NSW

Promoting the rights of people with disability, who require a companion, to fair ticketing at events and venues

Winter 2017. . .

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Snow time in the Gardens is an affiliated event that will be a winter wonderland extravaganza. The event is being held in Hunter Valley Gardens (24 June - 16 July, 2017) and will feature activities such as ice tobogganing, ice-skating a snow time play zone and carnival rides.
Visit: http://www.huntervalleygardens.com.au

The Wagga Wagga Masters games being held in October (6 - 8) will be accepting Companion Cards and will have over 1400 participants across 20 sporting codes. Hosted in some of Wagga Wagga’s finest sporting facilities, participants will strive to obtain the highly sought after Wagga Wagga Masters Games Gold Medals.
Visit: http://www.waggamasters.com.au/

Companion Card Cardholders have been very excited about snapping up tickets to Ed Sheeran’s Sydney Concerts when he returns to Australia in 2018. The Ticketek special needs line went down temporarily due to the high volume of calls received as people anxiously tried to purchase tickets to his shows.
Ticketek: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/

The Companion Card survey results are in - card holders are delighted!

In a recent survey conducted on NSW Companion Card cardholders, over 70% of the people we spoke to use their card weekly or monthly!

A sample from our 24,000 card holders told us they accessed preferred venues and the overall consensus was that cardholders are delighted with the card’s ease of use and immediate recognition at ticketed events and venues.

“It certainly provides a lot more options. . .” Card holder for 18 months.

Movies, theatre, live shows and sporting events were popular with most cardholders.

Travelling with carers on public transport is an issue our cardholders told us was helped by the card.

“It has allowed carers to take him to more places as they don’t incur cost. . . ” New card holder.

Thousands of venues and ticketed events across NSW accept Companion Card and we are always sourcing new affiliates. The NSW card is readily accepted in other states as long as venues/events are affiliated with the program in their home state.

“It’s very good, saves me money. . . ” Card holder of four years.

Of the sample contacted, 95% of the cardholders surveyed reported a strongly positive response when asked if they found the card improved their ability to participate in community events.

“I have had no problems pre ordering and picking up tickets. . . ” Three years using Companion Card.

Most concerts staged by the bigger overseas touring artists will accept Companion Card with the two major ticketing agencies catering to special needs bookings. Dedicated special needs ticketing lines can be used to purchase tickets and cardholders must quote the card number and expiry date when ordering complimentary carer tickets.

“Absolutely yes, couldn’t afford outings without it. . .” Cardholder since 2009.

Overwhelmingly, our research has affirmed the effectiveness of NSW Companion Card as a useful resource for people with a disability attending community events and travelling with carers.

Hammondville Day Out

Companion Card paid the residents of Hammondville Nursing Home a visit for a morning of farm animals, Devonshire tea and a children's choir on Friday September, 19.

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UPCOMING SEMINAR FOR HEALTH AND DISABILITY PROFESSIONALS

Mental Health and Disability: When You Tick More Than One Box.

This is a free seminar for health and disability professionals, carers, family and support workers.

Join us for a day, hear speakers cover a range of issues, details attached.

To RSVP, please call Companion Card during business hours on: 1800 893 044.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us during business hours on: 1800 893 044.

We look forward to seeing you at this event.

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JAN'S STORY

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“I received my Companion Card in early March this year and I have used it many times since. In the past my community access was restricted due to the fact I had to pay not only my way, but my carers’ way also, which made it very expensive. Since receiving the Companion Card I have used it on Public Transport including ferries and the RiverCat service; I have also been to the movies several times and to date I haven’t blown my budget. I am looking forward to visiting Taronga Park Zoo, the Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour and various sporting events. Other venues such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show and other live entertainment events held throughout the year are also on my to do list.”

“The Companion Card is a wonderful initiative which has made community access more affordable for people with disability like myself and their companions (carers). I know many people who are house bound due to financial limitations, the Companion Card program should now open many doors for people with disability who were previously unable to access social activities in the community."

Companion Card Winner!

Congratulations go to Companion Card Cardholder Tony who recently won the Companion Card Strictly Ballroom Competition! His winning submission described his Sydney Opera House experience when he went to see the Opera LaTraviata.

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