Get your Gig Buddies merch

For the first time ever, attendees to our 7th birthday party will have the chance to snag some exclusive Gig Buddies merchandise.


On the night we’ll be selling t-shirts ($30 each, available in S, L and XL) and tea towels ($20), while we’ll also be running a lucky prize draw - giving three people the chance to win gift vouchers.

It’s been a long time since we’ve had the opportunity to bring the entire Gig Buddies community together.


Whether you’re based in Sydney or on the Central Coast, we invite you to join us as we celebrate turning 7.


Limited tickets are still available. To buy yours, and to find out more information about the gig, load up the following link.

 

Coming from the Coast


For those living on the Central Coast who’d like to attend our 7th birthday party, check out the suggested train times below.


From Tuggerah: 4:43pm

From Gosford: 5:01pm

From Woy Woy: 5:12pm


The train times listed above arrive into Central Station at 6:29pm. The party starts at 7pm; Shark Bar is approximately a 10 minute walk from Central Station (see image below).

Our birthday party finishes at 10pm. Return trains from Central run frequently throughout the night.


The train leaving Central Station at 9:48pm runs to the following schedule:


Return to Woy Woy, arriving at: 11:03pm

Return to Gosford, arriving at 11:16pm

Return to Tuggerah, arriving at 11:40pm


The train leaving Central Station at 10:48pm runs to the following schedule:


Return to Woy Woy, arriving at: 12:07am

Return to Gosford, arriving at 12:19am

Return to Tuggerah, arriving at 12:39am


Please get in contact if you’re coming from the Central Coast. We’ll introduce you to others from the region, encouraging attendees to travel as a group.


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

 

May movements


Last week we dropped details of the other events we’re to attend during the month of May.

Limited tickets remain for our outing at Socares Central Coast Animal Shelter, while we still have a number of spaces available for our gathering at Leichhardt Oval.


We’ll be walking dogs, patting cats and making animal toys on the Central Coast (22/5), and one week later (28/5) - for the first time ever - we’ll be going to the rugby union.


To join us in Erina or in Leichhardt for the Super Rugby Pacific clash between NSW Waratahs and Auckland Blues, load up the links below:


- A morning at the animal shelter @ Socares Central Coast Animal Shelter, Erina: Sunday 22 May

- Rugby union: NSW Waratahs vs. Auckland Blues @ Leichhardt Oval, 7:45pm kick off: Saturday 28 May


If you have any questions about our other May outings, get in touch ether via Facebook Messenger or email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org.

 

Winners are grinners


On subject of our gatherings, thanks to everyone who attended last Wednesday’s Star Wars trivia.


Congratulations to team members Ben, Keith, Ben, Brendan, Andrew, Vicky, Jack, Chelsea and Xena for taking out first prize at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel.

To see more photos from our ‘May the fourth’ catch up, click here.


And while you’re there, be sure to also check out recent galleries from our outings at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues for Jellybean Jam, and from our trip to Mona Vale’s Park House for Trivia Tuesdays.

 

Pens and paper at the ready


Are you at a loose end this Thursday afternoon? Come join us on Zoom as we get arty!

We’ll be creating two visual masterpieces. Have your texter, colouring pens and A4 pieces of paper at the ready.


In addition to Thursday’s online event, we also invite buddies to connect with us at 4pm tomorrow (Tuesday 10/5) for our weekly chat. To attend get in touch via text: 0411 252 228 or Facebook Messenger.


And to find out more about this week’s online offering (and to sign up), load up the link below.


Thursday 12 May

- Gig Buddies online art @ 4pm


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.

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations


Thanks to all of our fantastic volunteers who have sent through an updated version of their vaccination certificate. We really appreciate you doing this so quickly.


If you haven’t done this yet, it’s important that you send the latest copy of your vaccination certificate to Chelsea ASAP. The certificate must show the dates on which you have received all THREE doses of the COVID vaccine.


You can access your vaccination certificate through your Medicare or MyGov account. Please send this certificate to chelsea@assistcom.org or via text/Whatsapp it to 0412 145 819.


The Public Health Order (PHO), mandated by NSW Health, was recently updated to mandate that all workers/volunteers within the disability sector must receive their third COVID-19 booster shot if they are to continue working/volunteering.


The deadline for all volunteers to have their 3rd COVID Booster vaccination is 1st June 2022.


Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns about this. Alternatively, for more information from NSW Health load up the following link.

 

IMPORTANT COVID-19 Isolation Update


As you may have recently heard, NSW Health announced changes to the isolation requirements for individuals who are deemed household or close contacts of people confirmed to have COVID-19. However, please be advised that the updated self isolation advice for household and close contacts does not apply to people visiting or working/volunteering in the disability sector.


Gig Buddies and our parent organisation, ACL Disability Services, adhere to the guidelines applicable to the disability service sector. You can find more detail about these guidelines here.


In short, if you are a household or close contact of a person with a confirmed COVID-19 positive test, as per NSW Health we strongly recommend you to exercise caution.


We advise that you do not meet up with your buddy in a face-to-face setting for at least seven days. We also recommend the use of masks and hand sanitiser following this period, and potentially looking to facilitate catch-ups in outdoor, minimally-crowded areas to avoid potential transmission.


If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: we can be reached on 02 9419 6951 or via email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org

 

Matthew Collins

Gig Buddies Central Coast coordinator

info@gigbuddiescentralcoast.org

 

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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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