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.

Knitted blankets kindly donated to people in need

Somerville Katherine office has just received some wonderful presents from knit-one-give-one (KOGO).

KOGO consist of hundreds of volunteer knitters who make a whole range of items including scarves, beanies, blankets, adults’, children’s and babies’ clothing.

The finished items are passed onto organisations like Somerville who then distributes them to people in need such as those who are homeless, children at risk, remote indigenous communities, women in refuges and families who are struggling to make ends meet.

Thank you very much KOGO and all your volunteers.

High Tea and Fundraising for fellow territorians

As part of Somerville's 50th Birthday celebration a High Tea was held in the grounds of Somerville for 50 local ladies.

Former Administrator of the Northern Territory and Somerville patron, The Hon Austin Ash (AC QC) was guest speaker for the event and entertained the gathering with his stories of the Territory.

Another highlight of the morning was a fashion parade with fashions from award winning local designer "Raw Cloth". 

The funds raised from the event will be used for delivering much needed services to fellow Territorians.

Raising awareness for homeless persons

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. 

Our annual golf day

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