Being a Gig Buddy means working one on one with a person who has a learning disability. They will be known as your 'buddy'. You will be paired with this person based on any interests you share.
Being a Gig Buddy involves attending an event with a person who has a learning disability, meeting up with them as often as your gig requires.
You will also help them to choose the event and help with practical/transport arrangements.
You will be part of a growing community of ‘Sound People’ here in Midlothian, who encourage people with a learning disability to have the social life they choose.
Gig Buddy volunteer requirements
At Gig Buddies, we don’t require our volunteers to have any previous experience in a supporting role. However, if you are thinking of apply to volunteer with us, we do ask that you are:
- Able to help a person with a learning disability to make decisions about what kind of events they’d like to go to.
- Able to commit to a day of training, and then to meet up with your buddy twice a month.
- You need to be friendly and kind, with a good sense of humour.
- Willing to get to know somebody well and have a good Gig Buddying relationship with them, based on mutual respect and shared interests.
- Committed to Thera (Scotland)’s vision to ensure that people with a learning disability are enabled to live active social lives and make their own choices about how they live.
- Proactive and reliable – part of the role is to arrange gigs to go to with your buddy.
- Because Gig Buddies is all about getting to know someone, we ask that you will be around for at least a year.
Apply to become a Gig Buddy