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Join us on Thursday

We celebrate turning 8 this week and we’re down to the final few tickets for our birthday bash - grab yours before it’s too late.

The deadline to purchase birthday tickets is midday tomorrow (Tuesday 9/5).

As a reminder, we’re set to take over The Barrie. On the night we’ll be bringing you live music, food, a visit from Gig Buddies founder, Paul Richards, and lucky door prizes.

Whether you’re based in Sydney or on the Central Coast, we invite you dust off those dancing shoes and party with us in Chippendale.

Our 8th birthday party runs from 7 - 10pm and tickets cost $35 per person. To find out more about this Thursday's gathering at The Barrie (and to purchase your ticket), click here.


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:


More for May

Our birthday gathering aside, we also invite you to two other events we’re hosting in May.

Firstly, we invite you to connect with us in Miranda in Sydney’s south for a bite to eat at The Bavarian. And later in the month we head to Gosford for Central Coast’s Comicon.

To find out more about our additional May outings (and to sign up), jump on the links below.


Free tickets

As revealed last week, our friends from Sydney Writers’ Festival have been in touch - offering complimentary tickets to SIX shows.

Buddies are invited to check out the following free events:

- Admissions: Sunday 28 May, 4pm @ Carriageworks

- André Dao & Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai: Friday 26 May, 2pm @ Carriageworks

- Daniel Lavery: Dear Prudence and more: Friday 26 May, 5.45pm @ Carriageworks

- In Conversation: Anthony Joseph: Friday 26 May, 10am @ Carriageworks

- Storytelling Gala: Letters to the Future: Thursday 25 May, 8:00pm @ Sydney Town Hall

- The Rhythm of the Word: Friday 26 May 26, 7:30pm @ Carriageworks

For more information about each show, load up the links above. And to secure your free tickets, get in touch with us via email, or Facebook Messenger, or call us at the office on 02 9419 6951.

The Sydney Writers’ Festival takes place between 22 - 28 May. To see what other events they’re hosting throughout Sydney and beyond, load up the following link.

We thank Sydney Writers’ Festival for their generosity.


Deadline day

The cutoff to purchase discounted Vivid tickets is fast approaching.

As a reminder, we’re off to the Opera House for FIVE top events - all for a cost of $20 per ticket!

Thanks to the generosity of event organisers, we invite you to join us at Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House, as part of Vivid Sydney for the following five events:

For more information about each event, including how to reserve your place, load up the links above.

Please note, a Gig Buddies staff member will also be in attendance at each gathering.

Vivid Festival runs from May 26 to June 17. To find out more about other gigs they’re bringing to Sydney, click here.

We thank Vivid Festival and the Sydney Opera House for their ongoing support.


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.


Two up

Here’s us introducing our two newly trained volunteers.

It was great to meet Matt and Amanda (above, L - R) last week. Thanks for joining us on Zoom for training.


Grill’d gathering

Calling all buddies - we’ve been invited to Grill’d, West Gosford for a bite to eat.

For those not in the know, each month Grill’d run a ‘local matters’ initiative, enabling charities to raise money via their customers.

Gig Buddies Central Coast is one of the charities for the month of May, and the branch have invited us along for a feed.

We invite signed up buddies and volunteer to join us on Monday 22 May, arriving for 7pm

It would be wonderful to get as many people as possible together. If you would like to attend please confirm either via email (, text (0402 708 814) or Facebook Messenger.

Grill’d West Gosford is located at Shop 29-31/299 Brisbane Water Dr, West Gosford NSW 2250.


The growing Gig Buddies community

And finally, as some of you may have seen, buddies Neilo and Jan made a social media splash last week.

Featuring on the NDIS’ social media channels, you can read their ‘Neilo’s buddied up and out spreading his wings socially’ interview here.

In reply, project founder, Paul Richards, has penned a blog post about the expanding Gig Buddies community. Since launching in 2013 in Brighton the program is now running in seven countries - supporting over 1,000 adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities.

In the words of Paul: “(Gig buddies is) about having people in your life who aren’t paid to be there. Someone who cares about spending time with you. Money literally can’t buy that!”

To read more about the growing Gig Buddies’ community and our ongoing efforts to build on the past ten years, click here.


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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