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FAQs

  • Who is Gig Buddies for?
    Gig Buddies participants are adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities and/or autism Participants need to be 18 years old or older
  • Is it just for young people?
    No, age is just a number for us, there are no age restrictions, other than being 18 and over.
  • How much does it cost to go to a gig?
    Both the buddy and volunteer pay for their own tickets and travel costs. Each pairing is different. Let us know if you want to spend money on gigs or set a spending limit.
  • Is it just about music?
    No, a 'gig' can be whatever you want it to be! It could be going to theatre, the movies, museums, art galleries, or watching live sports events. Whatever your interests are, we will try to find you a buddy who wants to do the same things as you.
  • How long does it take to be matched?
    At Gig Buddies, we recognize that everyone is different. We try to get to know each person as an individual, and match them with volunteers who share same interests. Age, gender, and location preferences are also considered, so it may take some time to make a match, and we cannot guarantee that everyone will find a buddy.
  • How do I sign up?
    Just click on "Become a buddy" at the top of this website, and go through the "Participant" sign up process.
  • How do I become a volunteer?
    We have partnered with the Student Volunteer Army to launch Gig Buddies Auckland. If you are interested in becoming a buddy, you can do so by clicking "Become a buddy" at the top of this website, then completing the Volunteer application.
  • Who operates Gig Buddies?
    Gig Buddies Auckland is an initiative of Spectrum Care, a non-profit that aims to support disabled people to live their lives of choice.
  • Do volunteers receive training?
    Yes, all volunteers are required to complete training before becoming a buddy.
  • What if the pairing doesn't work out?
    The Gig Buddies team will always be on hand to provide support to both volunteers and participants. If it doesn't work out, or your circumstance change, we'll offer support to see if there's something we can do - and that may include finding a new buddy.
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