ICU Feedback – December

Dear Gogs,
This photo was shared with me with permission to share with the GOG community, in appreciation for this beautiful blanket that was gifted during a hospitalization and now continues to give joy and comfort at home.
Thank you GOGs. Xx

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Sometimes it is very difficult for a family member to come into our ICU environment, which for some people many be sensory overwhelming. In these situations we are discovering that if those family members are supported to choose a comfort item, to be placed on their loved ones bed to represent their absence, but show their support. Later the comfort goods will be taken home by the family member that chose it. My colleagues shared this with me and fed back how therapeutic it was.
You are doing good things. Kath Xx

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Craft and Conversation!

Today GOG in conjunction with Northside Community Service held its first ‘Craft and Conversation’ session at Margret Hendry School. The focus today was crochet and getting to know each other. It wasn’t long before chains as long as your arm were being skillfully made and the room was full of conversation and loads of laughter! πŸ€©

Thank you to everyone who joined us today, as well as the Northside Community Service and Margret Hendry School for making this possible. We look forward to seeing you all again next week! 😍

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Happy Christmas from GOG!

Thank you to all the Goodeze that were here today and to all our GOGS who couldn’t make it today, for all that you’ve done throughout the year! πŸ’ 

The spirit of Christmas was alive and well at the GOG Christmas Lunch at the Raiders Club today. From amazing Christmas, and non-Christmas themed goodies made with love for the Canberra Hospital, to some wonderfully inspired Secret Santa gifts, it really did feel like Christmas.

Of course, being a party there was also some fun and games, plenty of eating, a little drinking, lots of chatter and some wonderful Christmas inspired outfits, and being GOG, some hooking, some knitting and even some sewing in of last minute labels for donated goodies.

Huge thanks to the team who worked behind the scenes to make today happen and to everyone who came along, with a special shout out to our ‘Littlest Crochet Boss’, the Mission Stitchin’ crew and the wonderful Canberra Hospital team without whom all our stitching efforts wouldn’t be able to reach the people who need them most. It’s been an amazing year of growth and I can’t wait to see what the year ahead brings! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

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GOG Inventory and Cataloging

Doing inventory is quite a job! 🀯 Each item its photographed, then the photo is uploaded to the cloud where it’s link is copied and embedded on the spreadsheet next to the donor’s name for permanent record and future reference. Massive THANK YOU for all the initials on your tags!! You save us hours of guessing and texting back and forward!Β πŸ’•πŸ’•

When two of us work together it’s much faster, since one drives the laptop and the other takes photos and moves stock from the bench (to enter) to the table (complete, ready for sorting and packing). We’ve grown exponentially over the last year and have gone from cataloging 10 items after a working bee, to often over 60 in the past few months! So a huge thank you from me to Amanda. You have made this ever growing task more manageable and enjoyable.

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GOG Working Bee – 17 November

Thank you to everyone who came along to our last GOG WB for the month. In addition to the usual exchange of knowledge and ideas, show and tell, good cheer and laughter that we are all accustomed to, we felt very privileged to have a visit from a couple of very special people today, Ashleigh and her mum Sue. Ashleigh recently spent a significant amount of time in ICU and received several Goodies from GOG including the very special ‘Zeb’ the Dogster. She popped in today to share with us how important receiving these gifts from GOG were to her and her family and wanted us to pass on her thanks to everyone involved in making these special items. I would like to thank Ashleigh and Sue sincerely, for taking the time to pop in today and for her very precious feedback (and the box of chockies!)πŸ˜‰. We wish her all the very best for her continued and speedy recovery! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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‘Kind Awards’

What a surprise Tess, Mel and I had today. Our support of GOG was recognized and we were nominated for a ‘Kind Award’.
We received these pins by our Executive Director who thanked us for our support of the patient experience through the provision of the comfort care goods. We would like to acknowledge Carly Silberberg who took the time to write 3 nominations, who supported the project in its beginnings and who advocated for the project and sold the vision to our changing executive.
Today GOG was formally recognized for upholding the values of ACT Health being kind and creating exceptional care together.
Thanks GOGs, you do us proud.

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Meet GOGS Newest Goodies – Fiddle Mupsters!

Introducing our newest ‘Goodies’ – ‘Fiddle Mupsters’! 😁 Thanks to Kathryn, we now have a very special way to use the larger teddies and soft toys that are generously donated.

These’ Mupsters’ are designed to be used by patients with Alzheimers and Dementia and will help to provide comfort in a variety of ways. As well as having small crocheted items attached to keep fingers busy during distressing times, it is hoped that they will also be a soft furry companion to share the day with, or a comforting link to the past.Β πŸ˜„πŸ’–

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Halloween Hookey Time!

There was a touch of Halloween and a whole lot of creativity on show at another fabulous Good Omen Goodeze working bee as members stitched, ate and chatted their way through the afternoon.

As well as Mary giving us an update on GOG developments and the ‘most wanted’ goods requested … blankets/goodies in indigenous colours and also in ‘male’ colours (including footy colours) are in high demand, it was lovely to hear from Kath who works in Canberra Hospital ICU, and is the chief point of contact for GOG, about the amazing impact GOG’s handcrafted goodies can have on people who are often at their most vulnerable while in ICU.

As always the amazing pile of handcrafted creations that will be passed onto the Canberra Hospital was testament to the generosity and skill of members.

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