Somerville participates in Darwin 2016 Ladies Ambrose Golf Day

Somerville were invited to enter a team of four in the 7th Annual Ladies Ambrose Golf Day. The event, held on 8th July 2016, was organized by Business and Professional Women (BPW) Darwin at the Gardens Park Golf Links.

Anya Soares, Victoria Large, Vicki Borzi and Lisa Douglas were amongst the female golfers, who ranged from novices to professionals. Everyone was up for a bit of fun, resulting in a fantastic afternoon of networking, laughs and even a hole in one (or four or five)!

Feel Good Day

One of the ways we support the wellbeing of our employees is through our annual “Feel Good Day” which is all about healthy eating, exercise, games and competitions.

One of the activities staff participated in was a T'ai Chi Ch'uan session, where poses are joined together through slow, fluid movement. It is believed that T'ai Chi Ch'uan has many health benefits like improving balance and achieving greater longevity.

Somerville celebrates NAIDOC

Somerville family and financial counsellors participated in the NAIDOC celebration hosted at Gray Primary School.

The event was celebrated as an activity expo with student participation along with families and the wider Gray School community.

Somerville ran a NAIDOC-themed canvas painting activity to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC celebrations allow all of us to come together and recognize the contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders make in our country and in the Territory.

Somerville staff attend specialist disability services training

15 of our core Disability Services Team recently attended a ‘Person-Centred’ training program, arranged by National Disability Services (NDS) NT.

Over two days they learned about ‘Person-Centred Approaches’ - sets of values, skills and practical tools for getting to know the people we support, discovering what they find important and understanding what they want out of life.

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser

Who doesn’t love a sausage sizzle? Fortunately, Northern Territorians do!

Somerville staff and volunteers recently held a fundraising barbeque at Bunnings in Darwin. There were charred snags with onion, wrapped inside a slice of bread with drippings of sauce… yum!

Lots of people called in for a soft drink and a sausage for the chance to quell the morning and afternoon hunger pangs in the knowledge they helped Somerville in the process.

Thank you to Bunnings for their support and, of course, a big thank you to our staff and volunteers. 

Congratulations Allison O’Connor!

Allison O’Connor (Somerville Financial Services and Special Projects Manager) recently completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course. The course provides a framework that can be immediately applied to improve Board performance and decision making. Congratulations Allison on gaining formal qualifications as a Company Director!

Alison receiving her award from Minister Styles

Somerville Annual Golf Day 2016

Each year Somerville organises a number of social activities for our staff; not only for the enjoyment on the day, but also as a way of building on our great family atmosphere and creating an enjoyable work environment.

This goes a long way in maintaining our dedicated professional workforce and, ultimately, results in a high quality service offering to our clients and service users.

Recently staff took part in the Somerville Annual Golf Day. It was a great way of helping the team re-charge their batteries after the end of the 2015/16 financial year.

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.