Gig Buddies is a befriending scheme that matches people with a learning disability in South Wales* and North Wales* with a volunteer who shares the same interests, so they can go to gigs and events together.
(*In South Wales we are funded to deliver the project in Bridgend, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf, and Merthyr. In North Wales we are funded to deliver the project in all six counties (Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham.)
We will be launching our Gig Buddies North Wales project during our annual conference in November. We are extremely grateful to First Choice Housing Association and the Learning Disability Transformation Programme for all their support to get us off the ground and to all members of the Gig Buddies North Wales Steering Group who are working with us on the projects’ developments.
Gig Buddies specifically focuses on events that happen in the evenings, such as concerts, in order to break the many barriers that stop people with a learning disability going out at night and staying up late.
These barriers include lack of support, or inflexible support that forces people to leave events early. Other obstacles include transport, confidence, safety, and accessibility of venues and events. Most importantly, Gig Buddies are free to choose what their ‘gig’ is and when and where they want to go.
A ‘gig’ can be a concert or a festival, but it can also be a rugby match, a trip to a museum or theme park, or a visit to the beach. Your Gig Buddy could be a Football Buddy, a Bowling Buddy, a Rambling Buddy, a Quiz Buddy, a Roller Skating Buddy, a Surfing Buddy. If you find it difficult to get to events and gigs a Gig Buddy can make this possible for you. It’s all down to you to tell us what kind of Buddy you want!
If you are over 18 and live in South Wales (Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, RCT, Vale of Glamorgan) or North Wales (Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham), and would like a Gig Buddy to get out more – or know someone with a learning disability and/or autism who would benefit from having a Gig Buddy – then please contact our Gig Buddies team.
Our Gig Buddies team is Lyndsey Richards, Project Manager, Kai Jones, Project Coordinator, and Kylie Smith, Project Coordinator. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 029 2068 1160. You can also follow Gig Buddies Cardiff / Ffrindiau Gigiau Caerdydd on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.