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. 

Bowling 1

Bowling 2

Deckchair Cinema Fundraiser Stall

The City of Darwin Disability Awareness Festival aims to promote access to all community events for people with a disability. One of the events was at the Deckchair Cinema. Somerville staff prepared cakes and sweets and made them available on the night to raise money for Disability Services. 

Photo: Somerville Managers Kerry Boswell, Bonnie Solly and Allison O’Connor manning the cake stall at the Deckchair Cinema. 

Deckchair cinema stall

Seniors Expo

Somerville Community Services staff attended Darwin’s very first Seniors Expo, held on the lawns of the Museum & Art Gallery of the NT. Staff manned one of 30 stalls at the Expo and provided handouts and information to seniors on our services and programs. The Expo was such a success that organisers are considering holding it again.

Seniors Expo 1

Seniors of Excellence NT Awards

Somerville vice-president Daphne Read has been presented with a 2015 Seniors of Excellence NT Award.

The award recognises and celebrates the voluntary contributions that people aged over 65 years make within our community.

Daphne was one of eleven amazing people that have served the community in so many ways, often for many years, as ‘quiet achievers’.

Congratulations Daphne and to the other ten recipients.

2015 Gran Fondo

In its fourth year, the Top End Gran Fondo invites competitive, amateur and recreational cyclists of all abilities to participate in a community cycling event that showcases the unique NT environment.

Six Somerville riders completed the 120km event and another completed a 50km Half-Fondo.  Another group of six also competed in the Mini-Fondo. Well done team.

Photo caption - Terri-Anne Dureau has now competed in all four Gran Fondos and was the first “Somervillian” home in a new personal best time.