Category

News

Gymea Community Aid Supports Migrants in Gaining Their License

By News

GCAIS has supported migrants in gaining their P1 drivers license over the past few years in the areas of Sutherland Shire, Fairfield and Wollongong. In 2020, this program expanded to include Bankstown, Liverpool and Parramatta.

The program is helping people across these areas who face social and financial barriers to getting their license. Most of our clients are refugees and migrants, and many of them are women. 

READ the recent article composed by SBS Dateline and WATCH the video starring our very own Program Manager of DLAP, Safwan Aldod and our mentors and clients.

Watch and Read here

To register your interest in participating in DLAP, go here

We Are Finalists in the 2021 LASA Awards

By News

A little ray of sunshine came our way with the announcement that we are finalists is the 2021 Leading Age Services Australia awards. Our nomination is for the Community Connections team who are responsible for the design and delivery of the Active and Social and, Keeping Active senior’s exercise programs.

I’d like to congratulate the team along with Jenny and Kalpna who work tirelessly with the clients and facilitators to make these programs so valued and popular.

Whist we already feel like winners, the final judging will be held on 7th August 2021. Stay posted for the final results.

Find out more about LASA

 

We are Still here! COVID Update

By News

Due to the latest COVID restrictions, our premises is closed from 28th June 2021-12th July 2021. Our staff are still on duty and taking calls and messages throughout this time. Services that remain in place are:
– Assisted shopping
– Transport to medical appointments
– Outdoor exercise options for existing registered clients with limited numbers
– Advise and support with the MYAGED CARE portal
– Online activities including senior’s technology.

As we set up to change how we do things, keep watching this space for further options.

For further information, email as at Reception@gcais.org.au or leave us a message on 9524 9559.

 

 

Keeping Active Programs Extend to 2022

By News

We are very excited to announce that all 10 of our Keeping Active exercise programs are extended to at least June 2022. What this means is that you can continue, start or even expand on your current exercise regime and have fun by participating with like-minded people!

Limited places and special pricing now applies to under 65 year old participants with discounted pricing offered to over 65s and previous Active and Social participants.

Sessions are available Monday through to Friday and located in the Gymea shopping precinct. For more information and video footage of each of the sessions go to What’s On, start at Monday and work your way down!

For more information and make bookings, contact Jenny Koutsonicolis, JKoutsonicolis@gcais.org.au or call us on 02 9524 9559.

Sutherland to Surf 2021: Join our team

By News

2019 team at the finish line

We are participating in the 2021 Sutherland to Surf 11km walk. A fun, active and social event, we will gather at the starting point in Sutherland as the GCAIS Walkers and make our way through the streets of the Shire to the beautiful Cronulla Beach. Walking at a moderate pace and on mostly flat, sealed surfaces, you’ll share in the challenge and joy with a group of supportive and social walkers.

WHEN: 18th July 2021
WHERE: We will meet outside of the St George Bank, 770 Old Princes Hwy Sutherland at the advertised start time for walkers. This is typically 8:00am and will be confirmed 1 week prior to those who have enrolled
TIME: 8:00am approximately TBC
COST: Cost of early bird senior’s registration (over 60) is $33 or adult registration is $48
REGISTRATION: Register directly with S2S at https://onlineentry.com.au/S2S2021.aspx. Answer the prompt “Join A Team” with GCAIS WALKERS
BIB COLLECTION: Online entries placed before 30th June will have their BIB and tags posted. Online registrations after 30th June will need to be collected from the Wanda Surf Club.

For further information go to the Sutherland To Surf website. For more information on the GCAIS WALKERS, contact Joanne Cracknell, jcracknell@gcais.org.au or, reception@gcais.org.au.

 

Senior’s Zumba Record Has Been Set

By News

We knew they were determined but didn’t realise how much. During Senior’s Week, our Zumba clients set about to establish the Shire record for the longest running senior’s Zumba session. The goal was a minimum 2 hours and maximum 3 hours. In the rules, the group needed a minimum of 10 to remain dancing  to record the official time. We are thrilled that all 29 participants remained “zumba-ring” right through to the end.
To learn more about the event and join in on the recognition of this outstanding achievement, see this week’s article in The Leader.

Want to see some of the footage taken from the event? View our video playlist here

 

Social and Savvy Seniors Untapped

By News

The Daisie Chain provides programs for aged care and disabilities facilities using the power of movement and music.

Emma Watts of the Daisie Chain, works with us here at GCAIS in the Active and Social program and now, the new Keeping Fit for over 65s In her latest podcast, Emma talks with our General Manager, Joanne Cracknell, about what is happening during Seniors Week, specifically the 21st April when GCAIS hosts their event. There will be lots of activities, seminars and demonstrations.  Get involved, stay connected and feel like you belong – Community!

1. Zumba Gold Class – World Record Attempt.  All spots are booked out but you are welcome to come and cheer them on as they attempt to complete a 2 hours class of dance, movement and music.

2. Information and Demonstrations

3. Connections to community groups

For more information about how you can become involved in the community, check out the podcast.

LISTEN HERE

NEW!! Keeping Active Program for Over 65s

By News

You asked for it and we’ve delivered. We have expanded on our popular Active and Social Program and increased the range and number of single session exercise classes. Think boxing, pilates, yoga, resist and more.

Most sessions are commencing on 26th April and bookings are essential to secure your place.

DOWNLOAD the flyer here. Full details are also listed on our What’s On pages.

Senior’s Week Event: Social and Savvy Seniors

By News

Information Stalls

Sausage Sizzle

Giveaways

Visit our information stalls to learn how GCAIS supports seniors to remain active through group outings, exercise and well being, special interest groups and government supported services.

The focus of this expo is Health and Well-Being. In addition to information stalls, our partners will present our extended offering. Partners in attendance are:

  • Organised Occasions: An events company specialising in outings including weekends away
  • Peak Health: Recognised as Sydney’s leading exercise physiologist will share their new 8 week exercise program
  • Himalayan Salt Shop: See their salt lamps and salt soaps. Samples available
  • ASN: Healthy Supplements
  • AniTea: Herbal blended tea. Samples available
  • Taylor Made Nutrition: Learn more about herbal teas, herbal medicine & natural herbs
  • Gairy St Clair: Senior’s boxing classes

The Main Event

Always wondered what Zumba Gold was all about? You have an opportunity to support our Zumba group who will be setting the Shire’s record for the longest senior’s Zumba session. The session commences at 12pm in the adjoining room with a goal to be “zumba-ring” for at least 2 hours. Come on and cheer them on!

REGISTRATION

Registrations to this event are preferred to avoid waits at the venue entrance. Registrations open on 1st April 2021.

Go here to register   

For more information contact Rowena or Jenny on 95249559 or email seniors@gcais.org.au

Change in COVID 19 Restrictions

By News
As per the advice from Department of Health, workers and visitors to our Centre are no longer required to wear masks. We do suggest those who are from vulnerable groups continue to do so.
Social distancing will remain in place until 12th February 2021 where minimum numbers allowed in the Centre are still being observed.
Call us on 02 9524 9559  for more information or download our COVID 19 Safety Plan HERE

Walking Groups-What is your New Year Resolution?

By News

2021 is here and a perfect time to review whether the promise to yourself in regards to wellbeing and exercising more is on track. In conjunction with Heart Foundation Walking, we have formed 4 groups to meet the needs of all ages and fitness levels. What’s even better, we have placed as much attention on the “after walk” social for those with the time to stay with the group just that little bit longer. Think cafes, smoothies, great conversation. Today it’s Gymea/Woronora/Taren Point-tomorrow, Kokoda!!! (When they let us back in of course)

  • HOW TO REGISTER
    To learn more, go to Heart Foundation Walking. By entering 2227 into the postcode field, the Gymea Afternoon Pacers, Gymea Nature Walk, Gymea Finally Friday and The Point Walkers will appear. Follow the prompts and enrol directly through the site. Or, download the registration form HERE.
    If you’d like to get more information from our walk coordinators, contact Rowena Condon, rcondon@gcais.org.au or Lou Mitchell, mmitchell@gcais.org.au.
  • COST
    It’s Free to join the walk!!!! Additional costs to purchase the GCAIS walking t-shirt, water bottle and “after walk” activity.
  • WHERE
    Our groups leave from a variety of locations. Go to What’s On for a full list of our groups
  • DAYS and TIMES
    The What’s On will list all details. In summary:
    – Thursdays   9:30am from Flower Power, Taren Point or, 4:00pm from the Gymea Community Centre
    – Fridays        9:00am from the Gymea Community Centre or 8:30am from the Sutherland Tennis Courts, 112 The Grande Parade Sutherland.

    So, if you’ve been thinking about getting active and joining a group that focuses on health, well-being and socialisation, contact us today. Email either Rowena or Lou, visit our Centre at 39 Gymea Bay Rd Gymea or call us 0295249559. To find out more about our groups and this initiative, go to Heart Foundation Walking 

Gift Vouchers Now Available

By News

Stuck for what to give (or receive) for Christmas  or a special occasion?

Why not purchase a Gymea Community Aid (GCAIS) gift voucher and use for our many activities including day trips, group activities, even exercise programs? You can purchase up to $200 credit per voucher and utilise it as many times as you’d like.

In line with Fair Trading, vouchers have a 3 year expiry date giving you plenty of time to use it on your most valued activities. On request, GCAIS can hold the voucher on file at the Centre.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Vouchers must be produced upon redemption
  • Vouchers are not redeemable for cash
  • If purchases exceed the amount of the voucher, the balance must be paid by other available payment options
  • Vouchers must be redeemed within the validity period
  • Expired vouchers are not redeemable or refunded
  • GCAIS reserves the right to verify the identity of the bearer

For more information, contact our Front Desk on 02 95249559 or email Reception@gcais.ngo.org.au

Over 65s Active and Social Program: Places Available

By News

We are pleased to announce the continuation of funding for our Active and Social program-a tailored offering in collaboration with a diverse variety of accredited physiologists from Peak Health, qualified nutritionists from Sutherland Food Services and other specialty partners.

Commencing on 2nd February 2021, this 8 week program will have you engaged in assessments, gym work, individual exercise sessions and nutrition education allowing you to:

  • Build strength and maintain mobility
  • Keep active and experience a range of new activities that broaden your skills and abilities
  • Build community connections and develop new friendships

To Register: Contact Jenny Koutsoncolis on Jenny.k@gcais.ngo.org.au or Kalpna Patel, Kalpna.patel@gcais.ngo.org.au or, phone reception at 02 9524 9559. Registrations close on
21st December 2020

Cost: This package is valued at $900 and is available at a minimal cost of $100pp for the 8 week term. Exercise socks are available at a cost of $20 per pair. Payment is required up front.

Other: The program will commence on 2nd February 2021 for a duration of 8 weeks. Participants should expect to complete a minimum of 2 sessions per week to maximise their efforts.

NOTE: Why not ask for a GCAIS gift voucher for Christmas and get ready to participate in an enjoyable program targeted at your well being? Contact us on 02 95249559 and find out more.

 

 

Walking Groups: Are you Spring Ready?

By News No Comments

Spring is here and a perfect time to review whether the promise to yourself in regards to wellbeing and exercising more is on track. COVID 19 hasn’t helped but it’s not too late to get exercising. In conjunction with Heart Foundation Walking, we have formed 4 groups to meet the needs of all ages and fitness levels. What’s even better, we have placed as much attention on the “after walk” social for those with the time to stay with the group just that little bit longer. Think cafes, smoothies, great conversation. Today it’s Gymea/Woronora/Taren Point-tomorrow, Kokoda!!! (When they let us back in of course)

  • HOW TO REGISTER
    To learn more, go to Heart Foundation Walking. By entering 2227 into the postcode field, the Gymea Afternoon Pacers, Gymea Nature Walk, Gymea Finally Friday and Happy Healthy Whole Soles will appear. Follow the prompts and enrol directly through the site. Or, download the registration form HERE.
    If you’d like to get more information from our walk coordinators, contact Rowena Condon, rowena.condon@gcais.ngo.org.au or Lou Mitchell, marie-lou.mitchell@gcais.ngo.org.au.
  • COST
    It’s Free to join the walk!!!! Additional costs to purchase the GCAIS walking t-shirt, water bottle and “after walk” activity.
  • WHERE
    Our groups leave from a variety of locations. Go to What’s On for a full list of our groups
  • DAYS and TIMES
    The What’s On will list all details. In summary:
    – Thursdays   9:30am from Lucy’s Cafe, Sylvania Waters or, 4:00pm from the Gymea Community Centre
    – Fridays        9:00am from the Gymea Community Centre or 8:30am from the Sutherland Tennis Courts, 112 The Grande Parade Sutherland.

    So, if you’ve been thinking about getting active and joining a group that focuses on health, well-being and socialisation, contact us today. Email either Rowena or Lou, visit our Centre at 39 Gymea Bay Rd Gymea or call us 0295249559. To find out more about our groups and this initiative, go to Heart Foundation Walking