Calling more men

In line with the Movember movement, we at Gig Buddies Sydney are looking at ways to attract more male volunteers.

People may be unaware, but we have a large imbalance of female to male volunteers (see image below).

Drawing inspiration from a number of our existing male volunteers, we asked a few questions - all with the intention of raising awareness of the role men play in helping tackle social isolation.

Why do you volunteer for Gig Buddies Sydney?

- "It's fun, rewarding and helps you build life long friendships"

- "It’s great to get out to events that I enjoy going to with a buddy who loves it just as much as I do….. I wouldn’t be me if i wasn’t able to get to sports and music events, and sharing these passions with someone makes it all the better..."

- "My children all grew up and moved away and I always anticipated volunteering for something when that time came. Gig Buddies marries two of my interests together, going out on the weekend and caring about those who are less fortunate than us."

- "I wanted to contribute to an organisation that wasn't asking me to donate money to a 'blind' cause..... I love the fact I can combine my passion of live events with volunteering.... I love the fact I'm empowered to volunteer when I want to and in settings I am comfortable with."

What would you say to other men who are thinking about volunteering?

- "I’d say give it a go, giving something back whilst doing something you enjoy is win win for all."

- "This is a great opportunity to combine social impact with entertainment. In my case, my gig buddy has taught me about so many cool places and activities that has allowed me to learn and expand my knowledge..... The Gig Buddies team is also incredibly supporting, will guide you along the way and provide you with incredible opportunities for amazing outings."

- "Most of my friends have young children. But having said that, I take my buddy to events that usually have my mates there too. No one has a problem with it…..&q