How long is a piece of string IV

It’s mid term report time.

We’ve produced half yearly reports every year since we started in 2015. They outline some of the challenges we face when it comes to pairing up people, focussing on the imbalance of volunteers we have to gig buddies - and the geographical issues Sydney can present.

To better illustrate our point we created a map of Sydney, showcasing where we sit in terms of numbers.

Map of Sydney and the statistics of Gig Buddies and Volunteers

As highlighted by the map, we have an abundance of unmatched volunteers from the Inner West and Eastern Suburbs, along with a large number of unpaired buddies from the Northern Suburbs.

Nothing has changed when it comes to our approach: in addition to pairing people based on mutual interests, we also pay attention to the geographic location of both gig buddy and volunteer; gender and age preferences - along with the ability to travel independently - are also considered.

We are taking steps to address the imbalance - reaching out to service providers, councils and targeting potential participants via social media.

And to those still waiting, we’re trying our level best. However, sometimes it comes down to luck and whether there’s a buddy available within the area who not only happens to share the same interests, but also ticks the boxes in terms of gender, age and location preferences.


Making inroads

Only this Saturday (13/7) we held another volunteer training session - thanks to Laurie, Maddi, Vicky, Jess and Frankie (below, L - R) for attending.

With another session lined up for later in July (29/7) a