GCAIS Congratulates Rob Lindsay: Australia Day 2019 Honours List

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Management and staff of GCAIS are very proud to be in the presence of Rob Lindsay who received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Rob received this recognition for service to the community through social welfare organisations.

At GCAIS, he co-founded and is the volunteer co-ordinator for the ‘Drivetime’ program, which he helped design and deliver for the NRMA. Rob has also been involved oi other programs that support newly arrived refugees such as the Homework Club.

Go here to read more about Rob’s recognition.

We are now 4 Walking Groups: Get Fit, Get Active, Get Social

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We are now 4 walking groups!!! That is opportunities to start walking with us. Our walks happen on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays-free of charge with routes in both Cronulla and Gymea and led by qualified Heart Foundation walking organisers.
  • Tuesdays-9:30am meeting outside of Zimzalas Cronulla
  • Thursdays- 4:00pm leaving from outside the Gymea Community Centre
  • Thursdays- 6:00pm leaving from outside of Zimzalas Cronulla,
  • Fridays-9:00 from outside of the Gymea Community Centre

For further information, contact us on 95249559, email Rowena, Rowena.condon@gcais.ngo.org.au or Lou, Marie-lou.mitchell@gcais.ngo.org.au, or go to our What’s On pages for full registration details.

Explore Newington Armory-February Day Trip

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Join us for a day trip to Homebush and visit Newington Armory.

Newington Armory has evolved from its military-industrial origins into a unique arts precinct, including a theatre, outdoor amphitheatre, artist studios and an exhibition space, which features the longest continuous gallery wall in Australia! The Armory has free exhibitions throughout the year, plus film festivals, public art, cultural activities and kids activities.

Your day includes:

  • A 2 hour guided tour and ride on the heritage train
  • Travel
  • Morning tea

BYO LUNCH to have at Blaxland Riverside Park OR, purchase a lunch picnic hampers for $30 per couple or $20 per person which must be ordered at time of booking.

WHEN:    26th February 2019
TIME:      8:00am to 3:30pm
WHERE:  Bus pickup and drop off, Gymea Community Aid and Information Service
COST:      $50 for over 65; $65 for under 65. EFTPOS is availbale over the phone or at our front desk.

Bookings are open now and  capped at 21 bookings. Reserve and pay for your place by 1/02/2019. Pay at Gymea Community Aid & Information Service’s front desk or your Team leader.

Cancellations- Cancellations with-in 24 hours are non- refundable

For more information, please contact Christine or Rita, Community Connections on 0295249559 or email christine.valentine@gcais.ngo.org.au

 

 

Tradies Support the DriveTime Program

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We are pleased to announce that Tradies has again supported our Drivetime Learner Driver Mentor Program. This program supports Refugees in gaining their P1 driver’s licence. Without their support, this funding that contributes to supporting independence, inclusion, participation and transitions to employment , members from this Community may not receive such a great opportunity.

We thank Tradies for their continued support and commitment to our Community.

Road safety for 65Plus Guide

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This guide has advice and safety tips to help people in our community aged 65 or over make safer choices when driving, riding, walking, using a mobility scooter or catching public transport.
It profiles the changes to our health that can come with age, and how conditions such as vision impairment and dementia can affect our abilities as road users.
Checklists are included to help develop safer driving habits and make better choices when walking and crossing the road.
The guide also explains the NSW older driver licensing system, including information for those who want to transition from full-time driving to other transport options. Whether you’re currently experiencing changes to your mobility or planning for the future, this guide will help you stay independent and safe.

DOWNLOAD GUIDE

NSW Centre for Road Safety
roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au

WE DID IT AGAIN:WE ARE FINALISTS

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I am very proud to report that Gymea Community Aid and Information Service have again been announced as a Finalist in the 2018 Local Business Awards in Sutherland Shire.

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!!!

The winner will be announced on 22nd August 2018

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 .

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.

 

DriveTime Volunteers Wanted. Help a Refugee in Your Area

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The program provides English driving support and driving practice with volunteer mentors, for people on humanitarian visas to help them obtain a NSW driving licence.

Volunteering Opportunities:

Driver Knowledge Test Mentor: help improve learner’s language related to driving and road safety. prepare learner to conduct their Driver Knowledge Test.

Driving Supervision Mentor: Provide supervised driving practice to participants to gain confidence behind the wheel.

Free training For further information, contact DriveTime Project Coordinator on 0478748387 or email drivetime@gcais.ngo.org.au.

DOWNLOAD brochure here

Computer, Well-being and Fitness Programs for Seniors

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Due to popular demand, Fitness and Computer Programs for Seniors are on again!   

  • Zumba and Active Exercise Classes for Seniors.
  • Tai Chi for Carers.
  • One- on- one technology tutoring for beginners – 5 weeks program. Please call CHSP 95249559 for details and eligibility. Alternatively, go to the EVENTS tab for dates and times of these classes.

Everyone Comes from Somewhere Multimedia Pack

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The Everyone Comes from Somewhere Multimedia Resource & DVD is now available. It includes:

  • 8 short films exploring the lives of different young people  who live and/or study in Sutherland Shire and the connections they have to their own cultural backgrounds https://www.youtube.com/user/ECFS2014
  • Accompanying exercises, activities and creative tasks for upper primary and high school students in the Resource booklet.

The Everyone Comes from Somewhere project aims to promote multiculturalism, challenge racial stereotypes and celebrate the richness of cultural diversity in Sutherland Shire.

For hard copies of the resource or further details  please  contact Jenny, Migrant Services Manager on 02 9524 9559 or sgp@gcais.ngo.org.au

Chinese Life Stories of Sutherland Shire

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In 2014 Gymea Community Aid & Information Service received a NSW Heritage Grant administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government.

The grant enabled them to work with oral historian, Carol McKirdy, on an oral history project called Chinese Life Stories of the Sutherland Shire. Ten narrators with Chinese heritage volunteered their time and told their stories. The oral histories will be archived at Sutherland Shire Library enabling future generations to learn about the unique and wonderful stories of people who moved from one country to another and the circumstances surrounding such a monumental change.

The project was launched at a community event, which included traditional Chinese music and food and a digital story, which summarises the essential themes explored in the oral histories and entices listeners to enjoy the full recordings.

To find out more, visit: http://www.rahs.org.au/a-2014-nsw-heritage-grants-project-chinese-life-stories-of-the-sutherland-shire/