GoG Working Bee and House Warming!

On the 30th of June GoG moved into our new digs at the University of Canberra Hospital in Bruce! The following is a roundup of the day! 😊

There’s an advantage to being a member of GOG; you can share in a wonderful afternoon of chatting, creating and coffee in a very comfortable room at the University Hospital.😊

Outside might have been cold and grey, but today GOG members were very warm while finishing projects and sharing creative ideas with each other at our inaugural Working Bee at UCH.

At the end of our session we were gifted several blankets, comfort toys, Gogsters, beanies and socks from our members. It was wonderful to see so many members, old and new and all of your amazing work! We continue to grow in strength because of your dedication and creativity and the generosity of those who support us in our endeavours. πŸ’–

Thank you especially to Danielle from UCH for her assistance with arranging our new digs! 

Goodeze one and all! πŸ˜† Goodeze …Goody, goody, yum, yum! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜†πŸ’•πŸ’–

The Goodeze…. goody goody yum yum! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜†πŸ˜‰πŸ’–
Amanda our Crochet Guru! πŸ’•
Love the teaching and learning that goes on at our WB’s. πŸ’œπŸ’œ
The girls hard at work! Thanks to Wendy, Vicki and my beautiful Zo for all their help setting up. πŸ’–πŸ’•
Where are you going with those Goodies Wendy! πŸ€”πŸ˜†πŸ’•πŸ’–
Leanne with ‘Kip’, started on Knit in Public Day! πŸ˜
Robin with her gorgeous goodies and her very special Gogster ‘Maria’. πŸ’–
One of our lovely new members, Robyn and her gorgeous shawl! πŸ’œ
Sarjit with one of the two beautiful blankets made by the students of Campbell High. πŸ’•
Everyone snug and warm and enjoying the atmosphere!

Beautiful Blues

30 June – Gifted this beautiful royal blue and light blue blanket today to the most lovely man. He has had a long hospital admission. He was so gracious about receiving the blanket and he wanted to relay how important volunteering is to the community and what a difference these hand made gifts are to the human soul and spirit in vulnerable times.

He said to me that the GOGs represent to him caring, community and connections. – Kath

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Kathleen, that is such precious feedback! Thank you to you and all the other staff who comment for keeping us at GoG updated with patient comments and feedback. It fuels our tanks and inspires more ideas and new projects. β€ – Amanda

That’s beautifully said Kath , thank you for all the kindness, an to those whom make such wonderful things. – Pete

Write that response in Gold! – Tess

SFX Woolverines Strike Again! 😍

The latest ‘bag of goodies’ donated by the wonderful ‘Woolverines’ of SFX! 😍 The number of participating students continues to grow and in this weather, I can’t think of a better way to spend a cold Canberra lunchtime than with a hot chocolate and a cosy warm Goodie on your hook! Thank you to the students and to Sue for continuing to support our very special project!Β πŸ’•πŸ’–

TCH Agog with Gogsters!

Our new Gogsters ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Legolas’ arrived in the Family Room today to join ‘Raider’. Jane and Tanya our social workers orientated them to their new role of providing comfort care.

Tom our industrious ward clerk just loves his GOG therapy time with Raider!

There has been lots of positive feedback from our staff about the comfort the Gogsters and teddies are bringing this winter.
Thanks GOGs – Kathleen

Our Clinical Care Coordinator Sister Bea is one of our many staff raving about the positive effect the comfort goods are having on our patients over this harsh winter. These goods in the photos found themselves to the right patients today.
Thank you GOGs for all you do! – Kathleen

Great News ! There has been another Gogster Adoption!
Here is one of our staff members Rose saying goodbye to dear sweet ‘Pemberton’ as he leaves to give care and comfort to a very special young man.
Good luck Pemberton  – Kathleen Xx

QI Project on the Move!

Its offical!
Last week we started our register and are formally tracking the comfort goods from GOG for our quality improvement project on how the comfort goods effect the patient experience.

We appreciate how you are labeling the goods for us and are grateful to
Sister Sharyn who has been keeping our comfort goods cupboard stocked 
Thank you GOG! – Kathleen

World Wide Knit in Public Day 2019 Roundup!

What a fabulous day today turned out to be! We had lots of interest in GOG and our projects and it was wonderful to be able to connect with like minded souls & the greater community through knitting & crochet. 

Thank you to the many members of the public who turned out today to share their enthusiasm and love for stitching and a warm welcome to all our new members who signed up today! Since our last KIP Day, our Facebook membership has grown from 15 to 200!! I wonder where we’ll be at this time next year!! πŸ˜ I look forward to seeing you again at one of our Working Bees! πŸ˜Š

Thank you to all the Goodeze who came along and made it such a success! Pat yourselves on the back for a job well done! (Can you tell I work in a school!) πŸ˜‰ β­β­

Finally, thank you to Meghan and Cass from Westfield, for their support and a huge thank you to the many people who donated yarn or purchased tickets in our raffle. I can’t wait for Knit in Public Day 2020!! πŸ’–πŸ’œ

Mission Stitchin’ Super Stitchers!

Horsing around with the Super Stitchers at Mission Stitchin’ this afternoon. 😁 It was like Christmas in June!Β πŸŽπŸŽ„Β Bags of fabric were exchanged for gorgeous gowns, knee rugs and bandanas which we tested and found to be just perfect! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

Thank you to Pat, June, Christine, Lynn, May, Lucie and Yvonne! You’re all beautiful people and you always make my day! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œπŸ’–πŸ’•

Dear Gogs,

We continue to learn how invaluable the comfort goods that you make are in helping us to give exemplary care to our patients and their families. This week all our Gogsters were adopted!

We found that the different textures of wool and different tones of colour were a great source of comfort for a patient that was seeking sensory calm in our overwhelming technical ward.

The Gogster helped calm the patient down as they continued to run their hand over the different variations of wool. I even found that Gogsters help reduce pain as they evoke laughter. I felt privileged that one was named after me in appreciation, Lady Kathleen.

The sweet bunnies were a great source of comfort and judging by the instant attachment of their new owners will be a special treasure.

Once again, on behalf of our staff, thank you for bringing comfort into our patients lives in difficult days. – Kathleen