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Work with us

We’re looking for an energetic team player to work in Sydney’s Western suburbs, to help us grow and develop the Gig Buddies project within the region.


The Gig Buddies Western Sydney Hub Coordinator will be the first point of contact for those based in Sydney’s western suburbs. The appointee will work with the Sydney team to connect with existing and potential service users - helping us to increase awareness of who we are and what we do.

For more information about the role, click here to see the job description.

And if this sounds like something you would be interested in, please send your CV to project CEO, Carol Smail at carol@assistcom.org. If you would like more information about the position, call us on 02 9419 6951.

 

Watch with us


For those of you who missed out in marching with Gig Buddies at this year’s Mardi Gras, you are invited to join us in the stands of the world famous Sydney Cricket Ground.


We have a limited number of tickets to sell. Come join us and show your support for the LGBTQI+ community and help Gig Buddies celebrate diversity.

We’ll be cheering on those who represent Gig Buddies, plus the thousands of others who will make their way around the famous stadium.


As a reminder, the event takes place on Saturday 5 March. For more information, including how to buy your ticket, load up the link below:



If you have any questions about involvement with Sydney Mardi Gras or would like more information, send us an email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org, get in touch on Facebook Messenger or contact us via text or on the phone on either 0422 061 990 or 0412 145 819.

 

Face-to-face in February


Last week we revealed our plans for the month.


We invite you to join us at the Art Gallery of NSW to sample the Matisse: Life & Spirit. Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris exhibition.

We have a limited number of tickets available. For more information, including how to sign up, load up the following link:

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


Please note, this Friday’s outing to the Royal Botanic Gardens for the Garden Social has now sold out.


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

 

Catch up with Coasties


And for those of you who like pub grub and trivia, our friends on the Central Coast have two such events penciled in the diary.

You’re invited to join them in East Gosford and The Entrance for 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)


Both Central Coast outings are free to attend, and 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 about any of our February movements, get in touch: we can be reached via Facebook Messenger, email: info@gigbuddiescentralcoast.org or via text or phone call on 0402 708 814.

 

Zoom trivia is back


On the subject of quizzes, we’re throwing a midweek battle of wits ourself.

Did you know that Freddie Mercury’s real name is Farrokh Bulsara? Or that Beijing was formerly called Peking?


Kahoot! apps at the ready! For our ‘what’s in a name?’ quiz we’ll ask a number of questions on famous nicknames, plus we’ll quiz you on historical country names and we’ll test your knowledge on sporting teams.


In addition to Thursday’s online trivia, we also invite buddies to connect with us at 4pm tomorrow (Tuesday 8/2) 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:


Thursday 10/2


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.

 

"…. nothing worth having comes easy”


Project CEO, Carol, has made a splash in the latest edition of North Shore Living.


From talking about our humble roots to the current day, Carol also speaks about the Gig Buddies’ parent company, ACL Disability Services.

To see a larger version of the article, load up the following link and jump to page 44.


Article disclaimers:

- “Gig Buddies is now a burgeoning program, with 240 pairs of buddies and volunteers successfully matched”: Gig Buddies has 120 pairings, equalling 240 participants.

- “Myself, I was meeting my buddy on top of the commitments of my full time job”: Carol was meeting with the Gig Buddies’ community (buddies and volunteers) on top of her full time job.

 

Doubling up


We have news about two more matched up buddies.

Welcome to the family, Shaun and Tyler (left, L - R) and Michael and Anuj (right, L - R). We’re delighted to have you on board and we look forward to hearing about your forthcoming adventures.

 

Prepped and ready to go


We’d also like to say thanks to Asha and Jessica for logging on this week and joining us on Zoom for volunteer training.

 

A word from the pros


In light of the ongoing Covid situation, 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

 

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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