Gig Buddies Sydney launched in 2015 and, every year since, they’ve produced half year reports that outline some of the challenges they face when it comes to pairing up people - focussing on their imbalance of volunteers to gig buddies.
From a Central Coast perspective, while the project has been in existence for three months, the Sydney data provides a snapshot of the task at hand.
To better illustrate their point, the team at Gig Buddies Sydney created the following graphic, showcasing where they sit in terms of numbers (correct as of Monday 28 June).
Please note, Gig Buddies Central Coast is classified as ‘other’ on the map above.
As of Monday 28 June Gig Buddies (both Sydney and Central Coast) had a total of 540 volunteers and 219 buddies on their books. Of those numbers there were151 pairs, meaning the project had 68 buddies and 389 volunteers still waiting to be matched.
Conversely, in the report from 2019 - 2020, the Sydney project had a total of 501 volunteers and 175 buddies on their database. Of those numbers, 107 were paired up, resulting in a total 394 volunteers and 68 buddies without a match.
Like Sydney, we’re eager to get more participants paired up, and we’re calling on those who are currently signed up to recommend our services to anyone they know.
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.
As for Gig Buddies Central Coast, we are on the verge of announcing the project’s second pairing while a third match is a current work in progress. Furthermore, post lockdown, we’re looking at ways to improve our reach, launching face-to-face socials and working on additional initiatives to increase participant numbers.
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.
Food for thought
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