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Face-to-face in February

We’re excited to reveal details of our February social events.

You’ll catch us in the city on two occasions, the first in the Royal Botanic Gardens for this year’s Garden Social. Later in the month we head to the Art Gallery of NSW to sample the Matisse: Life & Spirit. Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris exhibition.


For more information about each event, including how to sign up, load up the links below:

- The Garden Social: Friday 11 February, 5 - 8pm @ Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

- Matisse: Life & Spirit: Wednesday 23 February, 6 - 8pm @ Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney


If you have any questions about our February events, or would like more information, get in touch: we can be reached via Facebook Messenger, email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org or via text or phone call on 0422 061 990.

 

North of the Hawkesbury


Did you know, all Gig Buddies’ events - whether they take place in Sydney or on the Central Coast - are open to all fully signed up participants?


Gig Buddies’ social events are all about bringing our growing community together, enabling attendees to expand their social circle. Our group catch ups are for everyone, irrespective if you’re paired up or not, and regardless of whether you’re a Sydney-sider or a Coastie.

 

Catch up with Coasties


As for the Central Coast, we had intended to share news of a planned outing to this year’s Love Lanes Festival, taking place in Wyong on Saturday 12 February.


However, at the time of going to press, event organisers announced their decision to postpone the event, from February to Friday 8 April.


Alas, we will be in attendance for the rescheduled Love Lanes event. We’ll share more information about our plans nearer the time.


As for the month of February, however, this morning we made some phone calls and we’ve come up with two alternative events. You’re invited to join us for pub grub and trivia in Gosford and The Entrance on the following dates:


- Pub trivia @ The Settler's Tavern, East Gosford: Wednesday 9 February: 6 - 9:30 (quiz starts at 7)

- Pub trivia @ The Lake's Hotel, The Entrance: Tavern, East Gosford: Tuesday 22 February: 6:30 - 9:30 (quiz starts at 7:30)

Our February outings are free to attend. We’ll be arriving in time to order food at both events. For more information about each gig, including how to sign up, load up the links above. Sydney-siders are more than welcome to join us!


And if you have any questions, get in touch: we can be reached via Facebook Messenger, email: info@gigbuddiescentralcoast.org or via text or phone call on 0402 708 814.

 

Art buddies


On the subject of attending events, we have a limited number of discounted tickets for sale to Doug Aitken's New Era exhibition, currently taking place at the MCA.


Earlier this month we spent an evening at the picturesque museum, sampling the event. We recommend it highly!


To book your ticket (and to find out more information about the event) load up the following link:

 

Lights, camera, action


As for this week’s online offering, we invite buddies to join us on Zoom for a game of charades.

Drama and acting skills at the ready, we’re guessing words against the clock.


In addition to Wednesday’s charades, we also invite buddies to connect with us at 4pm today (Monday 31/1) for our weekly chat. To attend get in touch via text: 0422 061 990 or Facebook Messenger.


And to find out more about this week’s online offering (and to sign up), load up the link below:


Wednesday 2/2


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 or info@gigbuddiescentralcoast.org or call/SMS us on 0402 708 814.

 

Doubling up


We’re delighted to bring you news of our latest matches.

Say hello to Georgia and Caitlin (left, L - R) and Aditi and Nicole (right, L - R). It’s a pleasure to welcome you on board and we look forward to hearing about your forthcoming adventures.

 

A word from the pros


In light of the ongoing rise in Covid numbers we’re going to continue pushing referral services for those who may be struggling.


Mental Health First Aid Australia have issued the following guidelines on assisting someone distressed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and they’re also providing mental health first aid in the time of ‘social distancing. Additionally, the team from ideas.org.au have shared their ‘look after your mental health in the COVID-19 crisis’ list of ideas.


reachout.com have also released their 10 ways to take care of yourself during coronavirus guide, while for those of you now working from home, Black Dog Institute have put together the following checklist to support your mental health.

 

We’re here to chat


From our perspective, while we’re not trained professionals, we are available for a chat.


For anyone experiencing increased social isolation, send a text or call us at 0422 061 990 (Gig Buddies Sydney) or 0402 708 814 (Gig Buddies Central Coast).


Alternatively, feel free to get in touch via Facebook Messenger or connect courtesy of email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org or info@gigbuddiescentralcoast.org

 

Matthew, Carol, Tony, Bec and Chelsea

 

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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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