Let’s get quizzical

This is your final call to join us tomorrow night.


As a reminder, we’ll be partaking in a battle of wits at The Entrance’s Lakes Hotel. Come join your fellow buddies for pub grub and trivia.

Gig Buddies is all about expanding social circles and trying new things. Everyone, irrespective of whether that person is matched with a buddy or not, is welcome to attend our events. We’re a friendly, inclusive and growing community - and we encourage as many of you as possible to come along.


Our meet up at The Lake’s Hotel is free to attend, and we’ll be arriving in time to order food. For more information about the gig, including how to sign up, load up the link below.


- Pub trivia @ The Lake's Hotel, The Entrance: Tuesday 22 February: 6:30 - 9:30 (quiz starts at 7:30)


If you have any questions or would like more information, send us an email: info@gigbuddiescentralcoast.org or call/SMS us on 0402 708 814.

 

Work with us


On the subject of final calls, applications for our Gig Buddies Western Sydney Hub Coordinator close this Friday.

We’re looking for an energetic team player to work in Sydney’s Western suburbs, to help us grow and develop the Gig Buddies project within the region.


The Gig Buddies Western Sydney Hub Coordinator will be the first point of contact for those based in Sydney’s western suburbs. The appointee will work with the Sydney team to connect with existing and potential service users - helping us to increase awareness of who we are and what we do.


The deadline to apply is 10pm, Friday 25 February. For more information about the role, click here to see the job description.


And if this sounds like something you would be interested in, please send your CV to project CEO, Carol Smail at carol@assistcom.org. If you would like more information about the position, call us on 02 9419 6951.

 

Art buddies


And this is your last chance to join us on Wednesday.


As a reminder, we’re visiting the Art Gallery of NSW, sampling the Matisse: Life & Spirit. Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris exhibition.

We’re down to the final few tickets. Come join your fellow buddies as we “…discover the joy of Matisse through over 100 works spanning six decades”.


For more information, including how to sign up, load up the following link:

- Matisse: Life & Spirit: Wednesday 23 February, 6 - 8pm @ Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

 

Shine with us!


Time flies - we’ll be marching at this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade in less than two weeks’ time!


Final preparations are now underway: ongoing dance rehearsals and prop design sessions are planned for the week ahead. We’re almost ready to ‘shine’.


For those of you who missed out on marching with us, you are invited to join us in the stands of the world famous Sydney Cricket Ground.

Come show your support for the LGBTQI+ community and help Gig Buddies celebrate diversity.


We’ll be cheering on those who represent Gig Buddies, plus the hundreds of others who will make their way around the famous venue.


The event takes place on Saturday 5 March. For more information, including how to buy your ticket, load up the link below.

- Spectating at the Mardi Gras with Gig Buddies: Saturday 5 March


If you have any questions about outings at the Art Gallery of NSW or our involvement with the Sydney Mardi Gras, send us an email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org, get in touch on Facebook Messenger or contact us via text or on the phone on either 0422 061 990 or 0412 145 819.

 

Pens and paper at the ready


As for our online plans for the week ahead, we invite buddies to get arty with us.

Join us on Thursday as we create two visual masterpieces. Have your texter, colouring pens and A4 paper at the ready!


In addition to Thursday’s event, we also invite buddies to connect with us at 4pm tomorrow (Tuesday 22/2) for our weekly chat. To attend get in touch via text: 0422 061 990 or Facebook Messenger.


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


Thursday 24 February

- 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.

 

A word from the pros


While an easing of restrictions has been announced, we’re going to continue pushing referral services for those who may be struggling.


Mental Health First Aid Australia have issued the following guidelines on assisting someone distressed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and they’re also providing mental health first aid in the time of ‘social distancing. Additionally, the team from ideas.org.au have shared their ‘look after your mental health in the COVID-19 crisis’ list of ideas.


reachout.com have also released their 10 ways to take care of yourself during coronavirus guide, while for those of you now working from home, Black Dog Institute have put together the following checklist to support your mental health.

 

We’re here to chat


From our perspective, while we’re not trained professionals, we are available for a chat.


For anyone experiencing increased social isolation, send a text or call us at 0402 708 814 (Gig Buddies Central Coast) or 0422 061 990 (Gig Buddies Sydney).


Alternatively, feel free to get in touch via Facebook Messenger or connect courtesy of email: info@gigbuddiescentralcoast.org or info@gigbuddiessydney.org

 

Matthew Collins

Gig Buddies Central Coast coordinator

info@gigbuddiescentralcoast.org

 

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