For one final time in 2022, it’s time to shed some light on another of our wonderful volunteers.
For this month’s volunteer vault entry we’re excited to share our first testimony from the Central Coast. Sherie (below, alongside buddy Lachy) has kindly opened about her experiences with the project.
- How long have you been volunteering with Gig Buddies?
I was paired with my buddy Lachy in September 2021.
- Is Gig Buddies your first volunteering role?
I’ve done a lot of volunteer work with animals over the years. Volunteering in shelters, fostering animals and fundraising etc, but this is my first volunteer role with humans.
- Why do you volunteer with Gig Buddies?
As an able-bodied person I wasn't aware of the challenges people with a disability face just to be able to have a social life and enjoy a night out. If I can help someone bridge those challenges simply by going to events and meeting new people, why would I not?!
- How would you describe your volunteering experience with Gig Buddies?
Honestly, I forget that Gig Buddies is a volunteering role. Lachy and I are great friends who enjoy each other’s company and doing fun things together.
- Tell us about some of the highlights from your time volunteering with Gig Buddies?
Lachy and I have done so much in the time we have been paired.
We’ve seen lots of different bands, Comic Con, steam train ride, parties, movies, market events, Mardi Gras, musicals and heaps more. I’ve also been able to meet some great people and make new friends at the Gig Buddies’ social events.
- What would you say to someone reading this who is thinking about volunteering with Gig Buddies?
The Gig Buddies team put a lot of effort and consideration into paring.
They pair people with similar music tastes, hobbies and interests, so you'll be paired with someone you'll enjoy spending time with and you wont even feel like a volunteer.
You will also receive training and ongoing support from the team to be sure your time with Gig Buddies is enjoyable and beneficial for everyone involved.
"I’m just hanging out with my friend really”
Thank you, Sherie, for sharing your story. We hope her words resonate with our Sydney and Central Coast communities, along with those who are thinking about singing up with us.