Enhancing young family relationships through the Kids FAST program

As part of our mission to impact positively on the quality of life of Territorians, we partnered with Gray Primary School to help implement and facilitate the Kids FASTTM (Families and Schools Together) program.

The Kids FASTTM program is designed to encourage parents to become increasingly involved in the lives of their children through family relationship management, improved parent-child bonding, and stimulating parental encouragement. By empowering parents to be the primary protective factors for their own family, the program helps make lasting changes.

Getting ready for tax time with Tax Help training from the ATO

Each year we provide a free service called Tax Help to the Darwin and Palmerston communities, aiding low income earners to complete and lodge their tax returns.

With the Tax Help program commencing at Somerville shortly, we held a Tax Help training session for volunteers participating in the 2016 program. The session was run by Stanley Gibbs, a Community Education Officer from the Australian Taxation Office.

Last year the Tax Help program helped over 200 low income earners prepare their returns.

Somerville welcomes a special visitor from UnitingCare Australia

This week we welcomed a visit from Kate Gainer, Senior Policy Officer at UnitingCare Australia. Kate is currently responsible for national policy on homelessness and is working on establishing a national network of providers to combat such a prominent social issue.

Kate met with Somerville staff to discuss homelessness, and the housing issues faced by those living in the Territory, which currently has the highest rate of homelessness in Australia.

The 2016 Margaret Somerville Award goes to…

We are proud to announce that Financial Counsellor Vicki Borzi is the recipient of the 2016 Margaret Somerville Award.

Vicki is highly committed to her work and possesses a work ethic that is aligned with the Somerville mission. She goes the extra mile for her clients and the team, has a “can do” attitude and displays an empathetic approach to her work.

The Annual Margaret Somerville Award, named in memory of our namesake, was established to recognise exemplary service and acknowledge outstanding performance of our staff members.

International Childhood Trauma Conference

It was a privilege for Somerville staff to attend the 2016 International Childhood Trauma Conference in Melbourne recently. This biannual conference is run by the Australian Childhood Foundation – their vision being that “all children are safe from the trauma of abuse, violence and neglect.”

The conference highlighted key innovations around supporting and protecting vulnerable and traumatised children, young people and the adults who look after them. The theme was “Tracing new developments in relational, body-oriented and brain-based approaches to recovery and change.”

2016 National NILS Conference

Somerville attended the National NILS Conference that was held over two days in Adelaide this month, with Dr Christine Nixon AMP and Adam Mooney amongst the keynote speakers. NILS is a community-based program enabling people living on low incomes to access credit to purchase essential goods and services.

Big win for Somerville at Australasian Reporting Awards

Somerville Community Services was awarded a Gold Award at the 2016 Australasian Reporting Awards Presentation Dinner.

The Awards are run by Australasian Reporting Awards Limited, an independent not-for-profit organisation supported by volunteer professionals from the business community and professional bodies concerned about the quality of financial and business reporting.

Somerville work together with NT Police to encourage youth engagement in Katherine area

The Somerville Katherine office recently hosted a visit from Senior Constable Dani Mattiuzzo, who works in the Youth Engagement Unit. This unit services all schools in Katherine and the surrounding area.

Senior Constable Mattiuzzo is also involved in identifying youth at risk within the school system and works closely with the Katherine Somerville team to provide programs and support to youth in the Katherine area.

Financial Counsellor/Financial Capability Worker (Katherine)

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic person with a ‘can do’ attitude to join our family friendly, vibrant and dynamic team.

The primary focus of this position is to provide a specialist financial counselling service which includes information, options, support and advocacy for individuals, couples, families, small business and groups.

Our ideal candidate will have:

Somerville host a visit from National Australia Bank – proud supporters of the community sector

National and local business executives from the National Australia Bank (NAB) visited Somerville to meet with our CEO and management team. NAB are very passionate about forming community partnerships and are committed to fostering these at both a local and national level.

NAB are strong supporters of Somerville, with their local employees and interstate executive’s regular volunteers at our Working Bees. The volunteer hours NAB provide to Somerville make a significant contribution to reducing our expenditure in this area.