We want to inform readers about a recent change that we’ve made at Gig Buddies HQ.
As you may know, we launched the Gig Buddies Central Coast (GBCC) branch last year and I (Matthew, Gig Buddies Central Coast Coordinator) have been working to grow the community ever since.
Due to the growth of both GBCC and Gig Buddies Sydney, we have made the decision to include the Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby Shire suburbs of Sydney within the Gig Buddies Central Coast catchment area. This change took place on the July 1 2022.
For those living within the Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby Shire areas of Sydney, this means that you are now classed as being part of the Gig Buddies Central Coast project.
What does this mean for you?
- This is purely an administrative change. This will not impact your experience with Gig Buddies.
- You can still attend both Gig Buddies Sydney and Gig Buddies Central Coast events.
- You will continue to be matched with your current buddy, or if you are currently unpaired - we will continue in our attempts to pair you with someone suitable.
What changes can I expect?
The main things that will change are:
- For signed up buddies, future NDIS Service Agreements will now state Gig Buddies Central Coast, not Gig Buddies Sydney.
- For those living within the Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby Shire areas of Sydney, I will now be your main point of contact. As such, I will be responsible for all check-ins.
My contact details are: 0402 708 814
What about Gig Buddies’ social events?
Gig Buddies’ social events will continue to take place on a monthly basis and will now be shared across the Central Coast, Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai areas.
Participants from both the Central Coast and Sydney branches are welcome to attend all Gig Buddies' events.
Room at the inn
Tickets are still available for our planned outing to the Shire.
We invite you to join us on Friday 22 July for the Jellybean Jam Party, taking place at Gymea Hotel.
To attend, load up the link below.
Our trip to the The Art Gallery of NSW and the pub lunch gathering at Manly’s New Brighton Hotel have both sold out. Due to staff illness, the planned outing to the NRL in Gosford has been cancelled.
We’re delighted to introduce the newest member of Gig Buddies’ user-led team, Soul Fly Band.
For those not in the know, Soul Fly Band are an advisory group of participants set up to oversee and advise the Gig Buddies project. They catch up monthly and help shape the program going forward.
Karen joins existing members Stavros, Lachy, Audrey, Jack, Nalyn and Joni.
Here’s what she had to say about joining Gig Buddies’ advisory group:
A little bit about me: I live on the Central Coast. I am a mum to a little boy; he makes my life a lot brighter. Things I like doing with my Gig Buddy Lisa include going to the movies, going to lunch, taking our kids to the park, going to different fun events etc. I am currently looking for part-time work in administration.
Why I joined Soul Fly Band: I joined the Soul Fly Band because I am thankful for what Gig Buddies has done for me and I want other people to have that opportunity, especially here on the Central Coast. I hope my ideas can contribute to that.
Best gig I’ve ever been to: Missy Higgins and John Butler Trio at A Day on the Green in the Hunter Valley. The best thing I’ve ever been to with my gig buddy was a family day out to Central Coast Comicon.
On the subject of welcomes, we’re excited to introduce our newest matches.
It’s great to have Dean and Tim (left, L - R) and Rebecca and Emma (right, L - R) join the family.
New to the team
Likewise, we want to say thanks to our latest batch of trained volunteers.
It was great to meet Chris (left), Claudio (right) and Janette (not pictured) last Wednesday. Thank you for logging on; we look forward to introducing you to your buddies in due course.
Gig Buddies at the UN
In other news, the brains behind the original Gig Buddies project based in Brighton, Stay Up Late, have made the ultimate splash!
Their work got a mention at the UN World Urban Forum.
In line with this year’s theme of ‘working to build sustainable, disability responsive and inclusive cities’, Gig Buddies was name-dropped at the Persons with Disabilities Roundtable at the Eleventh World Urban Forum (WUF11) in Poland.
To hear more, load up this link and jump to the 59 minute mark.
COVID-19 Vaccinations update
The NSW Chief Health Officer has extended the current exemption that allows workers (and volunteers) who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to continue to work if they have been assessed as being essential to the operation of the service.
All workers (and volunteers) who have not yet received their booster must also take reasonable steps to get the booster as soon as practical. The exemption has been extended to September 6 2022.
If you haven’t done this yet, it’s important that you send the latest copy of your vaccination certificate to Gig Buddies ASAP. The certificate must show the dates on which you have received all THREE doses of the COVID vaccine.
Similarly, for those who have been granted an exemption from a medical professional, we require a copy of any relevant documentation.
You can access your vaccination certificate through your Medicare or MyGov account. Please send this certificate to email@example.com or via text/WhatsApp it to 0411 252 228.
Matthew, Carol, Tony, Bec, Chelsea, Xena and Aylin
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