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OCTOBER 2019    

CEO Update

This jam packed eNewsletter reflects the breadth and depth of the work of our more than 420 employees. The skill and commitment they bring to their work is often commented on by participants in our services and peers. It is special when we see deep respect for the needs and aspirations of the people we work with combined with highly honed professional skills and systems.

The story of 'Child Friendly Alice’ is one example, where a group of like minded agencies and community members have come together to listen to the views of more than 1000 children and families and to ‘listen’ to all the statistics available that tell us how children in Australia’s centre are actually doing. This work will guide many agencies and departments as they strive for a good start in life for all young people in Alice Springs.

There has been too much focus in our media about youth crime and not enough thought about listening to and supporting young people who have been themselves the ‘victims’ of much trauma and adversity. I am therefore thrilled that Anglicare NT is one of a number of agencies chosen by the NT Government to roll out the ‘Back on Track' program to work with young people, families and the courts. We will work closely and thoughtfully with young people to divert them to a new, positive life direction with our well-named new program '#U-Turn'.

If you can see ways or areas you could contribute to this big project we call Anglicare NT, please do get in touch.

Dave Pugh
Chief Executive Officer

Official launch of headspace Katherine

headspace Katherine officially opened its doors on Wednesday 25 September, giving young people aged 12 to 25 access to a youth friendly, free and confidential mental health and wellbeing service.

The establishment of headspace Katherine has been a collaborative process, with young people, families, Elders and local organisations, including local Aboriginal community controlled health organisations, all providing input on the fit out and design of services. The centre is centrally based at Katherine Terrace and includes a mobile outreach clinic that will visit the Aboriginal communities of Binjari, Beswick, Jilkminggan and Pine Creek/Kybrook Farm.

Many people have contributed to this huge project, helping bring a vision to life. We thank everyone who invested their time and energy. Such a warm, friendly, safe space could not have been created without the input of so many.

For more information on headspace Katherine, please click here.

NAIDOC Week Alice Springs

Happy Families Dinner 

In June, our early childhood team collaborated with the Multicultural Council of the NT and CatholicCare NT Family Centre to provide the monthly Happy Families Dinner in Malak. Staff and participating families spent an afternoon cooking up a storm. The food was delivered to the Family Centre and by early evening many families had arrived to enjoy the feast and wonderful play area, including members of ten families currently participating in our early learning program.
Happy Families Dinner

Getting ready for Christmas?

Anglicare NT Christmas cards are currently available for purchase. There are three designs to choose from, pictured below from left to right: Bethlehem, Christmas Baubles and Jesus is Born. Christmas cards are sold in packs of 10 at $12 per pack with all proceeds supporting our ongoing work in the community. 

To place an order or donate, visit our website or phone us on 08 8985 0000.

Thank you for thinking of Territorians this Christmas.

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