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10 days to go

Our 8th birthday is fast approaching - and tickets are flying out the door.

We invite buddies to join us next Thursday (11/5) at The Barrie in Chippendale.

To celebrate turning eight we're taking a trip back in time - to the 1920s. Come dressed for the occasion (fancy dress is entirely optional; for costume ideas load up the ticket link below).

Whether you’re based in Sydney or on the Central Coast, we invite you dust off those dancing shoes and party with us.

Our 8th birthday party runs from 7 - 10pm and tickets cost $35 per person (food and live music included).

For more information about our birthday party at The Barrie, including how to purchase your ticket, click here.


Winners are grinners

And if you’re looking for another reason why you should join us at The Barrie, we’ll be giving away door prizes to three lucky attendees.

Everyone who join us at our birthday bash will be given a raffle ticket upon entry.

As for the prizes….? You can find this out on the night.


Meet and greet

And as revealed last time, joining us for our birthday party is Gig Buddies creator, Paul Richards.

As many of you would know, Paul started the Gig Buddies project in Brighton back in 2013. It has since been replicated throughout the UK, as well as branching out on the Central Coast.

We’re honoured to have Paul’s company for the night. If you would like to meet the founder of Gig Buddies, reserve your place to our 8th.


Are you looking to volunteer?

We need volunteers! Click on the image above for current Sydney roles and the graphic below for opportunities on the Central Coast.

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact us via Facebook or email:


More in May

As for the rest of this month, tickets are still available to our two other social gatherings.

First up, we invite you to connect with us in Miranda for a bite to eat at The Bavarian. And later in the month we head to Gosford for Central Coast’s Comicon.

To sign up for our additional May outings, load up the links below.


Viva Vivid Sydney

WARNING: the offer of discounted tickets to five top events taking place at this year’s Vivid Festival ends soon.

Thanks to the generosity of event organisers, we invite you to join us at Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House, as part of Vivid Sydney for the following five events:

For more information about each event, including how to reserve your place, load up the links above.

All tickets are $20 each, and a Gig Buddies staff member will also be in attendance at each gathering.

Vivid Festival runs from May 26 to June 17. To find out more about other gigs they’re bringing to Sydney, click here.

We thank Vivid Festival and the Sydney Opera House for their ongoing support.


“A festival for readers, writers and thinkers”

On the subject of gigs, our friends from Sydney Writers’ Festival have been in touch.

They’re generously offering SIX complimentary tickets to the following shows:

- Admissions: Sunday 28 May, 4pm @ Carriageworks

- André Dao & Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai: Friday 26 May, 2pm @ Carriageworks

- Daniel Lavery: Dear Prudence and more: Friday 26 May, 5.45pm @ Carriageworks

- In Conversation: Anthony Joseph: Friday 26 May, 10am @ Carriageworks

- Storytelling Gala: Letters to the Future: Thursday 25 May, 8:00pm @ Sydney Town Hall

- The Rhythm of the Word: Friday 26 May 26, 7:30pm @ Carriageworks

For more information about each event, load up the links above. And to secure your free tickets, get in touch with us via email, or Facebook Messenger.

The Sydney Writers’ Festival takes place between 22 - 28 May. To see what other events they’re hosting throughout Sydney and beyond, load up the following link.

We thank Sydney Writers’ Festival for their generosity.


Social butterflies

As for the socials we've facilitated, we’ve crammed in FOUR since our last update.

Firstly, we caught up with buddies in Surry Hills for our first ever ‘over 40s’ gathering. This was followed with a trip to Newtown for musical bingo at the Marly.

As for the Saturday just gone, during the day you would have found us in Parramatta and the Timezone arcades, while in the evening we took over Waitara Magpies - dancing the night away to Jellybean Jam.

It was wonderful to catch up with so many of you. To see more photos from our recent outings, click here.


Each and every week we invite buddies to connect with us for our weekly chat.

Our chats take place via Zoom. To attend get in touch via text: 0422 061 990 or Facebook Messenger.


Two up

We’ve also been busy on the pairing and training front.

Since you last heard from us we’ve matched up the following: Tom and Alana (left, L - R) and Bridie and Georgia (right, L - R).


Prepped and ready to go

We’d also like to welcome our newly trained volunteers.

Thanks to Veronica (top left), Sonia (top right), Magali (centre), Lincoln (bottom left), Daniel (bottom right) and Kelsea (not pictured) for joining us on Zoom recently.


“I also went to the Slipknot Museum…”

Every month we bring you news and views from those who make up our user-led team, Soul Fly Buddies.

This time it’s the turn of Stavros, who shares a summation from his time at the recent Knotfest festival.

“Hi there,

I want to share my experience of going to Knotfest at Sydney’s Centennial Park on the March 25.

I met up with Rodrigo (my buddy), his friends plus other gig buddies, Michelle and Marlowe.

Before that I went to Utopia Records to try and get my Megadeth CD signed by Dave Mustaine. When I got there I was told by a good friend that you have to buy the new album from the store, you cannot bring the CD from somewhere else. This is a silly way to treat your fans and I didn’t get my CD signed.

After that I caught the light rail to Moore Park; the event was headlined by Slipknot, Parkway Drive, Trivium, Megadeth, Amon Amarth, plus many more.

During the gig I had dinner and drinks, and watched all metal bands that were there with Rodrigo and his mates.

I also went to the Slipknot Museum that they brought out to the festival. They displayed all their memorabilia from all their past and present shows, along with sharing video clips of the band in action.

I love Corey Taylor! He’s a great singer, and Slipknot are one of the best metal bands to date. I had a fantastic time - it was a great afternoon and night.”

- Stavros, Soul Fly Buddies


Healthy relationships

The team from Relationships NSW are offering a free ‘Healthy Relationships’ course for “people living, loving and relating with a disability in NSW”.

Taken from their website, “relationships impact so much of our lives, including our mental health and well-being. This course empowers and equips people with disabilities with skills to develop and maintain positive social connections.”

To find out more about the course, including how to sign up, click here.


Support worker needed

Our parent company, ACL Disability Services, is looking for a disability support worker.

Working in a small team, the position is based around a fortnightly roster, which includes some sleepover shifts. They’re looking to hire a permanent part time support worker (up to 76 hours a fortnight) in their Chatswood group home.

Working with 5 adults with mild to moderate learning disability and autism, the position entails assistance with daily living skills and some personal care - as well as community access through a variety of social opportunities. A driving license is essential.

Other duties include assisting residents to attend medical and other appointments.

While some experience in the disability or allied sector is an advantage, this is not essential. Rather, they are looking for a person who will be the right fit for their clients and staff.

As a small organisation ACL offer a high level of support in the position, as well as paid training.

If you think this is a fit for you or someone you know, send through your CV to Aine Bourke, House Manager, to


Updated plan?

And finally, here’s a friendly reminder for our buddies that have NDIS plans’.

If you have an unscheduled plan review or the dates/details of your plan change for any reason, it’s very important you let us know.

Any changes to an NDIS participant's plan dates will automatically make your Gig Buddies' service agreement void.

We need to be informed of any date changes so we can update your service agreement and ensure you’re still covered by our public liability insurance when out with your volunteer.

If there have been any changes to your plan or if you’re unsure about your current service agreement, please contact Chelsea, our NDIS Coordinator, either via email: or phone: 0412 145 819 or 02 9419 6951 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am - 5pm).


Matthew, Carol, Tony, Bec, Chelsea and Aylin


Would you like more information about Gig BuddiesSydney? You’re only a click away. Connect with us via the links below.


Fancy revelling in legendary status? If so, please support us in our cause to get more people out to live events in Sydney.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible and all are gratefully received.

The Gig Buddies Sydney project is an initiative of ACL Disability Services.

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