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.

Our Christmas Gift Box Appeal

It’s a sad fact that an overwhelming number of families will be unable to buy Christmas gifts for their children this year, so Somerville has launched the Christmas Gift Box Appeal, formerly Operation Santa, for 2015.

The Mayor of Palmerston, Mr Ian Abbott, officially opened the Appeal at the Target store in Palmerston where guests and shoppers enjoyed festivities and entertainment from The Palmerston Christian School Choir.

Supporting students and encouraging leadership at Kormilda College

Each year Somerville encourages and supports the students of Kormilda College to develop leadership skills and serve their community. For many years Somerville has offered the Somerville Leadership and Community Service Award to outstanding students in these areas.

Kormilda College recently held their end of year award night, which acknowledges the achievements of students and farewells graduates. The Somerville Leadership and Community Service Award was announced on the night.

Meet our inaugural Somerville Ambassadors

The Somerville Board is proud to announce that Mr Ron Burridge and Mrs Robyne Burridge have been named the inaugural Somerville Ambassadors for 2015.

This prestigious award recognises their ongoing commitment and service to our organisation over many years.

Ron is an avid fundraiser and devoted supporter of the local community while Robyn is a natural leader with passion and enthusiasm.

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.