12:17:24 am

BBQ night

Beautiful night for a bbq

Hayes had fun cooking a curry for dinner.

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JAMES

10 September 2021, 12:10:27 am

Hayes had fun cooking a curry for dinner.

Made some super yummy protein balls that are good for you with my mum the other day🥰

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Kirstie

5 September 2021, 11:03:27 pm

Protein balls

Made some super yummy protein balls that are good for you with my mum the other day🥰

Special olympics swimming competition after collecting my ribbons.

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Holly

30 August 2021, 5:17:07 am

After coming 1st in two swimming races

Special olympics swimming competition after collecting my ribbons.

I don't think my dog-horse is very keen for this!

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Chelsea

4 August 2021, 10:50:40 pm

Equestrian

I don't think my dog-horse is very keen for this!

My art

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Elizabeth

31 October 2021, 10:43:28 pm

Beth's art

My art

My art

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Elizabeth

31 October 2021, 10:43:20 pm

Beth's art

My art

Again did this drawing of the White House with gig buddies on zoom art class last Wednesday

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Kirstie

29 October 2021, 3:33:54 am

The White House

Again did this drawing of the White House with gig buddies on zoom art class last Wednesday

An acrylic painting of birds on a wire representing friendship

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Tahli

27 October 2021, 4:25:51 am

Birds on a wire

An acrylic painting of birds on a wire representing friendship