Happy National Volunteer Week

Updated: May 19

We say this a lot, but - as it’s National Volunteer Week, we want to take this opportunity to praise our wonderful volunteers.

Without you the Gig Buddies project wouldn’t function. To all past and present day volunteers who have played a vital role in tackling loneliness, increasing confidence and expanding social circles for so many, thank you.


We’re indebted to your dedication, selflessness, kindness and all round generosity. Thanks to your efforts more than 400 buddies, based in both Sydney and the Central Coast, have benefited from being part of the Gig Buddies project.


For the past few weeks we’ve been busy reaching out to paired buddies. They’ve spent time recording individual messages of gratitude - and today we bring you the full video.


Thank you to everyone who contributed. Jump on the clip below to watch this year’s Gig Buddies National Volunteer Week ‘thank you’ video.

To everyone who has and continues to give their time to our program, happy National Volunteer Week!

 

One up


On the subject of volunteers, we’re delighted to welcome our newest to the family.

Thanks to Tom (above) for joining us for volunteer training last Friday. We’re excited to start work on facilitating another Gig Buddies Central Coast pairing.

 

Join us this June


We’re also excited to reveal our movements for the month of June.

First up we head to The Juniors Kingsford for Harry Potter trivia. Come join us on Wednesday 15 June - you'd be riddikulus not to attend!


And a little later in the month, on Sunday 19 June, we will making our first ever trip to Supanova Comic Con & Gaming. Join us as we sample the “fan convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy film and TV, comic books, anime, gaming and collectables.”


Load up the links below to sign up:

- Harry Potter trivia @ The Juniors Kingsford, Kingsford: Wednesday 15 June

- Supanova Comic Con & Gaming @ Sydney Olympic Park: Sunday 19 June

 

Save the date


Due to staff annual leave we’re unable to facilitate a Central Coast gathering for the month of June. However, we ask that you pencil Saturday 16 July in your diaries.


On the day we’ll be going to Gosford’s Central Coast Stadium for the NRL clash between Sydney Roosters v St George Illawarra Dragons.


Kick off is 3pm. More details, including ticket information, to come.

 

May movements


As for all June and July events, they are in addition to May’s meet up at Leichhardt Oval.

To join us for the Super Rugby Pacific clash between NSW Waratahs and Auckland Blues, jump on the link below:


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


If you have any questions about our 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.

 

Happy birthday to us!


On the subject of forthcoming events, time is running out to book your ticket to our birthday bash.


We’ll be blowing the candles out on our 7th birthday on Thursday 26 May, and as mentioned last week - for the first time ever we’ll be selling Gig Buddies merch on the night.

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.

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.


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, please refer to 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 plans, get in touch: we can be reached via Facebook Messenger, email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org or via text or phone call on 0411 252 228.

 

Welcome Aylin


We’re delighted to welcome to the latest addition to the Gig Buddies team, Aylin.


Aylin is the project’s newly appointed Western Suburbs Hub Coordinator and is tasked with developing the Gig Buddies project within the region.

As part of her role, Aylin will be the first point of contact for those based in Sydney’s western suburbs, and will help increase awareness of who we are and what we do.


Aylin had this to say:


“I am very excited to begin my journey with Gig Buddies!


As the Western Sydney Hub Coordinator, I will raise awareness about the support we offer to people with disabilities and ensure that our programs will be tailored to fulfil our buddies’ individual needs and personal preferences that will align with their assigned pairs.

I have been working with people from a diverse age spectrum within the healthcare sector for several years. I have always enjoyed meeting new people from all walks of life! Similar to most of our buddies, I enjoy travelling, spending time outside, listening to music, and watching movies (specifically Marvel).

I am appreciative of the opportunity Gig Buddies has offered me!”


Welcome aboard, Aylin.

 

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.