Visit from City of Darwin Library Services

Staff from the City of Darwin Library Services recently visited Somerville to provide an overview of their programs and services. Membership to the Darwin libraries is free for NT residents. Members are able to borrow books, DVDs, ebooks, and emagazines as well as free computer use and free wifi. The libraries also hold live music sessions every Friday lunch time at Casuarina and the City Libraries with special events happening every month. More information can be found on their facebook page

Finance Workers Forum

Somerville recently hosted a Finance Workers Forum in Darwin. The purpose of this forum was to bring together all service providers in the Northern Territory along with both DSS and ASIC staff. With changes in the funding landscape this forum gave services the opportunity to advise what programs they were each offering in 2016. The forum was well attended and Somerville plans to hold these forums every quarter.

Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program at SCA

Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) welcomed twenty year 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torrres Strait Islander students from all over the country in January for the annual Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program. The program provides participating high school students with the opportunity to experience university life, understand the links between their interests and possible careers, and valuable peer-to-peer support.

Construction workers come to the aid of struggling Territorians

JKC Australia’s 6,500 employees currently working on the NT INPEX onshore LNG project have donated pallet loads of food and presents to St Vincent de Paul Society, Salvation Army and Somerville Community Services.

In addition JKC management have made a significant donation of “Groceries Only Gift Cards”. Their generosity will enable Somerville to provide Christmas food hampers and presents to those most in need. JKC staff have also kindly volunteered on our Christmas Gift Wrapping Service.

Another win for Somerville!

The NT Human Rights Awards have been announced and we are proud to announce that Somerville were joint winners with Football Without Borders of one of the four categories, The Fitzgerald Diversity Award.

The Fitzgerald Diversity Award is for individuals or organisations whose activities focus on promoting, protecting and fulfilling human rights of diverse communities in the Northern Territory.

Another generous donation for Somerville’s Christmas Hamper Appeal

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the employees of Monadelphous who have provided a large amount of non-perishable food and presents to the Somerville Christmas Hamper Appeal.

Monadelphous is a leading Australian engineering group heavily involved in the Darwin Ichthys LNG Project.

Their generosity will enable Somerville to provide Christmas food hampers and presents to those most in need.

Monadelphous Staff Donations

Recognition for Annual Tax Help program

This year our Financial Services team helped over 200 low income earners complete and lodge their tax returns as part of our free Tax Help Program run in conjunction with the ATO.

Congratulations to our financial counsellors who received certificates of appreciation for their great work from the ATO.

Photo L-R: Financial Counsellor Coordinator Eddie Boath, Financial Capability Worker Shyam Banjade and Financial Counsellor Liezl Caluza.

Somerville’s Christmas Hamper Appeal

Due to the current economic climate, more people than ever are turning to organisations like Somerville for assistance. It is no longer only vulnerable groups such as the homeless seeking relief, but also the aged, single parents and the working poor.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the students, parents, and teachers of The Essington School, who have provided a huge amount of support for the Somerville Christmas Hamper Appeal. Their generosity will enable us to provide Christmas food hampers and presents to those most in need.

Christmas Gift Wrapping

Somerville’s major fund raising event, the annual Christmas Gift Wrapping Service is underway for 2015.

You’ll find our helpful staff in convenient locations at Casuarina, Palmerston and the Mitchell Centre in the City.

Imagine how much easier Christmas gifting can be. You can put your presents straight under the tree without the need to run around the house finding places to hide unwrapped presents.

A small fee is charged depending on the size of the gift but you will be helping fellow Territorians with your generosity.

Recognising our long-serving staff

Loyal, dependable staff are the backbone of Somerville, particularly those who serve for an extended period. These dedicated people provide stability, corporate knowledge and an understanding of the values that drive us to deliver excellence in service standards.

Each year at the Somerville Christmas party we recognise the contribution of our long-serving staff with a certificate and trophy to celebrate their individual milestones.

Congratulations to the 2015 recipients of these prestigious awards.