Social and Savvy Seniors Untapped

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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 

Vote for Us: Upgrade for GCAIS Facilities

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We recently applied to the Community Building Program to upgrade our facilities. With the vulnerability around COVID 19 and keeping both our Clients and Workers as safe as possible, we have asked for financial support to upgrade the kitchen facilities and front desk reception area. This will allow us to create additional  space and produce a more hygienic area where food etc is being handled.

We ask you support us by accessing the survey link below. Your vote must be processed by 5pm, 21st August 2020. The survey is less than 5 minutes to complete.

Thanks in advance for your support.

VOTE HERE

Restricted Centre Opening Hours from 10th August 2020

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Be advised that our Centre will be operating under restricted opening hours due to the latest COVID 19 update.

From 10th August 2020, the Centre will be opened from 9:30am to 2:00pm. Our business will continue to operate between 9:00am to 5:00pm with workers being available by phone. The new hours will be in place indefinitely.

Existing appointments outside of these hours will still be accepted.

Contact us at Reception@gcais.ngo.org.au or 02 9524 9559 if you require additional information.

We are Walking: 2020 Virtual Sutherland to Surf

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Are you missing Sydney’s iconic walks? City to Surf? Sutherland To Surf? If so, come and join us on 9th August for the virtual version of the Sutherland to Surf.

Starting point:
Outside unit 72, Sales Office Woolooware Shores Retirement Living Village, Alexander Ave Taren Point.
Route:
The groups will walk towards Shark Park i.e. the 2km group will walk 1 km and turn around, 5km group will walk 2.5km and turn around, 11km group will walk towards Cronulla Beach for 5.5kms and turnaround.
This route is very flat and suitable to  all levels
Refreshments:
Coffee and/or Lunch will be available at the Taren Point Bowling Club where tables will be booked to ensure social distancing. This will be at the walker’s cost
Time:
11kms group will commence at 9:30am
5kms group will commence at 10:30am
2km  group will commence at 10:45am
Cost:
$20 to register on the formal site (link below). Click “Join A Team” and enter ‘GCAIS Walkers’. Those experiencing financial hardship should email Joanne.cracknell@gcais.ngo.org.au and discuss registration possibilities.
Other:

  • Each group will be led by an organiser
  • All participants will be asked to join Heart Foundation Walking if they are not a current participant
  • Social distancing will be practiced
  • All participants should bring water, towel, sunscreen and hand sanitiser

    Registration
    https://sutherland2surf.com.au/. Choose “Join A Team” and enter “GCAIS Walkers” in the team name.

Once registered, email Joanne, Joanne.cracknell@gcais.ngo.org.au and advise you will be joining us.

For more information contact us on 02 95249559 or email Joanne.cracknell@gcais.ngo.org.au

GCAIS Unlocked

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We are pleased to announce we will be re-opening the Centre from 22nd June 2020. It has been a long time since we’ve seen our clients and visitors and whilst our service offering will be minimal due to restrictions being in place, we look forward to welcoming you back. What this means to you:
– We are still working through what groups can be delivered face to face so are taking some time to finalise the plan
– There will be a maximum number of people permitted to be in the building at any one time including workers
– Hand sanitisers, soaps, regularly cleaned surfaces will be our practise
– Our premises including toilets are professionally cleaned 3 times per week
– We can no longer provide shared refreshments nor do we allow workers or clients to share food
– There will be a protective screen at Reception
– There will be floor markers to remind everyone to keep the required 1.5m distance.

We do need to ask you to do a few things:
– Leave your name, address and contact phone number when you sign in in case we need to make contact with you. We suggest you also download the COVID APP
– When the maximum number of people allowed in the Centre has been reached, we will be asking you to wait outside until there is room
– Please remain at home if you are feeling unwell
– Use the provided hand sanitiser and keep good hygiene in mind
– Where possible, call us and make an appointment so we can be sure to be available to you
– Respect instructions provided by our workers especially if social distancing has been compromised.

We will keep you up to date as our activities come back. Where activities have moved to online, we will maintain these until we confirm the safety of everyone involved to go back to face to face, We continue to be guided by the department and align to their recommendations.
Needless to say, we are all looking forward to welcoming you back!

To view the COVID Safety Plan, DOWNLOAD here.

Domestic Assistance now available

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Domestic Assistance Service

As we get older things like health or physical challenges can make everyday tasks difficult. When you’re looking to stay in your own home, asking for help does not mean that you need to move or lose your independence.

At Gymea Community Aid and Information Service (GCAIS), we are funded to facilitate services under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). What this means to you if you’re over 65 is we can support you with basic domestic services around the house such as:

  • vacuuming
  • mopping
  • dusting
  • cleaning the bathroom
  • washing the dishes
  • general tidying up
  • doing the laundry
  • making the bed
  • unaccompanied food shopping

Do You Qualify?
Eligibility for this program is based on your support needs and age.
To be eligible for this program, you must be aged:

  • 65 years or older (50 years or older for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people), or
  • 50 years or older (45 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and on a low income, homeless, or at risk of being homeless.

A face-to-face assessment will determine eligibility and ensure that the right services are made available to those that need them

The Costs
Once eligible, as you receive the services you are asked for a small contribution.

How Does It Work
GCAIS have a caring and enthusiastic team of Program Coordinators and Support Workers ready to deliver these services to you. Once you register with My Aged Care, you will receive an assessment by the RAS team (Regional Assessment Service). Once approved, you then choose your provider.
GCAIS also have workers to help with Chinese, Greek, Italian and Arabic speaking clients

Getting Started
Contact us on 9524 9559 or Aged@gcais.ngo.org.au for support throughout the process of registering with My Aged Care or for any support you need to acquire these services.

National Volunteer Week 2020

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Volunteering provides opportunities for people, particularly those often excluded, to concretely impact their own lives and play a constructive role in their communities by volunteering their time. Through volunteerism, communities around the world often experience strengthened solidarity and inclusion. Here at GCAIS we couldn’t do any of our great work without our 100 plus volunteers. This week we salute you!