FOURTH QUARTER, 2016 - FOURTH QUARTER, 2016 Photo (above): Disability Support Worker, Kadek Knight

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    Photo (above): Disability Support Worker, Kadek Knight. Photo (below) National category winners with Julie McCrossin who MC’d the event.

    Somerville received national recognition at the inaugural 2016 Attendant Care Industry Awards, held in Sydney in conjunction with the Attendant Care Industry Conference.

    At the awards Kadek Knight, a Disability Support Worker from Katherine, accepted the national Rights and Responsibilities Award. Kadek has worked at Somerville for the past 14 years.

    The Attendant Care Industry Awards were created to acknowledge the dedication and professionalism of attendant care support workers in the disability, aged care and community sectors.

    The awards recognise those who provide the highest standard of support to increase the quality of life and inclusion of people with support needs.

    Without the care and support of attendant care support workers, many people would not be able to participate in the community, education, employment and live their lives in a manner of their choosing.

    The awards also provide an opportunity for peers to acknowledge their co- workers’ outstanding service provision. Congratulations Kadek!

    Success at the 2016 Attendant Care Industry Awards

    In this issue... 02 A message from Vicki O’Halloran Somerville named Employer of Choice at ABA

    03 NDIS update Gift wrapping volunteers needed

    04 Dancing with the Celebrities Gala Ball

    06 Annual Katherine Morning Tea

    08 Somerville Beach Boot Camp

    10 Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

    Financial counselling

    National Debt Helpline

    12 Somerville Sunday

    13 Years of service

    14 Making the news this quarter...

    16 Staff profile – Winnie Arevalo

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    A message from our CEO – Vicki O’Halloran AM

    Visiting Katherine is certainly one of the highlights of my role. This quarter we hosted our annual Katherine Morning Tea, and it was tremendous as always to connect with the local community.

    I had the honour of presenting Certificates of Service to staff who give so much to our organisation on a daily basis. On this occasion Beverley Dickens received recognition for her 25 years of employment with Somerville – an incredible commitment. See page 13 to read about other staff members who have recently been recognised for their years of service and commitment to Somerville.

    While celebrating achievements in Katherine, it was with great pride that we acknowledged Kadek Knight as the Attendant Care Industry Awards Rights and Responsibilities Award winner.

    Kadek is a focused, professional, quiet achiever in our Disability Services Program. This is a monumental award and so very well deserved.

    I cannot help but be impressed with Deborah Bampton and Terri-Anne Dureau, who have put so much energy into the ‘Beach Boot Camp’ program. The results have been outstanding for so many individuals who have attended over the last 25 weeks. See page 8 for more about this fantastic program. I continue to pursue longer- term funding for a Skills for Living Life Program that would include Beach Boot Camp.

    With Christmas around the corner, we’re planning hamper and gift distributions to ensure we reach as many Territorians as possible. Our aim is to provide the support and resources they need to celebrate this special time of year.

    This newsletter is bright and busy and certainly reflects the nature of our day-to-day work and our organisation – enjoy!

    Vicki O’Halloran AM CEO, Somerville Community Services

    Somerville named Employer of Choice at the Australian Business Awards

    We were delighted to win the Employer of Choice Award in the 2016 Australian Business Awards.

    Attracting and retaining quality staff is critical to fulfilling Somerville’s mission ‘to impact positively on the dignity and quality of life of people who are affected by social and economic disadvantage.’

    It is an honour to receive this award and something our staff are very proud of.

    The Employer of Choice Award recognises leading workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention. The awards enable participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards.

    Photo: Somerville CEO Vicki O’Halloran AM and Somerville Manager Liza Metcalfe.


    NDIS update

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing disability support. The scheme promises to provide people who have a permanent disability (under the age of 65) with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to enjoy life.

    The principles underpinning the NDIS are choice, control and flexibility by the person with disability and their family and support people. For many people this is quite a significant change to how they receive support through the current system.

    We have been working with the people we support, their families and guardians, and others to prepare for the NDIS roll out. The roll out will be a staged approach across each jurisdiction in Australia, and may differ across each state or territory.

    In the Northern Territory the NDIS will progressively roll out over 3 years.

    It will be introduced geographically, so people will be moved to or phased into the NDIS at different times depending on where they live.

    The NDIS is being introduced gradually because it’s a big change, and it’s important to get it right to ensure it will be sustainable.

    Currently, Somerville provides supported accommodation to 47 people in Darwin and Katherine.

    Our Darwin services will transition to the NDIS in January 2017 and it is anticipated our Katherine services will transition in July 2017.

    Somerville has also been working with the Department of Health’s Office of Disability to ensure we all know what

    services and supports are needed for the people we support to live and enjoy life.

    We are enthusiastic and excited about our forthcoming transition to the NDIS.

    We have been working hard to get it right and are looking forward to beginning our work with the National Disability Insurance Agency over the coming weeks and months.

    To find out more about the NDIS go to

    Gift wrapping volunteers needed

    Somerville is once again holding its annual Christmas Gift Wrapping Services at Casuarina Square, Palmerston Shopping Centre and Mitchell Centre.

    This is Somerville’s major fundraising event for the year and helps to raise money to support our programs.

    We are looking for volunteers to help in the stalls to be held from 3 to 24 December 2016 covering the normal trading hours. We will also sell tickets for our Christmas raffle.

    Alternatively, you may wish to spare yourself the hassle of trying to secretly wrap presents and have them professionally wrapped for a small fee.

    If you are interested in supporting this event, or you know of someone who would like to offer a few hours to help, please contact the Somerville administration office on 8920 4100 or email us:

    Palmerston Shopping Centre / Mitchell Centre Stall Carolyn Cendo:

    Casuarina Square Stall Terri-Anne Dureau: Liza Metcalfe:

    A few hours of your time can make a big difference to make this year’s gift wrapping a successful and joyous event.

    Photos: Last year’s Christmas gift wrapping stations with our wonderful volunteers.

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    Dancing with the Celebrities Gala Ball

    Somerville sponsored the annual Dancing with the Celebrities Gala Ball again this year, Total Recreation’s annual fundraiser and community awareness event.

    Total Recreation is a not for profit organisation that provides opportunities for people with disability to have the same experiences as other members of society, such as participating in sport and recreational activities.

    The gala ball showcases local celebrities partnered with talented dancers all vying for the coveted Grand Champion title.

    The participants spend many weeks attending dance practice prior to the event. Total Recreation members also participated in Somerville’s Beach Boot Camp as part of their preparation (see page 8 story, Somerville Beach Boot Camp).

    Somerville service user Matthew Lucas and Somerville Manager Liza Metcalfe participated on the night and were supported by other staff and service users.

    Each of the couples performed the barn dance, the cha-cha and the tango.

    Congratulations to all those who participated – we’re already looking forward to next year’s event!

    The winners on the evening were:

    Tango Champions: Margaret McGregor and Simon Maddocks

    Cha Cha Champions: Nicole Milsop and Bradley Evans

    Barn Dance Champions: Georgina Higgie and Terry O’Connor

    Best Couple: Alexandra Vereker and Matthew Lucas

    Strictly Ballroom – Second: Joshua Kelly and Rachael Ciesiolka


    Grand Champions: Naomi Alliston and Wayne Van Sambeek

    Grand Champions: Naomi Alliston and Wayne Van Sambeek with all the competitors.


    Best Couple: Alexandra Vereker and Matthew Lucas. Grand Champions: Naomi Alliston a