We Invite You to Christmas in July

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Gymea Community Aid and Information Service warmly invites you to Christmas in July!

It’s never too early for a celebration. What’s included:
A 2 course hot lunch
Entertainment
Lucky door prize and raffles ($2 each or 3 for $5). Hampers prizes and vouchers to be won!

 

WHEN:      20th July
TIME:        11:00am to 2:00pm
COST:        $25 bus and entry or, $10 entry only
WHERE:   Gymea Community Hall, 39 Gymea Bay Rd Gymea
PAY By:     26th June. EFTPOS and cash is accepted at the front desk. Payments by phone are also accepted.

For more information, contact us on 95249559 or email aged@gcais.ngo.org.au

Visit Historic Joadja Town

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It is deserted no longer!!! Join us for a trip and guided tour of Historic Joadja Town.  As well as the township you will also visit the Whiskey Distillery! Joadja is close by to Bowral.

Your day will include:

  • A guided tour
  • Travel
  • Morning tea and BBQ Lunch
  • Distillery tour and tasting

WHEN:    26th June 2018
WHERE: Bus pick up and drop off from Gymea Community Aid and Information Service, 39 Gymea Bay Rd Gymea
TIME:      8:30am to 4:00pm
COST:      $65 for over 65 funded client or $80 for under 65 years old.

Bookings are open from 1st June. Reserve and pay for your place by 13th June at the Gymea Community Aid and Information Centre via EFTPOS or cash, or through your group leader. Phone bookings are also accepted. Cancellations within 24 hours are non-refundable.

For more information contact Christine or Rita, Community Connections on 95249559 or, christine.valentine@gcais.ngo.org.au

Communicate Connect Collaborate: Free Networking Event

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Come along for an opportunity to connect with other service providers, share information and collaborate. Participate in speed networking and collaborative activities.

This event is an initiative of the Sutherland Shire Multicultural Network and St George Multicultural Network for local service providers and community groups to improve and facillitate service provision for the multicultural community in the area.

WHEN:   24th July 2018, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
WHERE: Building A, Level 1, Room 6
St George TAFE Campus
Cnr Princes Highway & President
Avenue, Kogarah NSW 2217
RSVP:     By Wednesday 18th July 2018

GO HERE TO REGISTER

For further information contact Jenny Grey on (02) 9524 9559 or email jenny.grey@gcais.ngo.org.au.

 

Get to Know Living Well Locally

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In partnership with 4 other community focused organisations, GCAIS has been working on a product line set to broaden its demographic. Loving the Shire for almost 50 years, the LWL products and services will generate funds to re-invest back into the Not For Profit Businesses where they also stay in the Shire.

 

To learn more, go to the Living Well Locally website. You can also tune into the interview recorded by GCAIS’s General Manager, Joanne Cracknell with 2SSR. Alternatively, call us on 0481345421.

 

 

New Special Interest Groups at GCAIS

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We are pleased to launch a suite of programs targeted towards “Special Interest”. These will be posted to our site and social media on an ongoing basis.

To get started, we have 2 programs coming to you on 5th and 7th June respectively.

5th June: 9:00am to 12:00pm Be an Online Entrepreneur

7th June: 6:00pm to 9:00pm Social Media Platforms

As an introduction to these programs, we have reduced the cost to $59pp for June sessions only.

Call Joanne or Katrina on 95249559 email lwlgcais@gmail.com. Go to EVENTS page for full details of both programs

Join us for a Trip to Vaucluse House Museum

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A lovely day trip has been planned to the historic Vaucluse House for a guided tour. Your day includes:

  • A guided tour of Vaucluse House
  • Travel
  • Morning Tea

BYO lunch to have in the grounds of the property. Bookings are from 1st May 2018.

WHEN: 29th May 2018
WHERE: Bus pick up and drop off, Gymea Community Aid and Information Service, 39 Gymea Bay Rd Gymea 2227.
TIME: 9.00am to 2:00pm
COST: $30

Reserve and pay for your place by 15th May 2018 at the front desk of through your group leader.  EFTPOS is available in person and by phone. For more information contact Christine or Rita, Community Connections on 0295249559 or christine.valentine@gcais.ngo.org.au

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.

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

 

 

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.

Organisation Staff Announcements

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Change is in the air here at GCAIS!!! We are excited to advise that 2 of our management level positions have been appointed.

General Manager
Joanne Cracknell has been appointed to this key role, commencing 20th March. Many of you would have met Joanne in her role as President of the GCAIS Management Committee. This role gives her a thorough understanding of the business and a unique insight into the strengths of our organisation and the challenges we face going into the future.

Joanne has worked as an independent consultant since 2015 and has engaged in a diverse range of roles as a senior learning and organisation development specialist. She has guided teams through change processes, worked to deliver business solutions and facilitated strategic planning processes. Joanne brings a wide range of valuable skills, knowledge and experience to the position of General Manager and this will place our organisation in a strong position going into the future

Community Connections Operations Manager
Rita Napolitano brings 17 years of experience working in the Aged Care Sector to the position of Community Connections Operations Manager. Most recently, Rita held the position of Operations Manager with Wesley Mission. Rita’s experience of managing a team delivering the CHSP across Sydney will be extremely valuable as we work towards sustainability and growth for GCAIS. Rita will commence on 7th March.

Stay tuned for an opportunity to meet with our new staff and share in the future plans for GCAIS. In the interim, take a look at our Strategic Plan under the RESOURCES tab.