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2022…. the year that was

It’s that time again, when we reflect on our achievements for the year just gone.

Numbers-wise, 2022 was another productive period: 74 new matches across Sydney, Central Coast and Western Sydney - taking us to a grand total 479, while we also prepped a total of 80 new volunteers.

 

Making new friends


While we’re all about pairing up buddies, we’re also about increasing social circles and providing participants with the opportunity to meet more people and experience new events. We inform everyone who signs up that they’re part of the Gig Buddies community and, as such, they’re welcome to attend our social outings.


In 2022 we facilitated 53 face-to-face gatherings - averaging more than one a week, while we also hosted a total of 27 online offerings. This year we connected with more than 1,250 buddies, either via Zoom or courtesy of our in-person catch ups.

 

Are you looking to volunteer?


We need volunteers! Click on the image above for current roles on the Central Coast and the graphic below for opportunities in Sydney.


If you have any questions or would like more information, contact us via Facebook or email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org

 

Summer’s here


Last week we dropped a hint about some Sydney Festival giveaways.

Today we can reveal our plans. Next month we invite buddies to join us for FREE at the following events:

- Frida Kahlo: The Life of An Icon. 7 January, 6.30pm AND 13 January, 6.30pm @ The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve

- Sarah Baras: Alma. 28 January, 8pm @ Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

- Werk It. 14 January, 9pm AND 21 January, 6pm @ Seymour Centre - York Theatre, Chippendale

- Multicultural Comedy Gala. 20 January, 8pm @ Riverside Theatre, Parramatta

- Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. 8 January, 7pm @ The Weary Traveller, Martin Place

- Too Birds. 25 January, 7pm @ The Weary Traveller, Martin Place


To find out more about each event, load up the links above.


Tickets are strictly limited. To reserve your place we ask that you email the team on info@gigbuddiessydney.org, stating the name of the event, the date, number of tickets requested and the name of the attendees.

For the past seven years we have attended numerous Sydney Festival events for free. Once again we’re indebted to the generosity shown by event organisers, and we thank them for their ongoing support.

 

Join us in January…


And on the subject of socials, last week we dropped our intentions for the first month of 2023

Next month we invite buddies to join us at Club Parramatta for a bite to eat on the 19th. Later in the month we head north for a beach gathering, and we conclude our January outings with a trip Central Coast Stadium for the A League clash between the Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers.


To find out more about our January catch ups (and to book your place), load up the links below:


If you have any questions about our forthcoming events, get in touch: we can be reached via Facebook Messenger, email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org or via text or phone call on 0411 252 228.

 

Each and every week we invite buddies to connect with us for our weekly chat.

Our chats take place via Zoom. To attend get in touch via text: 0422 061 990 or Facebook Messenger.

 

Have I got news for you!


We invite buddies to join us for our final online social for the year - the 2022 news quiz.

From Top Gun to Neighbours, Ash Barty to the Socceroos - we’ll be asking 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on what made the news in 2022.


To join us on Thursday click on the link listed below.


Thursday 22/12


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.


Gig Buddies quizzes takes place on Kahoot!, an app that can be downloaded from the app store. All participants are required to download this app. For more information about how to access Kahoot!, click here to load up our easy read guide.


To take part in any of the Gig Buddies quizzes buddies will need access to two devices, one to run Zoom and the other to enable the Kahoot! app. For example, buddies could access Zoom via a desktop computer/laptop and load up the Kahoot! app on a smartphone or tablet.


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.

 

Are you in the market for Gig Buddies’ merchandise?

Click on the image above to get your fill on Gig Buddies goodies. If we haven’t got the size you’re after, get in touch via text: 0422 061 990 or Facebook Messenger.

 

School’s out


That’s it in terms of the newsletter for 2022. Thank you to everyone who’s either read our Sydney or Central Coast weekly offerings, or has connected with us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

We’re on shut down from midday this Friday (23/12), returning on Monday 9 January at 9am.

 

Extra, extra! Read all about it….


As for the Gig Buddies newsletter, that will be returning on Monday 16 January. Be sure to check your inboxes then.

 

One last thing……


We want to say Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a huge THANK YOU to everyone who’s connected with us in 2022.


Our community continues to go from strength to strength - both north and south of the Hawkesbury River - and we look forward to doing it all again in 2023.

 

Matthew Collins

Gig Buddies Central Coast coordinator

 

Would you like more information about Gig Buddies Central Coast? 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.

Gig Buddies Central Coast is an initiative of ACL Disability Services.

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