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Volunteer Vault #6

"…. it’s like no other volunteering opportunity…"


We’re excited to share our first ‘volunteer vault’ story for the year.


For those not in the know, we currently have over 150 matched buddies on our books - meaning we have plenty of testimonies to share.


As such, on the last Monday of each month we bring you the opinions of an existing volunteer. To kick off 2023 we hear from Rachel (below R), who talks about her pairing with buddy Kate (below L).

- How long have you been volunteering with Gig Buddies?


I was paired with my buddy in July 2020.

- Is Gig Buddies your first volunteering role?


I have done different shorter-term volunteer opportunities over the years at after-school programs, animal shelters, and an overseas volunteering trip but this is the longest ongoing role.

- Why do you volunteer with Gig Buddies?


As an occupational therapist, I see first-hand the barriers to social participation with my participants, so when I was looking for volunteering roles Gig Buddies stood out to me. However, I continue because it’s so enjoyable.

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

It’s been awesome. It really adds value to my month and doesn’t feel like it takes any time away from what I would usually do because we do things I love.

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


I really enjoy our walks, coffee shop visits and going out for food as these are things I love doing on a regular basis.


However, the highlights have probably been activities that I am interested in but never got around to planning myself prior to Gig Buddies, such as going to see the Mary Poppins musical, tribute bands, and actually making it to the cinema to see new movies.

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


In my experience, it’s like no other volunteering opportunity as you are just planning to do fun activities that interest you and can fit within your schedule.


I can’t recommend it enough and it can give you fun activities to look forward to and can also be a chance to broaden your horizons if there are activities you are interested in but don’t usually get around to doing them.


And watching your buddy enjoy something, makes it very meaningful and worthwhile – there are just so many benefits to being a volunteer with Gig Buddies.

 

"….. there are just so many benefits to being a volunteer with Gig Buddies"


Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your story. We hope her words have resonated with our Sydney and Central Coast communities, along with those who are thinking about singing up with us.

 

I can do it!


We’re always looking for new volunteers.


Do you fit the bill, or do you know someone who would make a wonderful volunteer? You can connect with the Gig Buddies Sydney and Central Coast teams via Facebook, text or phone call (0402 708 814).


Alternatively, those interested can jump straight to our volunteer online application form by loading up the following links: Sydney here; Central Coast here.


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