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Disability Services

Somerville’s Disability Services program aims to provide high quality services to people with disability living in the Top End of the Northern Territory. We strive to provide innovative and best practice support that meets individuals’ needs and wants.

Services provided include:

  • Supported Accommodation (Supported Independent Living)
  • Life Skills Development Program (home and community skills based programs and recreation and leisure activities)
  • Staff training and supports

The service takes great pride in its endeavours to provide a person-centred service. Inherent in the Somerville Disability Services operating procedures are:

  • Disability Services Act (1986)
  • National Disability Services Standards (2013)
  • Person-Centred Practices including
    • Person-Centred Thinking
    • Person-Centred Planning
    • Person-Centred Active Support
  • Social Role Valorization

Together these standards and theories provide Somerville with the framework to provide the best possible support to all people within our service. They also ensure that we are working towards not only identifying and acknowledging but achieving the needs, wants, desires and aspirations of the people we support. In doing so we are ensuring that our service users have opportunities for engagement, choice and above all experience the ‘good things in life’ and have “The courage to be...”.

National Disability Insurance Scheme

Somerville is a keen supporter of the NDIS and has been working towards its implementation for several years.

We are a registered provider under the National Disability Services Scheme in the registration groups of:

  • Accommodation / tenancy
  • Specialised Disability Accommodation
  • Personal Activities High
  • Assist Personal Activities
  • Daily Tasks / Shared Living
  • Development Life Skills
  • Household Tasks
  • Participate Community
  • Group / Centre Activities
  • Assist Life Stage Transition
  • Innovative Community Participation
  • Support Coordination

DS Team

Somerville’s Disability Services team is managed and implemented by a large group of committed, motivated, well trained and enthusiastic people. Somerville’s Disability Services team is driven by our organisational motto of “The courage to be..” to be driven, compassionate, caring, inspiring and encouraging.

The team is supported and managed by two managers who have oversight responsibility of the entire program. They are highly skilled and have extensive experience in the disability sector, human resource management, policy development and research.

Each of the supported accommodation houses has a qualified Coordinator responsible for the day to day practical management of the home. They in turn are supported by a small group of qualified support workers who have or are working towards attainment of Certificate III or IV Disability. We also have a dedicated pool of casual employees.

The Life Skills Development Program is overseen by the Service Development Manager and Administrator and implemented by Life Skills Development Officers or our Education Officer, all of whom have qualifications of Certificate IV Disability or higher.

The disability services team is provided high quality training and education by our highly qualified Education Officer. Anyone is welcome to attend our training sessions.