Celebrating inclusiveness, independence and participation.
Gymea Community Aid and Information Service is uniquely positioned to build the aspirations of individuals and families to achieve inclusiveness, independence and participation in the community, while recognising diversity and desire for wellbeing.
Our longstanding presence in Sutherland Shire draws on both staff and volunteers to provide information and associated support services to the general community, our ageing members and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Through social groups, planned programs and activities, we strengthen and promote each individual’s self-determination, enriching the broader community.
The Settlement Service Program provides support and settlement assistance to refugees, humanitarian entrants and newly arrived migrants living in Sutherland Shire.
We provide one-on-one casework, support and information relating to housing, education, employment and training, Centrelink, health, family and community services to individuals, families and young people.
Our programs include settlement English classes, parents groups, a homework support program and recreational activities. We also undertake community development activities, which include the implementation of projects that aim to support and empower newly emerging community groups.
English classes. These offer conversational English classes for newly arrived migrants wanting to develop or improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
Homework Support/School Tutoring Program. This program provides homework support and tutoring to students who are newly arrived migrants or from refugee backgrounds. Other services include school holiday activities, youth leadership, social outings and parent information sessions.
Social Support Groups. For those who want to meet others, learn about Australia and share culture, language and experiences. Groups include: Chinese Mothers Group, Thai Mothers Group, Multicultural Women’s Space, Latin American & Spanish Speaking Group & Multicultural Seniors Activity Club.
Drive Time Program. This provides low cost driving practice and subsidised driving lessons with learner mentors for learner drivers to help them obtain a full NSW driving license. Primarily for holders of humanitarian visas and migrant women.
Technology Support. Individual or group lessons in using computers, laptops, smartphones, and notepads — with bilingual tutors. Also access to computers, printers and internet.
Employment Support. This program provides information on employment pathways, services and training and assistance with resume writing and job applications. We also run workshops and hold an annual Job Skills training day.
Southern Sydney Refugee Support Group. A committed group of local residents who provide practical services and brokerage support for humanitarian and refugee families and individuals.
Refugee Camp in My School. An interactive simulated Refugee Camp experience which can be replicated in schools and community spaces. Training material and train the train courses provided.
Community Connect. Pairing established residents with new arrivals to build relationships in and with their local community.
Meet Laugh Learn Club. Enables seniors to participate in affordable activities to promote health & wellbeing; for example, gardening, computing, gentle exercise and cooking.
Gymea Community Aid & Information Service
Business Hours: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4pm
Office address: 39 Gymea Bay Rd Gymea NSW 2227
Postal address: as above
Telephone: (02) 9524 9559