A step forward to independence and inclusion

A number of Somerville clients have recently completed the supported accommodation training program, Step Forward.

The course was developed by Somerville staff and equips participants with social, financial and interpersonal skills which enable them to cope with the increasing demands and challenges of everyday life.

Delivered over four months, the program comprises eight modules and on completion participants receive a certificate endorsing them as preferred tenants.

The program is open to all clients accessing Somerville services.

Visitors to Somerville

Staff from the NT Government Department of Housing grants management program recently visited Somerville to discuss our programs, provide service updates and tour our facilities.

Visitors to Somerville NT

L-R: Alice Henderson, Karen Kinnersley, Allison O’Connor and Kerry Boswell.

Volunteers Needed

It is that time of year ... looking for volunteers to help those in need... running our annual Christmas events... Gift wrapping stalls at Casuarina, Palmerston and Darwin.

Accepting donations of food as well as gifts for the young and old to go to those in the community who are less fortunate.

A song tribute - We believe

One of our longest serving staff members, Liza Metcalfe, has invited us to share her personal experience of migrating to Australia and working at Somerville through song.

Liza migrated to Australia with her parents and youngest brother, leaving behind 6 older siblings and a large extended family. Her parents made the difficult decision to migrate to Australia in the hopes of a building brighter future for Liza and her brother.

Somerville CEO announced as a finalist for the NT Australian of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Vicki O’Halloran, Somerville CEO, who has been nominated as a finalist for the Northern Territory Australian of the Year Awards. It’s fantastic to see Vicki’s inspiring work recognised!

The NT Award will be announced on Wednesday 4 November at the Darwin Convention Centre. All state/territory winners become finalists for the national awards, which will be held in Canberra on Australia Day Eve, 25 January 2016.


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.