Gig Buddies launches in Australia – official press release

  •  PaulR
  •  14/02/2015
  •  News

GIG BUDDIES LAUNCHES IN AUSTRALIA 

Gig Buddies tonight launched in Australia with an event in Sydney at UNSW Roundhouse in Kensington. This unique program links adults who have a learning disability to a volunteer who has similar interests in music, or other activities, to go out together.

Already successful in the UK, Gig Buddies aims to ensure that people with learning disabilities don’t miss out on evening social activities, such as gigs, clubbing or theatre. The project aims to address the social isolation faced by many people with learning disabilities, by enabling them to make friends with other members of their community who have a similar interest to them.

“The initiative is based on the UK version of the program, which has had wide spread success,” said Sean Willenberg, Project Coordinator of Gig Buddies Sydney.

“We identified a need here and felt that Sydney and Australia would benefit from such an amazing concept. To be able to give people with learning disabilities the access to the sort of social opportunities that many of us take for granted is something that we hope to achieve and build on.

“To see how the project has now grown in the UK and how it has started to grow in Sydney with so many people benefitting from it already, we are keen for many more people to benefit.”

The initiative has so far enrolled 16 Gig Buddy participants in Australia and Sean said he was hoping to double the number of Gig Buddy participants and volunteers by October 2015.

“Gig Buddies attracts people of all ages and all types of musical taste – from heavy metal to musicals, indie to club nights,” he said.

The program was appropriately launched with a night of music at UNSW Roundhouse including Triple J Unearthed acts Seek The Silence and Bloods.

To get involved with Gig Buddies Sydney visit www.gigbuddiessydney.org

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