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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.

Posthumous Award for GCAIS Volunteer Bruce Grimley

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We are very proud to share the news that our great volunteer and friend, Bruce Grimly, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Bruce volunteered for GCAIS for over 25 years and remained an active member of our groups namely the senior’s Active and Social program and Men’s Discussion group. He was also a lot of fun to be around!

READ the full article.

Win a $150 Voucher To Dine at Jensen’s Kareela

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Go into the draw to win a $150 gift voucher for Jensens Restaurant and Bar Kareela when you complete our 5 minute Community Survey and include your contact details.

Feedback from the survey will help Gymea Community Aid and Information Service to improve programs, services and events for the years ahead.

St George and Sutherland Shire residents aged 18 and older are eligible to win the competition prize.

Terms and conditions are available here.

Have your say:

For customers who are NOT currently a GCAIS client, complete the survey below via the link by 5pm on 10 June 2022.

NON CLIENT SURVEY LINK

For existing clients and those who have experienced our services, complete the survey below via the link by 5pm on 10th June 2022.

EXISTING CLIENT SURVEY LINK 

 

Walking Groups-Make 2022 Your Year

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2022 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 or 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 

GCAIS Win National LASA Award for 2021

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On Friday 10th December it was announced that our GCAIS Community Connections Team and Support Functions claimed the big one-the National LASA Team Award for 2022
GCAIS had won the State Award earlier this year which made us eligible for the Nationals. We recognise all of the team, especially the key program coordinators and designers in Jenny K and Kalpna, with Rita at the helm. The back office supports also play a big role in the financial management and advertising of the programs which are a focus for the award being Active and Social and, Keeping Active.

Finally, a big THANKYOU to the quality facilitators who partner with us to deliver the program content.

Go to What’s On to find out more about our senior’s exercise programs. They are re-commencing on 24th January 2022.

WATCH the announcement below. You will see some familiar faces! fast forward to 42 minutes for our section.

GCAIS WINS NSW/ACT TEAMS LASA AWARD

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We are very proud to announce that we are the winners of the 2021 LASA (Leading Aged Services Australia) Award in the TEAMS category. These awards recognise excellence across the aged care industry and GCAIS entered the work done by our Community Connections Team, highlighting the Active and Social and, Keeping Active programs.

We congratulate not only the Community Connections team but the whole of GCAIS for providing the support, expertise and exemplary teamwork to allow us to receive this recognition. We also thank our clients for their willingness to participate, offer feedback and get involved!

Watch the complete presentation. The TEAMS Award appears at 37:38mins.

FULL REPLAY

Go to What’s On for a full list of Keeping Active Exercise for Seniors sessions.

Gymea Community Aid Supports Migrants in Gaining Their License

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.