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Celebrating International Day of People with Disability

Celebrating International Day of People with Disability with Somerville Community Housing!  On 3 December, we unite to recognise the International Day of People with Disability. At Somerville Community Housing, we embody “the courage to be…”— a commitment to creating supported homes that empower and celebrate the unique abilities of every individual.  Home is Where Courage…

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Introducing Somerville Housing

Somerville is proud to share the launch of Somerville Housing, a not-for-profit specialist housing provider in the Northern Territory. It provides Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) to people with disability and specialist housing needs. The SDA is thoughtfully designed to strike the right balance of independence, functionality and comfort. The architect designed homes are purpose built,…

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Disability Sector National Day of Solidarity: Understanding the Voice

The Australian Disability Dialogue, in partnership with First Peoples Disability Network, invites everyone from across the disability sector to an online community gathering to learn more about the Voice Referendum. This is also a day to come together in solidarity with First Nations People, because as the disability community knows all too well – nothing…

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Somerville Supports The Yes Campaign

Somerville are proud to support the YES campaign for constitutional recognition. Will you vote Yes to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our Constitution through a Voice? A Yes vote will add recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the principle of a Voice into our Constitution. A constitutionally protected Voice…

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NAIDOC 2023: Colin’s Return to Country

To celebrate NAIDOC Week, we want to highlight a recent return to country trip undertaken by one of our Katherine-based residents. Colin is a Jawoyn man from Wugularr (Beswick) living with a disability. In his home community Colin is a much loved and respected elder, but because of his complex needs he lives in Katherine…

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Old Friends Reunited

Recently, Somerville staff worked hard to reunite longtime friends Davina, Fabian, and Janice, for a holiday together in Darwin. Davina currently lives in Katherine, Janice lives in Alice Springs, and Fabian lives in Darwin. The holiday was a great chance for them to catch up and spend time together, which they all enjoyed immensely. Well…

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The Courage to Be

For many years Somerville’s tagline has been ‘The Courage To Be’. Recently we decided to ask some of our staff and the people who live in our homes to finish that sentence. We are excited to share this short film which we made this year in Darwin.

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National Reconciliation Week 2023

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2023, Be a Voice for Generations, encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible…

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All Abilities Expo 2023

Last week the Somerville team attended the 2023 IDA All Abilities Expo. It was a great chance to catch up with industry peers and to discuss the work that Somerville does. Looking forward to the 2024 Expo!

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Welcome Fabian

It’s always exciting to be able to welcome a new resident to our SIL housing. Fabian recently joined us in Darwin from Alice Springs and has been having a great time getting out and exploring the city. Welcome Fabian!!

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Winners announced at 2023 NT Young Achiever Awards

Image: Amy James being presented with the Somerville Community Service Award by Somerville CEO Lawson Broad. Amy James has won the prestigious Somerville Community Service Award at the 2023 Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards. With almost 150 nominations, Amy won the Award from a strong field of young achievers. The winners were announced on Friday…

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Celebrating Easter at Somerville

The Somerville offices will be closed over the Easter break, re-opening on April 11. Wishing everybody the best for the holidays!

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Changes to the Somerville Management Team

At the end of last year it was decided to split the Darwin region into two separate regions, Palmerston and Darwin, due to the rate of growth in these areas. Lee-Anne Stubbs (pictured left) has accepted the Palmerston Regional Manager position and Jarod Knowles (pictured right) is our new Darwin Regional Manager. Georgia Hardy has…

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Harmony Day 2023

Somerville staff and participants across the NT celebrated Harmony Day by sharing cultural food and dress at events in houses and offices. Harmony Day, also known as the International Day of Eliminating Racial Discrimination, is an important opportunity to celebrate multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusiveness. We are proud of our cultural diversity here at Somerville and…

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Vale Nikita Peter

We are very sorry to mark the passing of Nikita Peter in Katherine. Nikita came to live with Somerville in Katherine over 14 years ago, when she was just 12 years old. Nikita’s radiant smile and personality captured the heart of everyone that met her, and she will be greatly missed by all of her…

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