About Us

About the Gig Buddies project

Gig Buddies Central Coast is an initiative of ACL Disability Services which is a registered Not For Profit organisation committed to promoting the rights of people with learning disabilities to live the lifestyle of their choosing.


Going out to see bands, clubbing, or seeing friends is part of everyday life for many people. However, if you have a learning disability you may need support to do this. We have found many people with learning disabilities aren’t able to lead full and active social lives because their support workers finish at 10pm and therefore need to leave events at 9pm.

We believe that people with learning disabilities on the Central Coast have the right to stay up late, meet new people, go to events and have some fun.

meet the team

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the 5 Steps (to being a Gig Buddy)


The 5 Steps to being a gig buddy


Meet The Team

Carol Smail

Favourite Music:  Trip Hop, Acoustic Folk

Favourite Venue:  The Royal Albert Hall

Favourite artist:  Everything but the Girl

First live music experience:  At school in New Zealand I saw a band called The Fourmyula

What is the best band you have seen:  Paul Simon - Graceland tour / Carlos Santana - Abraxas tour

Matthew Collins
Central Coast Coordinator

Favourite Music:  House, Electronica, Indie, Jazz

Favourite Venue:  Timbuk2, Bristol

Favourite band:  Ame

First live music experience:  Carl Cox playing in a grungy warehouse in Exeter

What is the best band you have seen:  Underworld, during my first ever festival (Creamfields, UK) was pretty special

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Rebecca McIntosh
Participant and Volunteer Support

Favourite Music: Pop , Rock and Electronic Dance

Favourite Venue:  The Enmore , The Boiler room from Big Day Out back in the day

Favourite artist:  Above and Beyond, Pink, The XX ,Queen and Linkin Park 
First live music experience: When I was very young ...Girlfriend at the Sydney Entertainment Centre they were the  Australian version of the Spice Girls. 

What is the best band you have seen: The Rolling Stones at Sydney Olympic Stadium

Tony Giles
Funding and Sponsorship Coordinator

Favourite Music:  Alt rock, Americana, Blues, Indie, Aussie

Favourite Venues:  Thebarton Theatre (Adelaide), Enmore (Sydney)

Favourite band:  Car Seat Headrest

First live music experience:  Midnight Oil at the Apollo Stadium 

What is the best band you have seen:  Blur/Feist

Chelsea Deeley
NDIS Coordinator

Favourite Music:  A bit of everything – but at the moment I’m big on soul, jazz, world, and alt-rock

Favourite Venue: The Tote (Melbourne) or The Vanguard (Sydney)

Favourite artist: At the moment – 30/70 Collective

First live music experience: Madness at the Birmingham NEC.

What is the best band you have seen: Paul McCartney at QUDOS Arena in Sydney, but Underoath at Enmore Theatre playing their first two albums in full was also pretty great.