We’ve been Planted!!!!

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Our garden beds in our new community garden are now being planted and receiving attention from the Gymea locals. This initiative is supported by Sutherland Shire Council in leasing us the land at the side of the Gymea Community Hall. We were also fortunate to receive a grant from Sydney Airport’s Bid For Good Grants.

Read recent article about the Gymea Community Garden HERE.

To get involved, contact Kalpna Patel, Community Worker on 9524 9559 or

Gift Vouchers Available in time for Mother’s Day

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Stuck for what to give (or receive) on Mother’s Day  or a special occasion?

Why not purchase a Gymea Community Aid (GCAIS) gift voucher and use on our many activities including day trips, group activities, even computer lessons? 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.


  • 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

Pet Owner Support Network making an impact within our community

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Gymea Community Aid’s new program Keeping People and Pets Together is making an impact in our community.

Our volunteers offer free support to people older than 65 years of age, who have difficulty caring for their pet, but do not want to give them up.

Volunteers will assist you with basic pet care support, dog walking, pet hygiene for cats, birds and rabbits, basic grooming needs and transport to veterinary appointments.

If we can help you stay happy together with your loved pet contact us : or call 9524 9559



Heart Week Walk and Information Session

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We are holding a special walking group session to celebrate and recognise heart week.

On 30th April from 9:00am, we will be starting a 45 minute walk and from 9:30am, we will be taking a shorter walk for 20 minutes. All walks will meet at the Gymea Community Centre, 39 Gymea Bay Rd Gymea where  experienced  walk organisers will escort the group around the local area.

Your day will include:

  • 9:00am or 9:30am for a short or long walk around Gymea
  • 10:00am a healthy morning tea at the end of the walk
  • 10:15am an information session facilitated by a Heart Foundation representative

RSVP at our front desk, email or,  call us on 02 95249559 by no later than 24th April 2019. A gold coin donation would be appreciated. 

GCAIS currently work in partnership with Heart Foundation Walking and have 3 groups walking each week in the Cronulla and Gymea areas. Go to What’s On for more information on our regular walking groups.

New to GCAIS: Prangana Fitness

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Improve your health using only simple natural approaches in as little as 5-7 minutes a day!

About the Group Classes

Prangana Lazy Workouts is an author’s program and provides a gateway into the world of health, happiness, mental and physical balance, helping people of different age to become more physically and mentally active, and engaging them in a range of inspirational activities, such as guided and active meditations and light physical movements.

Since there are more than 250 exercises, each class is different. You will not get bored with the same exercises, and will receive a home task to do between the sessions, that will help you to maintain the results you have achieved during our workout.

WHERE: Gymea Community Aid and Information Service
WHEN: Commencing on 29th April, the sessions will continue every Monday through to 1st July 2019
TIME: Mondays at 12:15pm to 1:15pm
COST: $12 concession; $15 non-concession

Monies are payable on the day of the session/s. EFTPOS is preferred.
Registrations can be completed directly with our provider, Elina from Anti- Stress Clinic HERE 

Alternatively, contact our front desk on 02 95249559 or call into our Centre to register.

Gymea Keeping People and Pets Together

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We are here to help seniors take care of their pet companions and keeping them healthy and happy members of the family. We get the special bonds we have with our pets and we believe our support helps people stay connected to their community and stay happy at home for as long as possible.

Our volunteers assist with basic pet care support, dog walking, pet hygiene (cats, dogs, birds, rabbits…), grooming as well as transport to Vet appointments. We are a flexible bunch and can match your needs with the volunteer’s preferences, come talk to us.


Over 65 years and registered with My Aged Care. NOTE: Need the service but don’t meet the criteria? Come and talk to us!


Monday to Thursday


2 x  1/2 hr. weekly visits




Support us with  a Gold Coin donation

Call Rita Napolitano
or call 0295249559



Walking groups: Get Active, Get Fit, Get Social

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Come and join us!!!  That is your opportunity to start walking with us. Our walks happen on Mondays (9:30am), Tuesdays (9:30 am), Thursdays (4pm), Fridays (9am) free of charge with routes in both Cronulla and Gymea and led by qualified Heart Foundation walking organisers.

Register here. Enter 2227 on the postcode field and select groups at Gymea or call us at 95249559

Thinking of You……

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To all of our friends, colleagues and clients impacted by the tragedy in Christchurch in New Zealand on 15th March. All of us here at GCAIS are praying and thinking of you.

Board Member opportunity

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If numbers is your thing, we need you!

Gymea Community Aid has an opportunity for a Treasurer to join our

Management Committee. We are looking for a person with a solid background on accounting and financial management. We are a highly organised community center and the person joining our Board will be support us on the strategic planning and key business decisions. We meet every third Thursday of the month after normal business hours. If you want to support the work we do in your community and want to gain experience being on an active and committed Board contact us:

Looking for Volunteers to lead our Walking groups

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If you love to be outdoors, walking and spending time with like minded people, come and join us to lead our walking groups. Our group. Gymea Easy Pacers meet every Tuesday at Cronulla (9:30 to 11:00am).
If this sounds like a great time to you, contact us at:
95249559 or, register directly with Heart Foundation Walking ENTER 2227 in postcode to choose walking groups at Gymea.



Walking with friends

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Our walking groups are about working out to have fun and be healthy.  In our groups you are surrounded by like minded people, no matter how fast you are we will be there with you when you cross that finish line.

Are you up for a day at Cordeaux Dam?

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Join us on a day trip to Cordeaux Dam, enjoy great company and have a lovely lunch at the picnic area.

Your day will include

  • Visit to the Cordeaux Dam and explore it
  • Travel
  • Morning Tea

BYO Lunch or pre-order a picnic hamper available for purchase for $30 couples or $20 per person.

WHEN       26th March 2019.
WHERE     Bus pick up and drop off from Gymea Community Aid, 39 Gymea Bay Road.
TIME         09:00am to 3:00pm
COST         $20 over 65, $30 under 65, EFTPOS over the phone or front desk.

Reserve and pay for your place by 22/03/2019
Cancellations within 24 hours are non refundable

Call Christine or Rita, Community Connections, 0295249559 or

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, or Lou,, 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



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.


NSW Centre for Road Safety


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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