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GCAIS Chairperson Announced as Cronulla Volunteer of the Year

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It is with pride that I announce that our Chairperson of the GCAIS Board, Kaye Herald, was today presented the Volunteer Award for Cronulla (Mark Speakman MP’s electorate).
Kaye was recognised for her leadership of the Board of which she has been President and then Chairperson since 2020. In that time, Kaye has provided mentoring and coaching to both the Board and Operations and also lead the change from a Management Committee to being a Board, attracting a higher level of talent to Board positions. Kaye can be found at Youth Leadership presentations, special events for GCAIS seniors, refugee picnics, staff meetings and presentations so as to truly understand the business and liaise with our clients gaining invaluable information on how GCAIS can further enhance our services.
Both Kaye and I were astounded by the stories and efforts of volunteers who were nominated for this award, making it even more special that she was awarded as the overall winner. The future of GCAIS is even brighter with leaders such as Kaye behind us.


Multicultural Family and Water Safety Day

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Have you recently arrived in Australia? Discover the fun of water activities and learn how to stay safe in and near the water. Hear from fishing and water safety experts about:

  • Water and Beach Safety
  • Rock fishing and fishing safety
  • Free entry and lunch

WHEN: 2nd March 9:30am to 3:30pm
WHERE: Gunnamatta Park, Nicholson Pde

For more details and registration go to What’s On

Heart Foundation Walking Photo Winner

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For the 2nd year in a row, a photo taken by Sharon Abbott, Walk Organiser of our GCAIS Finally Friday Walking Group, is a winner in the Heart Foundation Walking,  Best Photos competition. Added to this, TShirts worn by the participants were the result of grants offered by Sutherland Shire Council to support our projects and causes. This aids our community members in identifying where to go when looking for ways to participate and become an active member within the community.

Go to What’s On for the weekly schedule of our 4 walking groups.

Swimming Classes available to Refugees and Migrants

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Dive into a new adventure!
Embrace the Water: Swimming Classes for Migrants and Refugees
Our swimming classes cater specifically to individuals from migrant and refugee backgrounds, providing a safe and supportive environment for you to learn and grow.

???? What to Expect:
✅ 10 Professional Lessons
✅ Certified Instructors
✅ Small Class Sizes for Personalized Attention
✅ Comfortable and Inclusive Atmosphere

All skill levels are welcome, and our instructors are committed to helping you achieve your swimming goals. Let’s create a community where everyone can enjoy the benefits of swimming!
Classes are every Friday from 16th February at the Hurstville Aquatic Centre.
To register contact Tatiana at

GCAIS are recipients of Sutherland Shire Council Grants

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With the support of the Council Grants, we are able to extend 2 projects over the course of 2023-2024. These projects include recognition programs for our weekly Walking Groups and, employment support for vulnerable and unemployed, newly arrived migrants and refugees.
We thank Sutherland Shire Council for these opportunities to deliver additional services to our community.

GCAIS Volunteer Wins Prestigious Award

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This year’s Centre For Volunteering awards have just been held and we are honored to announce that Reg Mahoney, our volunteer for supporting youth leaders in schools has been announced as the Senior Volunteer of the Year winner and, the Regional Volunteer of The Year for Southern Sydney Region. Reg works with our groups and gives his time selflessly by coaching participants on emotional intelligence and leadership skills. He will now head to the NSW Finals.
Reg was in good company with Wendy Ducasse, retired volunteer as the Board Secretary; Adele Douglas and Cristina Diverio for volunteering with our senior’s group outings each receiving recognition awards.
We congratulate each of them for this recognition and wish Reg the best of luck in the finals.

READ the article from The Leader here.

Better Bones Class: Testimonial

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Our senior’s exercise classes continue to receive great feedback and participation. Read below feedback from our client Patricia in regards to the Better Bones session. This session is open to clients who have previousy attended the GCAIS Active and Social program.

“Just wanted to make a quick comment about the fantastic classes you run.
I am loving the Better Bones class – a special mention for Brooke who makes it fun and informative, she is patient with us and explains everything so well.  The class is interesting so long may it continue.
A shout out I have made a few times before for Emma, Moves what a fun class, dancing, singing and madness but all in a good way! And for you two lovely ladies who I feel are friends after all these years, thank you.
Gymea Community Aid deserves a pat on the back ( and pay rises haha) for the wonderful work you do for us oldies who still think we are forty!” Patricia.

2023-2024 Club Grants

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We were very grateful to be the recipient of the Club Grants for 2023-2024. Our driver mentor program, Drivetime was co-funded by local clubs Tradies Gymea and Cronulla Sharks. Support such as this allows our organisation to support our community members to remain independent and participating in the communities in which they live.

Compost Bin Available to Local Residents

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We have been doing a lot of work and research into sustainability and will soon be announcing education and projects for the community to get involved. We currently have a compost bin onsite available to local residents.

To find out how to be involved and utilise this service, contact our Community Development Coordinator, Brenda Eggleton on or phone Brenda 95249559 Tuesdays and Thursdays to find out more.

Want to know what to and what NOT to place in the bin? Find out here

Sharks Announce GCAIS as one of their From The Heart Partners for 2023

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We are very proud to have been selected as a From The Heart partner by Sharks for 2023.

This partnership will provide us with  opportunities to raise awareness and funds for our organisations including Game Day 50-50 raffles, a 2023 signed jersey and match tickets, access to a pool of volunteers and utilising the Sharks brand and social media to raise awareness for our causes. Our game has been announced for 14th April 2023.


GCAIS Secures Funding for Healthy Ageing Hub

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GCAIS has been recognised by the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network (CESPHN), as the organisation to facilitate a Healthy Ageing Hub for Sutherland Shire. 4 areas across Sydney were being considered for 2 of these hubs with Sutherland Shire being awarded along with Newtown Neighbourhood Centre for the Inner West.

This fully funded service is an addition to our highly sought after senior’s programs and provides an opportunity for our seniors, their family and carers to understand how they can maximise their senior years. We welcome Karen Buckley to the role of Healthy Ageing Advisor and is available for one on one bookings and group presentations. Talk to us today about making an appointment by calling us on 02 9524 9559 or,

Find out more by going to Healthy Ageing Hub.


Gymea Finally Friday Walking Group Winners of Photo Competition

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Our Finally Friday walking group entered this photo into the National competition organised by Heart Foundation Walking. Winners are to appear in their 2023 calendar. This photo was selected as a winner!!!! Well done to the group especially the walk organisers Sharon, Lisa and Teresa who put a smile on the face of the group every Friday.
Watch out for when this calendar is available.
For information on our walking groups

GCAIS Nominated as a recipient of the Clubs Grants Program

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GCAIS was recently a proud recipient of funding under the Clubs Grants program with support from Gymea Tradies. The project awarded is the Learner Driver Mentor Program, supporting migrants and Aboriginal students attending the Kirinara Hostel in gaining their P1 license.

We congratulate our manager of Settlement and Multicultural Services, Jenny Grey on a successful grant application.



GCAIS Walkers Excel at the 2022 Sutherland 2 Surf

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The weather was brilliant, the vibe sensational and the company was impeccable. That’s what it’s like to spend a Sutherland To surf Walk with members of our walking groups. Even better, it was a PB for all involved.
If you’re looking for company when walking and feeling healthier, try our weekly walking groups.
Find out more.

Gymea Community Aid hosts Refugee Day

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As a part of Refugee Week and in recognition of Sutherland Shire being a Refugee Welcome Zone, we welcomed newly arrived refugees with a series of educational demonstrations and BBQ at Gunnamatta Park. The day involved a welcome from key leaders across the community including Deputy Mayor, Carol Proven and sessions presented on water safety and fishing.

See the full article HERE.