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Volunteer Vault #15

In Volunteer Vault number 15, we hear from Jan (below left), who tells us more about her pairing with Nelio (below right).

- How long have you been volunteering with Gig Buddies?

I have been volunteering now for just over 1.5 years with Gig Buddies.

- Is Gig Buddies your first volunteering role?

No, I have been volunteering with the aged for over seven years. We pick them up from home by bus and take them out for the day before returning them home.

- Why do you volunteer with Gig Buddies?

As I work in disability I know how important connections are. Showing someone that you care by socialising with them rather than them just spending time with their families helps to build up confidence and gives them new experiences.

- How would you describe your volunteering experience with Gig Buddies?

I just get so much from volunteering. Having suffered some depression after losing my husband I have found volunteering helps me feel like I can make a difference. To provide help, have a laugh or just a simple conversation has helped me tremendously.

I have made some amazing connections through volunteering. I am very thankful for my experiences with Gig Buddies.

- Tell us about some of the highlights from your time volunteering with Gig Buddies?

We have been to a few of the free ticket shows which have been a lot of fun. We have a nice group from the over 40s gatherings’ now and thoroughly enjoy our catch ups with them. Seeing my buddy become more confident (is also a highlight of mine).

- What would you say to someone reading this who is thinking about volunteering with Gig Buddies?

My buddy and I hit it off from the start. We both felt like we had known each other for years. Conversation was easy and we were very well matched. It is not a chore, we actually like hanging out together. You can make such a difference to someone's life as well as yours.


"I have made some amazing connections through volunteering"

Thank you, Jan, for sharing your words. You and Nelio continue to go from strength-to-strength - and you’re a perfect example of who we are and what we do.


"My buddy and I hit it off from the start"

We’re always looking for more people like Jan. If you would like to volunteer with us, look no further: to sign up with our Sydney project click here, and jump on this link to get involved on the Central Coast.

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