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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.

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Your ideas...

(from Gig Buddies participants and volunteers)

Name
Idea / Suggestion
Akanksha
Friends having fun doing lots of activities to do outside and watching the cricket and or go for the wiggles concert meet them in the stadium 🏟️
Gillian
One more slogan: Sorry it’s late! Gig Great Individuals Gathering BFFs Buddies for fun
Brook
Putting fun into learning!
Brook
Who cares? We do!
Karen
1. Sharing Passions, Creating Bonds 2. Connecting Hearts, Amplifying Joy 3. Inclusivity through Shared Experiences 4. Turning Gigs into Great Memories 5. Enriching Lives, One Gig Buddy at a Time
Holly
Building a friendship to go out and have a fun together.
Blake
Hi Matthew & team Here is my submission "Unleashing possibilities, one gig at a time! Gig Buddies Sydney: Inclusive, unforgettable experiences."
Meeda
We are better together
Kim Santow
Let’s try pickleball australia as a sport As it can be played indoors or outdoors similar to squash but with fresh air
Veronica
Your social solution for social isolation Because fun is for everyone Fun comes and goes, but the friendships are for life Creating inclusive communities Solving social isolation with social celebrations
John Howard
Let's go to another expo Fully Charged For EV's Bicycle expo Or the disabled expo Sustainability Expo In talking to the people with ideas or the People that make IDEA's Happen at the Expo on top of Karoake in the new year Along with an outdoor Music concert or party human event Like the firework or sculpture by the sea
Andrew
Where you make new friends and have fun outings
Andrew Hudson-Lewis
Fun with friends never too forget
Alex
To the GigBuddies team, my slogan suggestions are ‘GigBuddies GigTastic’, GigBuddies ‘Gig-a-riffic’, or ‘GigBuddies Great Gigs For Every Occasion’
Misskie
Yeah hi it’s Kirstie here again lol not sure if u guys have done this activity event before but maybe a trip to taronga zoo would be nice for a social outing activity event or like the Sydney Australian zoo can be nice as well iv been there before at the Sydney Australian zoo it’s nice over there but I haven’t been to the throngs zoo before so that’s why I’m suggesting this I think that’s it for now Thanks Kirstie 😊
Michelle Teague
Fun for everyone.
Chris
Gig Buddies - Buddies forever, fun together!
Jenna
because friends are for everyone.
Tahli HInd
1, party hard and be included 2. put the ability in disability 3.we are all in this together
Meeda Jacobs
you've got a friend
Toyah
The best of life and friendships, for all
Chris
Gig Buddies: Where friendships flourish!
Leanne
Be a Buddie, be a Volunteer... GAIN a friend! OR Inclusive, rewarding, FUN!
Nalyn Sirivivatnanon
How are you doing? By Joe from friends, oh my god Janie from friends Smelly cat by Phoebe
Erin
Building Connections, Empowering Lives
Erin
Together we thrive: Inclusion for all
Gavin
Figure skating next to skating should both be fun As to figure skating to also do together As to next to dancing or also for those that like the idea of not just dancing but also ballet dancing or balancing activities As to also other cold sports like ice hockey
Gavin
Land-yatching is also a fun & exciting fun old classic sport to do where ever possible On a flat, dirt, sandy terrain or a tracks allowed As like most sports can be done on multiple terrain While not having to be anyway near water As can be done very far in & on dry land
Gavin
Land yachting Land yahting is great sport historical sport with a location to do it in the open. Many often dream of like go carting
Gavin
Sailing wind-sailing is fun easy & nice water sport Activity to do with another & friend. Again often available sport or activity to do . While never having to get wet or swim. Especially with others
Gavin
Paddle tennis also referred to as Pop tennis now As alternative to Pickle tennis if unavailable. To certainly try as not many are aware of the sport making it again very available to play if sorting another sport of preference . As the Pop tennis ball is both softer decompressed & smaller than the Pickleball ball Great like all variants able played in doubles with additional people
Gavin
For merchandise try a security trolley token company logo keychain for shopping At places like Aldi .As to cost less again when bought with your gig buddies logo on it . In bulk e.g base bulk numbers
Gavin
Pickleball because it is also one of the fastest growing sports in country & can be held in multiple smaller locations while easier than Tennis & other variants . While able to be played in numbers Also able to be played indoors or outdoors & is for all ages
Gavin
Ice skating or figure skating for the joint ability or activity or ability to be done with others Indoors during the hot or colder times when everyone is away e.g. holidays & is empty
Gavin
Fencing for the out of the box & safety features the sports has in place. as a great great one again Olympic park is great along with any where other locations is able to be held or done as extra activity
Gavin
Olympic park for javelin for the space & simplicity of the sport & activity
Gavin
Olympic Park for Fencing , Discus & Ice skating making it great for the size location & space for day & sports Along with many other classic or popular recreational sports events
Gavin
Sports activities at Olympic park for e.g. Fencing Javelins, Discus, Ice skating etc… Other club locations for Pickleball , Paddle tennis, Pop tennis. As Pickleball is said to be a fast growing popular sport so should be a nice & fun one to try As various possible nice locations along side nearby places with food, drinks or shade etc…
Tahli
https://www.bounceinc.com.au/team-events?fbclid=IwAR17ejhVBDOgN99ykbVe5W6L66kZbiCbke3O3ttSvFo_pkrl-yze3Xb-_aw_aem_AfZImog-u9_9iGNBPUJ_h1R0BfLVGdypzzzDJ-KFFUb4Sn_IHZQpP4k_C8bNg9WuPck This looks like great fun It’s a trampoline and activities place In Homebush.
Michael Karseboom
A Sydney kings game or Sydney swans game
Tahli
Could we go to a Sydney swans game next year
kirstie
yeah hi iv got a idea for a activity its painting but splatter paint so like paint throwing on a canvas and also smashing things like plates and stuff so in a rage room or a angry room thanks Kirstie
Gavin Mews
casual barefoot Lawn bowls Bondi Beach Ice skating Vivid Karaoke Sailing Theatre Olympic park sports e.g. javelin
Audrey
Going to see a Musical
kirstie
yeah hi its Kirstie here again and iv got a idea the idea is that we can have a little bbq and bring like a plate of food including snacks and drinks and we can have it at like a park or something and also some activites like games ball games cricket card games so basically a little picnic and also drinks as well
Gavin
Arts & crafts painting toy modelling
Gavin
repair cafe, social group event activity group garden, wood work
Gavin
speed dating, dating outing dinner
Gavin
speed dating & social dating, olympic sports, adult social tennis ,lawn bowls ,figure skating ,water sailing, ,land sailing, darts , javelin, discus, table tennis,squash, air hockey, table figurine football, karaoke ,group swimming,group gym pilates ,zoom group recorder music lessons sessions,social groups , clay work, arm and leg cycling on three or more wheels
Holly
an event with clay at a discounted price if its possible
Gavin
speed dating at a restaurant or social event
Gavin
Group sport Fishing near the coast a cafe club or restaurant
Gavin
As activity event Going to a modern contemporary theatre play not referring to musical
Gavin
Dance social event to. attend & meet people friends food & drinks https://dfasalsa.eventbrite.com.au/ dance for abilities annual sponsored part funded event
Gavin
Dancing social event with food & drinks along with a place to meet friends etc https://dfasalsa.eventbrite.com.au/
Gavin
My suggestion for another group or social event to possibly attend to would be iceskating along with figure skating possibly while at the McQuarrie iceskating ring if it is not located at the Olympic Park as it can be a very fun and very healthy one to do and it can be a good one to do also with joint people it’s just like bicycling you don’t forget how to do it when you get back on the iceskating ring after a couple of minutes if it’s been a very long time yes you still remember how to always do it correctly after a few minutes
Gavin
barefoot lawn bowls, Bondi Beach lawn bowls club, the club and as a sport to do as in casual form event
kirstie
yeah hi its kirstie here iv got a idea for a activity its laser tag and mini golf putt putt at strike bowling thanks
Nalyn Sirivivatnanon
Who do you go for NRL, Afl and netball. Can you please do the chat when I am free please
Gavin
social board games event with dinner
Gavin
speed dating social event
Gavin
barefoot lawnbowls ,or ice skating karaoke,trivia ,open speaker microphone pub
Kirstie
Yeah hi it’s Kirstie here again so u know how u guys did the grease sing a long karaoke thing at parramatta right yeah well we should do that again because it was fun but with a different movie musical this time I was thinking about mamma Mia that one is a good movie musical and I think we’ll have it at the same place in parramatta or at a different place
Alexander Elliott
Don't come out of the NDIS! Can you have a free option! I was enjoying you but since you changed financial operations to the NDIS, which I'm not on, I can't do any Gig Buddies.
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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27 October 2021 at 4:25:51 am

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17 October 2021 at 10:32:14 pm

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Dina

15 October 2021 at 12:07:29 am

In lock down

When I was bored I just did my own drawings from YouTube

I made this artwork with my support worker using recycled materials.
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13 October 2021 at 1:13:50 am

Hope

I made this artwork with my support worker using recycled materials.
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19 September 2021 at 11:33:58 pm

Spinach and cheese puffs

I made these on Friday using fresh spinach and garlic and cheese

What we eat every Friday night

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13 September 2021 at 12:55:41 am

Challah

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My Gig Buddy, Bosh, loves my lassagne.  I have some in the freezer for him!

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6 September 2021 at 6:15:40 am

Lassagne

My Gig Buddy, Bosh, loves my lassagne. I have some in the freezer for him!

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2 September 2021 at 10:15:13 pm

Rocky road

Cooking delicious rocky road

i like Australia winning because they got the bronze medal

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18 August 2021 at 12:50:30 am

the video is good because i like it

i like Australia winning because they got the bronze medal

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Statue of Liberty

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Holly

27 October 2021 at 3:16:15 am

Eiffel Tower

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

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27 October 2021 at 2:05:47 am

Jamming In The GigBuddy House

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Sydney Harbor Bridge

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13 October 2021 at 3:36:00 am

Rachel's Pouring Canvas Design

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Making Greek Meatballs and Homemade Pita!

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Chicken and Mushroom pie

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I made  Stuffed Cannelloni

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13 September 2021 at 12:55:48 am

Stuffed Cannelloni

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5 September 2021 at 11:03:17 pm

Scones

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30 August 2021 at 4:25:43 am

Running

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9 August 2021 at 2:45:21 am

I love the ribbons.In the Rhythmic Gymnastics!

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Rhythmic Gymnastics

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28 exhibitions shai make history art exhibition since 2010

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Christmas photo

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After coming 1st in two swimming races

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