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Young mother's team at Couch Surfing
JUNE 2019    

CEO Update

Welcome to our June Newsletter!

The Board of Anglicare NT launched our new four year Strategic Plan in May. Over the next few months our leadership team will work hard to develop concrete plans to make the goals achievable. The plan emphasises the organisation's unique values and principles. A strength of the new plan is the Board’s refinement of Our Purpose into a simple statement: “A full life and social justice for all."

Anglicare NT is constantly finding new ways to advocate for social justice and to respond to our community. Highlights in recent months include:
  • ‘Couch Surfing’ for Youth Homelessness Matters Day – over 500 attendees, input from many partner agencies and significant media coverage.
  • 'We Grow Them Up’ –  a two-way learning forum in Nhulunbuy.
  • Expanding headspace services to young people with more severe needs in Darwin.
  • Welcoming the Intensive Family Preservation Service and Children’s Contact Centre.
  • Transitioning leadership roles within our Executive Team.
  • Developing new partnerships with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.
  • Communities for Children Alice Springs launching the Children's Community Profile in June – a report that analyses data and feedback collected from around 500 children.
This newsletter demonstrates a recent refresh of our brand colours and logo, which I've received some very positive feedback about. Like the organisation we are, the refreshed logo looks colourful, diverse, up to date and local. 

Kind regards,

Dave Pugh
Chief Executive Officer

Your gift today will help Territory families

We all know how important it is to create a strong foundation for our children. But too many young parents are facing complex challenges.

With end of financial year coming up, there's no better time to give generously. Together with your help, we can provide holistic support that ensures young mums and their children have the best start to a new stage of life.

Please click here to donate online or phone 08 8985 0000

Thank you for thinking of young mums and families this tax time. 

We Grow Them Up Forum Group

'Who are we? We are Belyuen'

Several headspace Darwin staff spent the first few months of the year developing and delivering a mental health literacy project to students at Belyuen School. Aboriginal Traineeship Coordinator Jacinta Hegarty and Aboriginal Mental Health trainees Tiana Alley and Junior Grant travelled to Belyuen regularly to deliver the art-based project. While in the community, they also provided mental health information to local young people.

The art project, called ’Who are we? We are Belyuen’, aimed to represent life in Belyuen for the students of Belyuen School. A series of conversations helped to identify what was important to the students before they commenced creating their art designs. Many of the young people painted their totem, representing their connection to land, culture and dreaming.

Each student also wrote about why they painted their chosen picture. Claudette shared, "My painting is a snake because it is my great grandmothers totem. In our culture we call it 'Wungga'. I enjoyed having the headspace people around."

The students attended the unveiling of the artwork at headspace Darwin and joined staff for a special lunch. The team are honoured to have such an incredible piece of art on show at the centre.

headspace updates

Anglicare NT is excited to be implementing two new headspace programs in the Territory. 

In Darwin, the new ‘Enhanced Care Program’ will support young people experiencing complex mental health issues. The program will provide intensive coordinated care that addresses the challenges young people may experience in accessing appropriate and effective mental health treatment. 

In Katherine, building works are well underway and we will soon welcome the opening of the new hub. headspace Katherine will provide primary mental health services for young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns.
Teenage girl with skateboard

University partnership benefits remote community

In March and April this year, we participated in a pilot student placement collaboration with James Cook University and Flinders University. Two occupational therapy students and two speech therapy students visited East Arnhem from Townsville for an 8 week placement with Anglicare NT and East Arnhem Regional Council. 

Working under supervision, the students conducted assessments and developed activities for many of the older people and NDIS participants we work with, as well as developing individual profiles for participants. They provided training for staff and created useful resources which will better enable staff to identify changes in a person’s functioning and help improve overall service delivery. 

As well as interacting with the students, older people have been enjoying wellness focused activities such as swimming and hunting picnics at some of the beautiful locations around the Gove Peninsula.

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