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DECEMBER 2019    

CEO Update

How does Anglicare NT respond to the many challenges facing whole communities? One thing we have learnt is that to fulfil our commitment to a great life for all community members we must support and strengthen groups, neighbourhoods and the social systems. We provide education and information. We influence politicians and government. We support communities and groups to speak on their own behalf. In this newsletter you can see that much of our work involves such approaches. 

Anglicare NT supported over 16,000 people in the 2018-19 year. Our work is with individuals and families but we also work in broader, creative ways. For example, we have been facilitating workshops for young people to write and record their own music. Incredible music videos like Lukunhirranmiri have been created that showcase individual voices, positive peer and family relationships and a community getting behind its young people.

Thank you to all our guests who attended our Year in Review meeting and the many individuals, organisations and other stakeholders who have supported Anglicare NT over the past year. It has been a very impactful year and we know that our work with Territorians has made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of our community. 

Dave Pugh
Chief Executive Officer
Merry Christmas from Anglicare NT
Annual Report 2018-19

Partners, funders and friends of Anglicare NT joined staff at our ‘Year in Review’ in November to celebrate achievements and reflect on our past year of work. CEO Dave Pugh hosted the event and Jeanneen McLennan from Larrakia Nation welcomed the group to Larrakia Country. Following a welcome prayer from Reverend Rob Haynes, Anglicare NT Board Chair, Richard Giles, presented the Annual Report 2018-19.

The Annual Report showcases stories from the people we work with across the Northern Territory, our broad range of services and our advocacy efforts. It includes the launch of the Strategic Plan 2019-22, our reconciliation highlights and key partnerships. The annual financial statements are presented along with updates on our staff and volunteers.

At the meeting, guest speaker Deborah Di Natale, CEO of Northern Territory Council of Social Services (NTCOSS), spoke of the links between the work of NTCOSS and Anglicare NT. Our Refugee and Migrant Settlement Service team spoke on the different aspects of their work with migrants and refugees. The feature story told how we supported a woman to reunite with family members after more than 20 years of separation and how this family shared their joy and thanks with staff. 

The Annual Report 2018-19 can be viewed online here. To receive a printed copy, please email

Report finds relationships are the essence of our work

Anglicare Australia’s latest State of the Family Report, Our Better Selves, finds that strong relationships between service users and staff are the essence of the work human services do. Case studies from across the Anglicare Australia network, including one from Anglicare NT’s housing team in Alice Springs, show how relationships are built and the impact relationships have when strong.

The team’s contribution to the report tells of how they apply a strengths based or appreciative lens across intake, case management and team meetings. When the intake process stopped focusing on problems alone and asked firstly ‘tell us about a time when things were going really well?’ tenants were buoyed with hope. They began to create the future they wanted and to share knowledge with other tenants. When staff applied similar processes at weekly staff meetings, they were energised and more hopeful for their tenants’ future. Team meetings became positive opportunities to innovate, celebrate and learn. The full report is available here. 
Relationships are the essence of our services

Reconciliation Commitee

Anglicare NT aspires to close the gap in health, employment and achievement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those in the broader Australian community. Our vision is a society that acknowledges and values the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, accepts our shared history and embraces equality and equity. 

Our Reconciliation Committee members from across the Territory recently met in Darwin for a full day of workshops facilitated by Sorrell Ashby, founder of Darwin-based business Guumali. The group commenced work on refreshing our Reconciliation Action Plan, which will be released in 2020.  

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