Somerville welcomes a special visitor

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) 

Australasian Reporting Awards

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.

Congratulations Daphne Read

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.


Palmerston Health & Wellbeing Expo

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.


Working Bees

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”.

Celebrating 50 years of service to the Northern Territory

The Administrator of the Northern Territory, His Honour the Honourable John Hardy OAM kindly hosted a reception at Government House to commemorate Somerville’s 50 years of service to the Northern Territory. His Honour spoke of the good work that Somerville does and retold some inspiring stories by former clients assisted by Somerville staff.

Approximately 150 guests attended the reception including board members, staff and friends of Somerville.

Our prayers are with you

Somerville Board and staff members would like to acknowledge the recent devastating earthquake in Nepal. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with our Nepalese staff, the people of Nepal, and the Nepalese communities around the world. 

Through the generosity of the extended community we were able to make a donation of personal health and hygiene items to Nepal, through the local Nepalese Community.

Nepal Earthquake Appeal