Building Capacity (2019- 2022) (Grant: $25,000 a year for 3 years)

During tough times (such as illness, accident, sudden death, divorce, drought, natural disaster) there can be a breakdown between those in need and the people in their network who are able to ‘lend a hand’.

This can lead to feelings of isolation and vulnerability that correlate with negative outcomes such as depression, anxiety, distress, financial burden and family breakdown. Gather My Crew (GMC) directly supports the creation of stronger support networks by connecting those in need with those who have something they can give.

Their user-friendly and free rostering tool enables people in need to (i) pre-emptively identify current and future needs, (ii) actively ask for help and (iii) coordinate willing supporters to meet these needs. In this way, Gather My Crew users are empowered to foster stronger coping and ameliorate the stress inherent in tough times. There is no other Australian non-profit organisation using technology to address these issues and engage these vulnerable individuals.

They currently have several families supporting older parents to remain independent and ‘share the caring load’ among children and grandchildren. Gather my Crew is still in a ‘start-up phase’ and this grant will provide them with the support to hire an additional staff member to build up their team and support the organisation to become sustainable in the long term.

(Grant: $25,000 a year for 3 years)