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GCAIS Supports the “Racism it stops with Me” Campaign

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GCAIS is proud to have joined forces with some of Australia’s leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGO’s to support the “Racism. It Stops With Me” campaign.
Our organisation has committed to preventing racism by pledging to undertake activities in support of the campaign.
“Here at GCAIS we open our doors to people from all walks of life and are pleased to be a supporter of an initiative such as this which reflects our organisation’s purpose of celebrating inclusiveness, independence and participation”. Joanne Cracknell, General Manager .

Research from 2011 shows that one in seven Australians say they experienced discrimination because of their colour or background. This figure that has been increasing steadily in recent years.

Research has also shown that 70 percent of people agree that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people are prejudiced against each other.

The national “Racism. It stops with me” campaign, which is being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission, has been developed by a partnership of government and non-government agencies.

For more information about the campaign go to: http://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au/

Or follow the campaign on Twitter @ItStopsWithMe.

NEW: Berrima Day Trip

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Join us for a trip to historic Berrima. A lovely day trip for morning tea in the park and a shop around this historic town

Your day will include:
– A visit to Historic Berrima
– Travel
– Morning Tea
BYO lunch to have in the park or you can purchase your own lunch at one of the Cafes
WHEN: 27th February 2018
WHERE: Bus pick up and drop off from our office at 39 Gymea Bay Rd Gymea.
TIME: 9:00am to 2:00pm
COST: $25pp

Reserve and pay for your place by 13th February at the front desk or through your group leader. Payment by EFTPOS is now available. For more information contact Christine or Rita on 95259559 or, christine.valentine@gcais.ngo.org.au

EFTPOS Facility NOW Available

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Not wanting to carry around as much as cash or, make the effort to ensure you have the right change? We are pleased to be able to offer our Clients, access to EFTPOS when making payments for day excursions and group outings.

EFTPOS is now available at our front desk and, through our group leaders when participating in day groups. Debit, Visa and Mastercards are accepted.

Please see your group leader for more information, email aged@gcais.ngo.org.au or, call Rita Napolitano or Joanne Cracknell on 95249559 .

Volunteers Required for New Product Launch

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GCAIS are inviting interested parties to apply for the following positions that will be effective from March 2018:

Volunteers: Outings

  • To prepare itineraries for groups wishing to travel on one day trips
  • Liaise with destinations such as restaurants, unique business and/or places of interest and negotiate reasonable pricing for groups
  • Place bookings for all requested services included in outings
  • Monitor websites and social media platforms and respond to enquiries
  • Act as a guide for large groups
  • To represent the organisation and promote a positive image
  • Provide feedback and evaluation of new products back to management and support the new strategy

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one day per week. 3-4 volunteers may be required to support this new product line. All applications will have an opportunity to input into the final product offering. At minimum, candidates should be competent in 3 of the skills listed below:
– Leveraging social networks to promote the services of the organisation
– Basic office applications
– Event management or experience in the travel industry would be preferred but not essential
– Experience in a customer facing role and/or frontline sales – preferred but not essential

 Volunteers: Special Interest Groups 

  • Design and Deliver speciality sessions to  small groups
  • Partner with GCAIS to develop course material, organise “unique” venues and experiences to deliver the content
  • Monitor websites and social media platforms and respond to enquiries
  • To represent the organisation and promote a positive image
  • Provide feedback and evaluation of new products back to management and support the new strategy

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one day per fortnight. 3-4 volunteers may be required to support this new product line. All applications will have an opportunity to input into the final product offering. At minimum, candidates should be competent in 3 of the skills listed below:
– Leveraging social networks to promote the services of the organisation
– Basic office applications
– Training course design and facilitation and/or a subject matter in a special interest skill or program
– Experience in a customer facing role
– Evaluation and assessment

If you are interested in these volunteering opportunities, please contact Joanne Cracknell, General Manager at joanne.cracknell@gcais.ngo.org.au

 

 

NEW!!!Port Hacking Scenic River Cruise

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Join us for a tour of Port Hacking River.
Enjoy a relaxed morning on the Hacking River, one of Sydney’s most unspoilt waterways, with breathtaking views of the Royal National Park.
Your day will include:

  • A visit to Port Hacking
  • 3-hour Scenic River Cruise
  • Travel
  • Morning Tea
  • Stunning Views

WHEN: 30th January 2018
WHERE: Bus pickup and drop off from Gymea Community Aid and Information Service, 39 Gymea Bay Rd Gymea.
TIME: 9.30am-2.00pm
COST: $40

Reserve and pay for your place by 8th January at the GCAIS Front Desk or through your group leader. Priority will be given to those over 65. Bookings for under 65s will be open from 22nd January 2018.

 

For more information, contact Christine Valentine, Community Connections Team Leader on 95249559 or email christine.valentine@gcais.ngo.org.au

Christmas Closure Dates

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Gymea Community Aid and Information Service will be closed to our Clients and the public from 22nd December 2017 to 8th January 2018. Look in our EVENTS tab for up to date session and outing times. Our January 2018 calendar can also be downloaded here.

On behalf of our Management Team, Staff and Volunteers, we wish you a happy and safe Christmas and look forward to delivering services that support you being independent, participative and included in 2018 and beyond !!!

 

 

The Gardening Club is back!!!!!

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Due to popular demand, our weekly gardening club is back. If you answer “yes” to all or most of the following then we hope to see you really soon: 

Do you:
– Enjoy gardening?
– Don’t have access to a garden?
– Have gardening skills to share with others?
– Want to learn new gardening skills?

Come and spend the morning with us at the Gardening Club

WHEN; Every Tuesday from 21st November
TIME: 10:00am to 12:00pm
WHERE: Gymea Community Aid and Information Service, 39 Gymea Bay Rd Gymea.

For more information contact Kalpna Patel , Community Worker on 0295259559 or email reception@gcais.ngo.org.au

 

NEW!!! Do you like Poetry???

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Do you like Poetry? Want to try Writing it? Reading it? or Listening to others?

A fun, new poetry group is looking for new members. No formalities. beginners are welcome. Just a love of or interest in writing and poetry required.

WHEN: 21st November
TIME: 7pm-9pm
COST: Gold coin donation
WHERE: Gymea Community Aid and Information Service, 39 Gymea Bay Rd Gymea

For more information call Kalpna Patel, Community Worker on 0295249559 or email reception@gcais.ngo.org.au

NEW: Exercise Programs Supervised by Peak Health Exercise Physiologist

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Are you:

  • A cancer survivor?
  • Have Osteoarthritis or Osteoporosis?
  • Dealing with chronic pain?
  • At risk of falls?
  • Over 65 years of age?

Build strength and increase cardio vascular health with this 5-week exercise program. carers welcome to participate.
GP clearance required

WHEN: Tuesdays for 5 weeks, commencing on 10th October 2017
WHERE: Peak Health 34 Gymea Bay Rd Gymea
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: $35 for 5 week course

For more information, call our Community Connections team or Rowena or Tina on 0295249559 or email aged@gcais.ngo.org.au

Minister for Multiculturalism and CEO NRMA attends DriveTime Graduation

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We were delighted to celebrate the graduation of 26 participants of the DriveTime program from the Fairfield area on Monday 17th July. The event was attended by the Honorable Ray Williams, Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Disability Services, NSW Government who spoke to the participants  about how fortunate we are that they chose Australia as their country to migrate to. NRMA’s CEO, Rohan Lund also spoke about how, as Australians, we take getting a license and driving a vehicle as a natural part of growing up. Without the support of organisations like NRMA, gaining a license as a refugee may not have been possible.

The ceremony was organised by GCAIS in partnership with the team from the NRMA and MC’d by our General Manager, Joanne Cracknell. DriveTime was a program piloted in 2015 in the Sutherland Shire after the Southern Sydney Refugee Support Group nominated it as a project of value and high impact. 5 learners gained their licenses through the pilot and as a result, caught the attention of large organisations like the NRMA.

Go here for full details of the graduation. 

To view photos from the event, go to the Photo Gallery tab on our home page.

WE ARE FINALISTS!!!!

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I am very proud to report that Gymea Community Aid and Information Service have been announced as a Finalist in this year’s Local Business Awards.

We would like to thank all of those who voted for us and have joined us on our journey to understand what we are doing well for our Community and, what we can do to improve. Getting through this first stage into the finals was our first goal and we have achieved that with your help!!!

Stay tuned as we make our way towards the announcement of the winner to be disclosed on 6th September 2017.

 

Organisation Announcement

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I am pleased to announce the appointments of two of our key support roles:

Maria Rogers has commenced in the contracted role of Bookkeeper. Maria’s previous roles have been with some of the more significant financial and banking organisations being JP Morgan Chase UK , Cornelius Barton & Co and Credit Suisse. She is currently connected with The High Tea Party organisation in sponsor relations and finance administration.  Maria’s role at GCAIS will be anything financial being payroll, accounts receivable and payable, bank reconciliations etc.

Katrina Vavdinos commences on 21st March in the role of Corporate Services Coordinator. Katrina has been working with the Young Adults Disabled Association (YADA) as a consultant and administrator since 2013. Gaining great insights into customer experience. Katrina comes from an extensive career with Westpac where she held roles in business lending operations and cards. Katrina’s high level of detail and organisational skills set her up well to deliver on tasks such as business process and systems, administrative requirements, common facilities maintenance and basic I.T to name a few.

Please join us in welcoming both Maria and Katrina to the GCAIS organisation.