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Misters needed

In anticipation of father’s day, we’re reaching out to our community in search of more male volunteers.


Across Sydney and the Central Coast we’re calling on brothers, dads, uncles, nephews, sons, granddads who have a zest for life and would be keen on helping us tackle social isolation for adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities.

Based on the image above, we currently have numerous roles that specifically require male involvement. To see all existing opportunities, please refer to the ‘are you looking to volunteer?’ Sydney and Central Coast links below.

 

How does it work?


For those not in the know, we tackle social isolation for adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities.


We match up adults with disability with volunteers, both of whom share a mutual interest. Age, gender and location preferences are also taken into consideration - and once matched up, paired buddies catch up once a month and partake in their passions.

 

What about others?


To all the sisters, mums, aunties, nieces, daughters and grandmothers out there who would also like to get involved, we’d love to have you on board too.


To sign up as a Gig Buddies’ volunteer, click here if you reside in Sydney or its western suburbs, and load up this link if you’re based on the Central Coast.

 

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: info@gigbuddiessydney.org

 

Spring loaded


Reservations to our remaining September socials are getting snapped up.

Bites out to eat, live music, outdoor catch ups, crazy shakes: we’ve plenty of variety on offer for our September gatherings. To join us in Oatley, Warnervale, Auburn or Campbelltown, load up the links below.

Please note, our dinner and band night in Crows Nest and the axe throwing in Marrickville have both sold out.

If you have any questions about our forthcoming gatherings, get in touch: we can be reached via Facebook Messenger, email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org or via text or phone call on 0411 252 228.

 

Out and about


On the subject of our socials, we recently caught up with buddies in Hornsby and Bondi.

Firstly, we headed to Hornsby for trivia and dinner (Monday 7/8). Congratulations to those who finished second on the night and won themselves a bar tab!


Then later that week we headed to Bondi, stopping off for a night of food, drinks and dancing.


Thank you to everyone who joined us. To see more snaps from all our recent catch ups, 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.

 

Three is the magic number


Since our last announcement we’ve confirmed another three matches.

It’s great to welcome Georgina and Natalie (left, L - R), Nicole and Amy (right, L - R) and Callum and Pume (not pictured) to the team.

 

"….I’ve never been on radio before"


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


This time we hear from Yasmin (below left), who tells us more about recent catch ups with her buddy, Veronica (below right).

"On Sunday 8th of July, I went to putt putt golf with my gig buddy Veronica at Holey Moley in North Strathfield. We had so much fun there; when we arrived at Holey Moley we got our golf balls from the vending machines provided which had different colours, and the golf clubs that were standing there on a rack. We played two games of putt putt golf, and we both enjoyed ourselves.

We’ve previously been bowling at the same area in North Strathfield, and in a few weeks, Veronica and I are going to see the Barbie movie in Parramatta.

I went on radio last month with Aylin, talking about Gig Buddies and Soul Fly Buddies, and it was interesting as I’ve never been on radio before.


In my spare time, I’m studying Certificate 3 in Information Technology, which is exciting as I’m learning new things about computers.”


- Yasmin, Soul Fly Buddies

 

Radio ga ga


Set a reminder for 7.15pm tonight - the time when Aylin takes to the airwaves for her second interview on Able Chat Radio.


She will be in conversation with host Sandy Barwick, providing listeners with an update on Gig Buddies in the western suburbs.


To listen via the wireless head to 89.3f, or tune in via the web by clicking here.

 

Review and win


And finally, would you like to win a $50 gift voucher?


We’re offering all actively signed up buddies and volunteers the chance to land one of three prizes.

All you have to do is submit a Google review about Gig Buddies Sydney. You have until the end of the month (Thursday 31 August) to enter.


To submit a review, load up this link and click on the ‘love Gig Buddies’ image.


Everyone who submits a review will go into the hat. At the end of the month (Thursday 31 August) we will draw three names. One submission per person, and the winners will be notified on the day. To be eligible for a prize, the reviewer must be a current service user (either buddy or volunteer).


Happy reviewing!

 

Matthew: Central Coast coordinator (0402 708 814)


Carol: CEO (02 9419 6951)

Chelsea: NDIS coordinator (0412 145 819)

Tony: Funding and sponsorship coordinator (02 9419 6951)

Bec: Sydney coordinator (0411 252 228)

Aylin: Western Sydney coordinator (0466 389 961)

Lara: Greater Western Sydney coordinator (0478 045 121)

Sandon: Southern Sydney coordinator (0478 043 996)


 

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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