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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.

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.


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



Walking Groups-Make 2023 Your Year

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2023 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, The Camino Trail!!!


  • 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, or Lou Mitchell,
  • COST
    It’s Free to join the walk!!!! Additional costs to purchase the GCAIS walking t-shirt, water bottle and “after walk” activity.
    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.


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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.


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