How long is a piece of string VII

It’s midyear 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 our imbalance of volunteers to gig buddies - and the geographical issues Sydney and the Central Coast can present.

To highlight our point, we’ve created a map of Sydney and the Central Coast region, showcasing where we sit in terms of numbers (all data correct as of Tuesday 12 July).

As highlighted by the maps, we have an abundance of unmatched volunteers based within the CBD, Inner West and Eastern Suburbs, while the Northern Beaches, Eastern Suburbs, South West and Central Coast regions represent the areas with the highest number of unpaired buddies.

Based on current data, within both Sydney and the Central Coast regions we have a total of 227 buddies and 566 volunteers on our books. Of those numbers, we currently have 151 pairs; 76 buddies and 418 volunteers are still waiting to be matched.

Conversely, last year’s report indicated we had a total of 540 volunteers and 219 buddies on our database. Of those numbers, 151 were paired up, resulting in a total 68 buddies and 389 volunteers without a match.


What we need

We’re eager to get more volunteers paired up, and we’re calling on our current participants to recommend our services to anyone they know who has a mild to moderate learning disability and/or autism.

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, while gender and age preferences are also taken into consideration.

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 requirements.