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March movements

Are you looking to catch up with your fellow gig buddies next month?

In March we bring you five events: a trip to the beach, a movie premiere, live music, tram rides and karaoke!


First up, we invite buddies to join us at Central Coast’s Copacabana Beach on Saturday 4/3. We then head to Sydney’s Universal Pictures Theatre for a premiere screening of Woody Harrelson’s new film, Champions.


Next stop is Castle Hill RSL for a night of 80s hits (Saturday 12/3), and day later we venture south - checking out Sydney Tramway Museum in Loftus.

And we conclude our March movements with a spot of karaoke at Strike Macquarie (Saturday 18/3).

To find out more about our plans for next month (and to book your place), load up the links below:


If you have any questions about our forthcoming 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.

 

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: info@gigbuddiessydney.org

 

The results are in


We recently reached out the community, asking for thoughts and feedback on how we could improve the project.

One suggestion put forward was for buddies to expand their social circles with others who may live locally. While we love the idea, we explained that due to the ongoing work involved in facilitating the project, staff do not have the capacity to drive such a program.


Therefore, we made an appeal to see if this is something that could be facilitated by buddies.


The results of our survey suggest that such a plan could be implemented at our own Gig Buddies social events: of those surveyed, 100% said they had attended one of our gatherings; 70% said they had made new friends at one of our events, while 90% of respondents said they would like to meet new friends at one of our facilitated gigs.


We love hosting our events. They’re a great opportunity for people to come together and meet others. While Gig Buddies staff will continue to do their very best in ensuring everyone is included in conversations and the like, we are also on hand to assist anyone who may feel left out.


We want to keep the flow and spontaneity of our events. Indeed, we do not want to create ‘speed dating' type gatherings, where people talk to each other for three minutes and then move on. Our catch ups are friendly, welcoming and fun - and we want to keep that energy.


To help, we're going to create a ‘social infographic’ that will be attached to the emails sent to event attendees. This image will include tips, suggestions and ideas on how to engage, interact and make new friends at our gatherings.


We’re going to lean on the project’s user-led team, Soul Fly Buddies, to help come up with a suitable graphic. Once ready, we’ll share the image within the newsletter and social media, before going out on all emails.

 

Rain stops play


Unfortunately, Saturday’s planned meet up at North Sydney Oval for the Whitney Houston’s biopic, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, did not go ahead due to the wet weather.


We’ll be in touch with attendees about a refund and/or a plan B.

 

March with us


We have two spots available for the Sydney WorldPride 2023 Pride March, taking place on Sunday 5 March.

We, alongside thousands of others, will be walking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The stroll starts in North Sydney at 8.50am. The total distance is 4km, attendees will be walking for approximately two hours.


For more information on the Sydney WorldPride 2023 Pride March, click here.


A meeting place and time are yet to be confirmed. A total of eight marchers will represent Gig Buddies; to be the final two reach out via Facebook Messenger, email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org or text/ phone call on 0411 252 228.

 

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.

 

And finally….


Our friends from Northern Pictures, makers of Love on the Spectrum, Employable Me and ABC’s current docuseries, Better Date Than Never, have been in touch.

For those not in the know, Better Date Than Never is currently showing on Tuesday nights on ABC1. The docuseries follows a diverse group of single love seekers as they take their first step into the dating world.

Producers are now working on a second series - and they’re looking for single people, based anywhere in Australia, who are interested in dating but have never been on a date.

If you or someone you know would like more information, get in touch with the team at Northern Pictures via email: casting@northernpictures.com.au

 

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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