NT Ombudsman Office visits Somerville

Recently, Somerville hosted Dez Wilde from the NT Ombudsman Office. On his visit, Dez gave a presentation to the Somerville Management team explaining the role of the Ombudsman’s Office.

The Ombudsman investigates and resolves complaints about Northern Territory Government agencies, local government councils and police conduct. 

Knowing who to contact to raise a question or a problem about the Government can be difficult, and Dez explained the process clearly to our team. The information he provided has been made available to staff and can now be passed onto our clients.

Somerville Sunday – Uniting Church Palmerston

Partnered with the Uniting Church of Palmerston, Somerville Community Services recently coordinated the annual Somerville Sunday Service. The service was well attended by the church congregation, Somerville staff and their families.

Somerville CEO Vicki O’Halloran spoke at the event, sharing the Somerville story and detailing the wide range of work undertaken by our staff. The congregation also enjoyed a presentation showing Somerville Staff doing what they do best - serving the community.

Work Health Safety Q&A morning tea

As part of Somerville’s strong commitment to providing a safe workplace for our staff and clients, we recently held a Work Health Safety Q&A morning tea.

Facilitated by our Assets Infrastructure & Maintenance Manager Skye Lee, we focused on raising awareness of safety in the workplace. It also provided a great opportunity for staff to ask questions or raise concerns.

WHS is an ongoing agenda item at all Somerville team meetings so that our staff continually contribute to making our workplace safe.

Launch of Somerville Christmas Hamper Appeal

Each year Somerville conducts a Christmas Hamper Appeal collecting donations of nonperishable food. The food is then packaged to make several hundred Christmas food hampers. One of our biggest donors is The Essington School community. Last Friday (16th of October) our staff attended their assembly to launch our Christmas Hamper Appeal.

It is estimated that 1 in 10 Territorians experience food insecurity, of which half are children.

We greatly appreciate the support of The Essington School in making a difference to families in need this Christmas.

National Anti-Poverty Week

As part of National Anti-Poverty Week Somerville Family Services staff presented school talks to 500 middle school children in the Darwin and Palmerston areas focusing on the effects of poverty and the healthy decision making that leads to more successful and healthy futures. Each student was provided with a ‘goodie bag’ consisting of Somerville information, promotional items and a dollar coin. Poverty and severe hardship affect more than a million Australians.

Photo: Somerville staff presenting students with a ‘goodie bag’ as part of Anti-Poverty Week

The Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards officially launched for 2016

The purpose of the Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards is to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young Territorians.

Somerville has been involved in these awards for many years and we are proud to be able to recognise the great work that young people are doing in the community through the Community Service Award. The Community Service Award recognises young community service workers, who spend their time offering friendship, hope and inspiration to the disadvantaged and those who need it most.

Somerville Manager wins NT Telstra Business Women’s Category Award

Somerville Disability Services, Service Development Manager, Deborah Bampton recently won the 2015 Telstra NT Business Woman of the Year Category “For Purpose and Social Enterprise.”

Deborah is responsible for Somerville’s training and development program, the planning, developing and co-ordination of a social integration program and all the administrative functions of Disability Services program.

In her acceptance speech Deborah stated:

Splashfest Water Safety Week

Splashfest is an annual event that kicks off a Water Safety Week, a week of activities focused on creating awareness about safety in, around and on the water.

This year’s event was held at the waterfront and there were loads of free family fun activities and entertainment, including NT Water Safety mascot Boof the Barra.

Various stallholders were in attendance including Somerville Community Services.

The importance of the day cannot be underestimated as the Northern Territory continues to have one of the highest drowning rates per capita in Australia.


Ten-Pin bowling

Somerville organizes a number of social activities each year. These events help contribute to the family atmosphere and enjoyable work environment that in turn reflects in the high standard of service provided to our clients and the people we support. This month staff got together for some team rivalry at the local bowling alley. 

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