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Welcome to Gig Buddies Central Coast

What is Gig Buddies?

There are three main parts to the Gig Buddies project.

1. Buddying

Building a one-on-one friendship between a participant and volunteer.

2. Events/Socials

Group social events run by the Gig Buddies team.

3. Volunteering

Catching up with a Gig Buddies participant once a month

Who is Gig Buddies for?

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Who is it for?

A Gig Buddies participant is an adult with mild to moderate learning disability and/or autism, who wants to make new friends and go to events.

A Gig Buddies volunteer is someone who wants to expand their social circles, make friends and go to events.


How "Buddying" works

The Gig Buddies team matches and pairs a volunteer and an adult with a mild to moderate learning disability and/or autism. 

Buddies are paired based on mutual interests - such as music tastes, sport and hobbies - and other factors such as location and age.

Once paired, buddies go out together once a month for a year (or longer). 

Click here for FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions.

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What do buddies do?

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Buddied-up participants and volunteers catch up once a month and choose the "gigs" they both want to go to together.

A "gig" is whatever you want it to be.

It can be...

opera, theatre, sport, bushwalking, bowling, movies, having dinner, playing pool, surfing, food markets, musical theatre, go cart racing, horse riding, dancing, video games, train spotting, mini golf etc...

Click here for FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions.

get involved...

Buddying - image of two people having fun - if you have a disability and want to do fun stuff with a volunteer
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Volunyteering image for Gig Buddies. Be a volunteer and go to Gigs with an adult with a disability

the NDIS

Gig Buddies and the NDIS

The standard monthly charge to support the project is 3 hours per month from Core Support or Capacity Building.

The charge covers; recruiting, vetting, matching & training volunteers to partner with participants to build friendships & attend live music, sport and other events.
The monthly charge also includes access* to the many Gig Buddies hosted online and live activities and events.
(*some events have additional charges)

find out more about NDIS here.

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the "Soul Fly Buddies"

Gig Buddies is a
"user-led" project

In the UK and Australia, participants are involved in the running of the project.

In Australia this group of participants call themselves the "Soul Fly Buddies".

They meet once a month to talk about the project and help with ideas, planning and making the project as inclusive as possible.

  • Do you have an idea for the project?

  • Would you like to discuss something with the Soul Fly Buddies?

  • Would you like to get involved and/or join the Soul Fly Buddies?

...then click the link below to send a message to the "Soul Fly Buddies"

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