...but what does the family really need?

Kayla's husband died suddenly leaving her a single Mum of 3 teenage boys. It happened in June - and her eldest boys were in Year 12 and Year 10 at the time. Kayla's biggest concern was finding ways to keep the boys lives as 'normal' as…

Instead of dropping off a meal... try this.

At the local primary school my children attended, we were quick to rally around and support families in need. We became experts at baking cakes,  lasagnes and casseroles. And prided ourselves on our collective ability to support a family by…

The essential role played by friends and family

A few years ago I was working as a psychologist supporting people with cancer and I sat down with a woman who had just finished her last chemotherapy treatment. You would expect this to be a happy time - triumphant even - but the first thing…

How Gather My Crew began...

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I have spent almost 20 years supporting people and families going through crisis. As a psychologist, my job involves helping people find a way through the chaos and confusion. Supporting them to put one foot in front of the other until they…

10 helpful hints from Gather My Crew users...

1. Don’t try to set everything up at once Filling everything out at once can get overwhelming – and takes time. I found it much easier to set up just a few tasks to get things rolling – and then come back and add some more over the next…

5 tips for schools using Gather My Crew...

Gather My Crew is a perfect solution for schools trying to coordinate help and support for members of their community. Many schools are great at coordinating meals for families in need but there is so much more that the school can offer –…

Top 10 ways you can help...

When someone we know is going through a tough time, it is a natural response to want to offer some help. Many of us show our desire to help by giving flowers or cooking a meal. And while these offers of support come from a place of love...…

Why we must stop saying 'let me know if I can help'...

Earlier this year, and after several years of treatment, my beautiful mum passed away. The five weeks leading up to her death were equal parts sacred and brutal on my body, mind and soul as days were consumed with travel and care for her, emotional…

Why new parents need our help...

I am a Midwife at a large private hospital. I see families who overwhelmed by their new situation everyday. Most families struggle with the huge change that comes with a new addition to the family. It is a big enough change when everything…

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