The Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES) Open Day was a special opportunity for Somerville to connect with families and individuals from Darwin, Palmerston and the surrounding communities, with approximately 15,000 people attending throughout the day. Somerville hosted an information stall at the NTPFES Open Day, which was also a great opportunity to network with the other agencies and services that were participating in the expo.
With the support of the Katherine Town Council and the Northern Territory Office of Youth Affairs, Somerville’s Katherine Youth and Family Services recently hosted a Cinema Day.
The invitation was extended to children and their families from Katherine and the surrounding communities to enjoy an afternoon with each other to watch some of the latest family-friendly movie releases.
Families greatly enjoyed the experience of being at the movies together, as many are simply unable to afford such an activity for their entire family.
Somerville acknowledges the generous support of many individuals, families, organisations and businesses who continually sponsor and make donations to Somerville. One such long term supporter is Jape Nominees.
Connie Jape and Jose Lay called in to our offices to share morning tea with our management team and staff. Jape Furnishing Superstore is the largest furnishing retailer in the Northern Territory, with both a domestic and commercial division. It supplies furniture to Darwin, Katherine, Gove, Northern Western Australia and East Timor. A big thankyou to Connie and Jose.
In celebration of National Youth Week, Somerville's Youth and Family Services in Katherine hosted a gaming competition for the community's youth at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre. The event saw children and youth of all ages and cultures join in and support of fellow players while enjoying refreshments. Alternative activities included colour therapy, Connect 4 and building marshmallow towers throughout the day.
Now that the wet season is all but over, Somerville has commenced its program of ‘working bees’ for 2016. At one of our supported accommodation houses a huge effort was put in by our Assets, Infrastructure and Maintenance Team (AIM) supported by staff and volunteers. The garden received an extra dose of TLC to see it through to next year. Special mention and thanks to Edna for caring for these gardens year round and letting us take control for half a day and a big thank you to all our staff and volunteers who assisted on the day.
Minister Peter Styles, MLA for Sanderson, called into Somerville to meet CEO Vicki O’Halloran and Managers. Peter was provided with an update of our Disability Services, Family Services and Financial Services programs. Somerville appreciates the magnificent support provided by the Northern Territory Government and it was a great opportunity to talk to Peter face to face and discuss a number of important issues. Minister Styles joined staff in an afternoon tea and even had time for a quick game of Connect 4.
The Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Mr Adam Giles visited Somerville to spend time with our CEO, managers and staff.
Vicki O’Halloran provided Adam with an update on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as well as our Disability Services, Family Services and Financial Services programs. Chief Minister, Mr Giles is the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services; Minister for Tourism; Minister for Northern and Central Australia; Minister for Economic Development and Major Projects; as well as Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In Darwin, Somerville organised a fund raising event attended by over 150 women. With the theme Pledging For Parity, the Hi-Tea event was held at the Darwin Casino that included a fashion parade, international dances by Somerville staff and a silent auction. Somerville would like to thank everyone that attended and a big thank you to all our sponsors.
Staff from the Australian Government Department of Social Services (both Northern Territory and National Offices) met this week with Somerville’s Management Team to exchange information about our programs and engage in networking activities.
Somerville is very fortunate to be the home of many long term employees.
One such person is Jill May, Katherine based Disability Services Coordinator. Jill commenced work with Somerville in 1989, after the local Katherine paper advertised a position in a new house for those being repatriated.