A large group of people all wearing running shirts saying Gig Buddies

We’re thrilled to have 13 runners taking on the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday, 2nd October, and raising much-needed money for Gig Buddies!
All of the money raised goes to helping us match adults with a learning disability and/or autism with a volunteer Gig Buddy who shares the same interests, so they can attend gigs and other events together.
Here’s all our runners and links for their fundraising pages. You can support Gig Buddies by sponsoring one of our runners. Thank you so much everyone – and best of luck at the Cardiff Half!

About Gig Buddies

Gig Buddies Cymru matches people with a learning disability with someone without a learning disability who shares the same interests, so they can go to gigs and events together.

Gig Buddy partnerships get together to have fun at loads of different events and activities like wrestling matches, concerts, football matches and more.

In South Wales we cover Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, and Vale of Glamorgan. In North Wales we cover all six counties – Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, and Wrexham.

Why we need your support

Our project is making a real difference for people with a learning disability. Having a Gig Buddy means that people have a new friend to be with. Often people with a learning disability name paid staff as their friend and don’t have the chance to have the social life they want. Having a Gig Buddy helps reduce people’s loneliness and social isolation, can improve their health and well being, their confidence and having a social life and some serious fun!

Our project cannot keep up with the demand with the current resources we have. We currently have a waiting list of people wanting to join the project in South and North Wales. The word is spreading!

Your sponsorship money will help us increase the number of people who can join the project and find volunteers to match with people to be a Gig Buddy pair.

Find out what Gig Buddies means to Tom and his Gig Buddy Sam.