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 About Gig Buddies  Auckland 

Gig Buddies Auckland is an initiative of Spectrum Care, a registered Not For Profit organisation that supports people with disabilities to live independent and fulfilling lives here in Tamaki Makaurau, as well as other towns and cities across New Zealand.

Going to live events is something many of us take for granted. 

But for many people living with disability, going to a gig, watching live sport, or just meeting up with friends comes with additional challenges to overcome.  Things like social isolation, inaccessibility of venues and transport, and lack of evening and late-night support options. 

Gig Buddies, funded by Spectrum Foundation and other supporting organisations, promotes greater social inclusion by matching people with disabilities with volunteers who share the same interests and passions. 

They attend live events together, giving people with disabilities and volunteers the opportunity to connect with new people, experience new things, and make new friends. 

In this way, Gig Buddies enables people with disabilities across the city to participate in after-dark activities, building lasting friendships with like-minded volunteers in the process. 

 What do buddies do? 

Buddied-up participants and volunteers catch up once a month and choose the "gigs" they both want to go to together. A “gig” can be anything you want it to be!


Video Games



Mini Golf


Art Galleries

Food Markets

Craft Workshops







 Gig Buddies Values 


We believe that everyone, regardless of their abilities, deserves equal opportunities to participate in social and cultural events

We provide safe, inclusive spaces where everyone feels welcome


We empower people with disabilities to lead self-determined lives, by providing them with the opportunities, resources, and support they need to make their own choices


We treat all individuals with respect and dignity

We value every person’s unique perspective and experiences

 Other Gig Buddies Projects 

United Kingdom

  • Bedford

  • Belfast

  • Bradford

  • Bristol

  • Croydon

  • Glasgow

  • Mid Lothian and West Lothian

  • North Yorkshire

  • Nottinghamshire(Sports Buddies)

  • Oxford

  • Portsmouth

  • Hull and East Riding

  • Wales

​   Australia

  • Sydney

  • Central Coast

  • Gloucestershire

  • West and Central London

  • Dublin

Coming Soon

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