As part of National Homeless Persons week the Family Services Team held a barbeque and information stall at Centrelink Palmerston, to raise awareness of this increasing problem. The barbeque was well attended and gave Somerville staff an opportunity to provide information to the public on the various programs and assistance we can provide. Somerville’s Community Accommodation Service provides transitional supported accommodation for homeless people focusing on families who are unable to access alternative accommodation.
Each year Somerville organises a number of social activities. These events help contribute to the family atmosphere and enjoyable work environment. This in turn reflects in a dedicated professional workforce with the ultimate outcome of a high standard of service provided to clients and service users. Recently staff took part in the “Annual Golf Day”. A good time was had by all and a big thank you to Carolyn Cendo for all the organisation.
Overall winners were – Caroline Tapera & Hanuman Bataju
Longest shot - Niran Banjade
Nearest the hole – Elaine Castles
Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia was recently in the Top End and spent some time with Somerville Staff, Management and Board. As a regular visitor to Somerville, we always look forward to not only Lin’s company, but her thoughts and views on social and economic issues relating to children, young people, families and older Australians.
Caption: Somerville Staff in company with Lin Hatfield Dodds (back row, 5th from the left) and Somerville Vice President Daphne Read (standing to Lin’s right)
An Annual Report not only helps Somerville communicate its activities and accomplishments during the past year but it also recognises special people including staff, donors and volunteers. Although the objective is not to receive awards, awards do provide an opportunity for Somerville to benchmark its report against National and International criteria and in turn achieve continuous improvement in both quality reporting and delivery of service.
On the 10th of June, the Hon John Elferink MLA, kindly hosted a function at Parliament House for over 200 guests and dignitaries to celebrate Somerville's 50th Birthday and launch our book “Crossing the Divide”.
Somerville Vice-President Daphne Read recently completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course. The Company Directors Course provides one with framework that can be immediately applied to improve Board performance and decision making. Congratulations Daphne on gaining formal qualifications as a Company Director.
Somerville’s Family and Financial Services participated in the Palmerston Health and Wellbeing Expo held at Palmerston Senior College.
The expo was attended by year 10, 11 and 12 students who were able to engage with a variety of health, wellness and community agencies.
This event saw students partaking in a raffle activity and awareness raising of Somerville Community Services. Students demonstrated a keen interesting of understanding community services as a career together with student placement and volunteer opportunities.
Successful ‘working bees’ have been carried out on several of Somerville’s properties recently including a house used for crisis accommodation. Our Assets, Infrastructure and Maintenance Team (AIM) was supported by staff and volunteers including 15 people from the National Australia Bank (NAB) made up of local employees and several Interstate NAB executives. A big thank you to the AIM Team, all our staff and volunteers who assisted at these “working bees”.
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As part of National Families Week, Somerville hosted a family fun day event in celebration of “Stronger Families, Stronger Communities”.