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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. NILS is financed by Good Shepard Microfinance…

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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. The Awards provide an opportunity for…

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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…

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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…

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Somerville participates in the COTA NT Seniors Expo 2016

The 2016 Seniors Expo was held on the lawns of the Museum & Art Gallery of the NT, with Somerville Community Services taking part as one of the many stalls. Somerville staff interacted with a large number of visitors, providing handouts and information on our services and programs. The Seniors Expo highlighted a large number…

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National Families Week Sensory Play Party 2016

As part of National Families Week, Somerville hosted a family a sensory play party in Goyder Square Palmerston in celebration of “Stronger Families, Stronger Communities.” The event saw children and their family members participate in a number of relationship building activities while enjoying refreshments and entertainment. The event promoted further awareness of Somerville’s variety of…

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Deputy Chief Minister visits Somerville

Minister Peter Styles, MLA for Sanderson, called into Somerville to meet CEO Vicki O’Halloran and Managers. Peter was provided with an update of our Disability Services, Family Services and Financial Services programs. Somerville appreciates the magnificent support provided by the Northern Territory Government and it was a great opportunity to talk to Peter face to…

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Chief Minister challenges Somerville staff to a game of Connect 4

The Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Mr Adam Giles visited Somerville to spend time with our CEO, managers and staff. Vicki O’Halloran provided Adam with an update on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as well as our Disability Services, Family Services and Financial Services programs. Chief Minister, Mr Giles is the Minister for…

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Somerville Celebrates International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In Darwin, Somerville organised a fund raising event attended by over 150 women. With the theme Pledging For Parity, the Hi-Tea event was held at the Darwin Casino that included a fashion parade, international dances by Somerville staff…

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Recognising our long-serving staff

Loyal, dependable staff are the backbone of Somerville, particularly those who serve for an extended period. These dedicated people provide stability, corporate knowledge and an understanding of the values that drive us to deliver excellence in service standards. Each year at the Somerville Christmas party we recognise the contribution of our long-serving staff with a…

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Our Christmas Gift Box Appeal

It’s a sad fact that an overwhelming number of families will be unable to buy Christmas gifts for their children this year, so Somerville has launched the Christmas Gift Box Appeal, formerly Operation Santa, for 2015. The Mayor of Palmerston, Mr Ian Abbott, officially opened the Appeal at the Target store in Palmerston where guests…

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Supporting students and encouraging leadership at Kormilda College

Each year Somerville encourages and supports the students of Kormilda College to develop leadership skills and serve their community. For many years Somerville has offered the Somerville Leadership and Community Service Award to outstanding students in these areas. Kormilda College recently held their end of year award night, which acknowledges the achievements of students and…

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Meet our inaugural Somerville Ambassadors

The Somerville Board is proud to announce that Mr Ron Burridge and Mrs Robyne Burridge have been named the inaugural Somerville Ambassadors for 2015. This prestigious award recognises their ongoing commitment and service to our organisation over many years. Ron is an avid fundraiser and devoted supporter of the local community while Robyn is a…

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A step forward to independence and inclusion

A number of Somerville clients have recently completed the supported accommodation training program, Step Forward. The course was developed by Somerville staff and equips participants with social, financial and interpersonal skills which enable them to cope with the increasing demands and challenges of everyday life. Delivered over four months, the program comprises eight modules and…

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Visitors to Somerville

Staff from the NT Government Department of Housing grants management program recently visited Somerville to discuss our programs, provide service updates and tour our facilities. L-R: Alice Henderson, Karen Kinnersley, Allison O’Connor and Kerry Boswell.

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