Gig Buddies is a befriending project that matches an adult with a mild to moderate learning disability and/or autism with a volunteer with similar interests to attend gigs and events together.
What do Gig Buddies do together?
Gig Buddies catch up together and see live music gigs, theatre, sport, visit cafes, art galleries, museums, play golf, surf and much more... it depends on the things you and your buddy like doing together.
The Gig Buddies team also host regular group social events. These events are open to all participants.
Gig Buddies group events are a way to meet new people. Group events so far have included: live music gigs, parties, pub trivia, theatre, watching sport (AFL, NRL, cricket, ice hockey, netball, roller derby and more) bush walks, comedy, comic con, art galleries, and much more!
Who is Gig Buddies for?
A Gig Buddies participant is an adult with mild to moderate learning disabilities and/or autism, who wants to make new friends and go to events with a gig buddy.
A Gig Buddies volunteer is someone who wants to expand their social circles, make new friends and go to event with a Gig Buddies participant.
What are the benefits?
All of the above can lead to better mental health and wellbeing!
Publicly available mental health information and self-help resources.
Self-help resources and low intensity interventions, including digital mental health, group and peer supports.
A mix of self-help resources, including digital mental health and low intensity interventions. Also psychological services for individuals who require them.
High intensity services including periods of intensive intervention that may involve multidisciplinary support. Where issues may be persistent or episodic without a high level of risk, complexity or disability.
Intensive team-based specialist assessment and intervention (typically state/territory mental health services) with involvement from a range of different mental health professionals including case managers, psychiatrists, allied health workers, and GPs. Includes a high level of risk, disability or complexity.