2021 - the challenges continue

Prior to Christmas we had made plans for January that involved attending a number of Sydney Festival events. Unfortunately, during the two week break, Covid cases in the community were detected, causing a return to restrictions.


As a consequence, our plans have changed and we’ve had to rule out two events. However, as of today we are excited to announce we’ll be attending the following Sydney Festival gigs:

Firstly, we head to Barangaroo Reserve to pay homage to George Michael. You’ll then find us at the Australian Design Centre’s Makers Market in Darlinghurst, followed by a walk down memory lane at the Australian Maritime Museum.


We’ve tried to find something for everyone as we aim to start 2021 in style. This January we’ll be attending two free gigs while we’ve also lined up a budget-friendly concert. We’re also looking to replace the two events we had hoped to attend - more of which will be announced in due course.


To join us at any of our Sydney Festival outings, click on the links below:

The links above have information about each event, including meeting places and performance times. Please note, the present covid situation is ever evolving and, should any of our plans change, we’ll make an announcement. Additionally, we’ll grant full refunds should the George Michael event not go ahead.


If you have any questions or would like more information, send us an email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org, get in touch on Facebook Messenger or contact us via text or on the phone on 0422 061 990.

Sing your hearts out


On the subject of our social events, this week we invite buddies to join us on Friday (8/1) for online karaoke.

In order to give buddies some consistency, Friday at 4pm will be the new permanent day and time for all Gig Buddies Sydney online social events.


To join us this week, click on the following link:


Friday 8/1

- 4pm: Gig Buddies Sydney karaoke


All online games will take place via Zoom. For information on how to use Zoom, load up the following easy read guide written by Learning Disability Wales. Alternatively, click here to check out our 'how to use Zoom' video.


If you have any questions or would like more information, send us an email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org, get in touch on Facebook Messenger or contact us via text or on the phone on either 0422 061 990 or 0412 145 819.

Chat with us


And on the subject of consistency, we'll be hosting our online social chats each and every Monday and Wednesday at 4pm.

Our chats take place via Zoom and are facilitated by either Bec, Chelsea, Tony, Carol or myself.

Each week we discuss a different topic, and to make things easier we use the same Zoom link for every meeting.

If you would like to chat with Gig Buddies Sydney staff and your fellow buddies, get in touch. Send us an email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org, reach out on Facebook Messenger or contact us via text or on the phone on 0422 061 990.

New year, new NDIS plan dates?


Just a friendly reminder for our buddies that have NDIS plans.


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


Any changes to an NDIS participants’ 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: chelsea@assistcom.org or phone: 0412 145 819 or 02 9419 6951 (Tuesday - Friday, 9am - 5pm).

New year, new you?


For those of you whose new year’s resolution is to return to the classroom, our friends from Tafe are looking for students to enrol in their ‘Be Employed with social, occupation and communication skills (SOCS)' course.


All the information, including how to get involved, can be found in the flyer below.

Two more from 2020


Before knocking off for the year, we paired up Christopher and Joey (left, L - R) and Margaret and Dawn (right, L - R) - our final two matches for 2020.

We can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2021!

Burgers for buddies 🍔


If you’re in Chatswood and fancy a bite to eat this January, may we recommend heading to Grill’d Burgers?

They’ve nominated us as one of their Local Matters charities for the month.

Grill’d Chatswood can be found at Shop 7 The Concourse, 405-419 Victoria Avenue. Be sure to put your lid in the Gig Buddies Sydney jar (above left) as the charity with the most at the end of the month pockets $300.

And finally….


We want to wish all buddies, family members and supporters a happy new year - we’re looking forward to connecting with and pairing up more participants in 2021.

Matthew, Carol, Tony, Bec and Chelsea

info@gigbuddiessydney.org

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



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