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Carnival of Fun 2022

The Somerville team had a great day at the Carnival of Fun 2022, which was organised by the Diversability Collective and the City of Darwin. It was a great chance to catch up with other disability providers and to celebrate people living with disability. Everyone was very impressed by the MC James Morrison and his…

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Somerville launches new SDA Accommodation

This week we were thrilled to celebrate the completion of our new Specialist Disability Accommodation high physical support design category homes in Palmerston. The homes were officially opened at a celebration event attended by the Somerville board, Somerville Patron Daphne Read, Member for Drysdale Eva Lawler and Member for Karama Ngaree Ah Kit. The event…

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Farewell to Daphne Read

In June 2022, long-time Somerville board member and former President Daphne Read AO stepped down after an incredible 55 years on the Somerville board. Daphne has been central to Somerville’s success since its very inception and her presence and influence has been such a constant feature it is difficult to imagine a Somerville without her.…

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Sensory Garden Working Bee

Today Somerville held a working bee at one of our houses in order to implement recommendations made by the Carpenteria occupational therapy team. The recommendations included a sensory garden, vertical gardens, misting fans, a chalkboard, and coloured paving. More recommendations including graffiti art will be implemented soon! It was a hot and sweaty day to…

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Verna’s Return to Country

Somerville provides Support Coordination services to assist NDIS participants to implement their plans and achieve their goals. Somerville’s Support Coordination team recently facilitated a memorable Return to Country for one of our wonderful clients, Verna. Verna is a vibrant woman who grew up in the remote community of Numbulwar. Verna was a leader in her…

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Margaret Somerville Awards 2022

Last week, Somerville celebrated the Margaret Somerville Awards and the annual acknowledgement of Years of Service. The acknowledgement of Years of Service celebrated employees who have worked at Somerville for three years up to an incredible twenty years. The Margaret Somerville Award, named in honour of our namesake, was introduced in 2015 as part of…

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National Day of Action to Defend the NDIS

On Thursday April 28, people across Australia came together to take action to make sure the NDIS is at the top of the agenda this federal election. Many Somerville staff and participants attended this important rally held in Raintree Park in Darwin CBD. Somerville CEO Lawson Broad MC’d the event and moderated the political debate…

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Farewell to Elaine Castles

Today we say farewell to our Administration Coordinator Elaine Castles after an incredible 26 years! Elaine has been an amazing asset to the organization for many years and has an incredible knowledge of all things Somerville. She worked particularly closely for many years with the current Administrator of the Northern Territory Vicki O’Halloran. We wish…

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Ladies Leisurely Lunge Café

For ladies of all ages, Somerville is organising an opportunity to work towards health goals in a social group while connecting with friends and the community. Ladies Leisurely Lunge Café will be a two hour session that includes a one hour casual walk along one of Darwin’s picturesque walking trails followed by a relaxing drink…

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Sandra Nelson Member for Katherine visits Somerville

We were pleased to host the Member for Katherine and Assistant Minister for the Prevention of Family violence & Women’s Policy, Sandra Nelson, for morning tea on 12 April. Our Disability Services & Family and Financial Services teams met with Assistant Minister Nelson to discuss the work they do supporting our community in Katherine.

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2017 Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards winners announced

As proud sponsors of the Northern Territory Young Achiever Somerville Community Service Award, we are very pleased to announce this year’s winner, Aditi Srinivas. Aditi, 28, is a proud advocate for marginalised groups in the Territory. She is co-founder of the volunteer organisation WHAT RU4 NT?, a group dedicated to reforming NT law, and is a passionate…

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Youth Week: Game On Katherine!

Mario, Yoshi and around 70 young people, parents and service providers gathered in Katherine on friday to kick off Youth Week 2017 with the second annual Somerville Gaming Comp.   The Godinyayin Yirard River Arts and Cultural Centre hosted the four-round tournament over two huge screens, giving up to four players at a time in a…

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Somerville International Women’s Day High Tea – a celebration of women

As part of 2017 International Women’s Day, with the theme #BeBoldForChange, Somerville hosted a high tea for over 200 Territorians at the Darwin Convention Centre. The afternoon was a joyful celebration of women’s achievements and contributions and the progress towards equality for women.  Thank you to the individuals and businesses who supported the event and…

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New financial literacy resource from ASIC’s Money Smart

Check out “Knowing, Growing, Showing” – a new financial literacy resource for teachers to help teachers engage students in consumer and financial literacy. The three-stage resource covers: Knowing – what is moneyGrowing – money, you and communityShowing – money and enterprise Published last week by ASIC on National Close the Gap Day, ‘Knowing, Growing, Sharing’…

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Gray Community Garden

Somerville staff recently joined the Members of the Gray Community Garden for their monthly Working Bee. Many weeds were pulled, mulch laid and friendships made. The garden is full of great produce for you to see and enjoy such as sweet potato and barbados cherries, which are loaded with vitamin A and Vitamin C! All…

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