Anyone going through a tough time will benefit from Gather My Crew.
You can read about how Gather My Crew helps people reach out to their support network to get the ‘right kind of help’ in our testimonials below.
These testimonials are from Gather My Crew users (Gatherers and Crew Members) and the clinicians that refer people to Gather My Crew.
“Being able to use this tool has been life changing. I do not know how I could have coped over these past months without it”. Helen. Gatherer
“I just wanted to say how wonderful this is. We live in a teeny rural town in Victoria and have a close friend that has been struck down with a rare virus. We have now set up a Gather My Crew group. Thank you! it is perfect!” Kate. Gatherer
“Our friend (a wife and mother of two young children) was facing life threatening surgery last year. Her recovery period was expected to be long and physically challenging. Gather My Crew was recommended to us. It was truly AMAZING. Once it was step up – all the Gatherer needed to do was occasionally check-in to the website to ensure all was going well. We could not have helped the family as seamlessly without Gather My Crew”. Lynn. Gatherer
“A friend set up Gather My Crew for my family when I experienced health complications and extended hospitals stays meant my husband needed support in caring for our family. We have no immediate family living nearby, so the support we received was invaluable. We were thankful for the different areas that help was provided – from transporting children to and from school, to meal support and even visiting rosters! It was helpful to have a central location to direct people to who offered help, and to have all the information in the one location. Accepting help is not always easy, so having the website was an easier option and less confronting. People who helped were also able to determine their own capacity, which was less burdensome. Thanks our providing such a service – I know it won’t be the last time we use it”. Anonymous. Gatherer
“I have been using Gather my Crew since May 2018. It has been invaluable with getting help initially after surgery, when I wasn’t able to drive for 6 weeks, but had 2-3 appointments per week. Now it has transitioned into helping me get to and from chemotherapy treatments on a weekly basis. The thing I love the most is that I just had to as people once if they wanted to help out and then I just leave them to decide when they can do it. I need the help, but don’t have to feel bad every time I am asking for more help. It also makes it so much easier for me to navigate this whole cancer experience because this one thing is managed for me”. Jodie. Gatherer
“We have a church member who was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer and had to have a major operation. Lots of people wanted to help so Gather My Crew has been great for putting all the tasks in. The suggested tasks were wide ranging and very helpful and it was easy to add new tasks. I sat down for an hour with her, talked about what she needed, made notes and then put it all together. Once it was all set up the family were able to look at it and add in little bits as needed which has been great, as it was too much for them earlier on. It has been very helpful to lessen the load of coordinating yet making sure that they are well looked after. The support is great – prompt and helpful”. Melbourne Church Group. Gatherers
“I have found the Gather My Crew very useful and have been able to help a friend out while she’s undergoing chemotherapy treatment which has made me feel like I am actually doing something rather than just sitting back feeling helpless while she struggles. The site is very easy to use and has been so helpful. I would recommend it to anyone in need of assistance at a difficult time in their life. It takes the pressure off people trying to coordinate meal rosters etc, and enables the person who needs the help to schedule exactly what tasks/meals they need help with and when it suits them. Thanks for creating such a wonderful resource for people who really need help”. Meesha. Crew Member
“Great idea. I love the periodic updates on what tasks are coming up that you’ve signed on for and I love that it flags tasks that haven’t yet been taken up. I had an example of that a few weeks ago. The update came through for a dinner task (that day) which had not been allocated. I happened to be home and had some time so I could fill the task request – and I’m guessing that Karen probably had no idea that it was last minute, which is good as she has enough to worry about! I would definitely recommend this as a tool for anyone in need”. Kristine. Crew Member
“The hardest this is wanting to help, but being restricted by my own family, work and study commitments. I want to be there and be useful, but I don’t want to exhaust, harass or make things harder for her. With Gather My Crew, when I have a spare minute, I can check her tasks/calendar and commit to what I can, when I can. It feels great not having to burden her with my schedule amidst the juggle that comes with coordinating assistance. I love that she is in control of who she invites to join her Crew and what help she asks for. The fact that I had to wait for an invite and couldn’t just sign up/offer makes the system more personal than other sign up sites I have used. I know that I am helping with exactly what she needs – not what someone else thinks she needs. I also love how much easier it makes her communication with her people. We all want to make the lives of our friends who are going through a hard time as easy as possible, so a system that allows that is wonderful”. Linda. Crew Member
“Gather My Crew is a brilliant service. It assists people in their greatest time of need to gain the assistance that they actually need, which is a much harder process than it seems. Many times families in need are bombarded with help (like lasagne or cupcakes) – but not the practical support they might need and most likely would not ask for. The difference Gather My Crew can make to the family needing assistance is enormous. Most people find it very difficult to ask for help and most people want to help friends and family in time of need but don’t know what to do. Gather My Crew makes a real difference”. Carmel Gamble. Breast Cancer Clinical Nurse Consultant. Holy Spirit Northside Hospital. Brisbane
“One of the greatest potential resources people have in times of need is their community of friends, family and supporters. Unfortunately mobilising that resource is not easy so it is all too often under-utilised or untapped. Gather My Crew helps solve that challenge and enables communities to gather around those who need support. I am impressed by how its skillfully designed features address the key challenges that come up time and again for families who need support and I am sure that it will be an invaluable asset to people who use it and for their communities”. Tim Rogers. Head of Professional Standards and Practice. RedKite.
“This is a great initiative. Gather My Crew provides families with the practical assistance from those around them to support them when dealing with a cancer diagnosis and its treatment”. Kate Thompson. Manager. The Victorian Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Service.
“Gather My Crew is a great way to ensure that people get the help they need. Getting 10 frozen casseroles isn’t helpful. Enabling people to know what is needed and to pick the tasks they feel they can do means that real help is achieved. It’s hard to ask people to do a particular task because you don’t want to put them on the spot and make them feel they should do something they may not be comfortable doing. For Crew Members to be able to pick how they help makes it all much easier and much easier and more likely that the person in crisis will actually ask for help and, therefore, get that help. Great idea”. Anne. Health Clinician