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MARCH 2020    

CEO Update

It has been a significant few months for our communities, our nation and the world. The bushfires, floods and coronavirus are sad and concerning. Closer to home, we know that high temperatures and a warming environment has a heavy impact, particularly on people with few resources and who are in poverty. Anglicare NT is working to not only reduce our carbon footprint but also to speak up for the rights and needs of vulnerable communities.

This newsletter continues to tell stories of our diverse work and the positive impact on people in the NT. We were thrilled to receive the Corrections Commissioner’s Commendation Award for the work of our OutCARE post-release accommodation and support service in Alice Springs. The success of this program is bound up with the commitment of staff in the team - congratulations to Adam, Jason, Adrian and Jason in particular. 

If you get the opportunity and have internet access, please take the time to look at our 2018-19 Annual Report on our website or contact us and we can mail you a printed copy.

Thank you for your interest in our work and I encourage you to make contact with me for feedback or advice.

Dave Pugh
Chief Executive Officer 

COVID-19 Update

Important information about our services

Anglicare NT remains committed to continuing to provide services to individuals, families and communities across the Territory. We care about you, our community, our staff and volunteers. We are complying with government directives and taking extra health and safety precautions.

We are continuously reviewing how we deliver services and how we can best help keep everyone safe. The way we do some things might have to change. If we make significant changes, we will provide updates via social media (Facebook and LinkedIn) and our website. If we have to adapt the way we provide specific support to individuals, we will contact you by phone, email or talk with you face to face.

These are challenging times – remember to be kind and thoughtful as everyone is a bit worried. Please take precautions, be responsible and comply with government and medical advice.

If you have any concerns about your health, you can contact the NT COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 008 002 or Health Direct on 1800 022 222. Further information about the Coronavirus can be found at Australian Government Department of Health and SecureNT.

Contact us for more details about our services on 08 8985 0000

OutCARE staff receive award
OutCARE post-release service recognised

Alice Springs based OutCARE service received the Commissioner's Commendation Award, as part of National Corrections Day celebrations in January. Minister Dale Wakefield acknowledged the team for delivering pre and post release supported accommodation and for their invaluable assistance to offenders and parolees.

OutCARE supports people leaving prison to rebuild their lives, reconnect with family and work towards a positive future. This includes helping with immediate practical needs on release, linking with employment, training and community supports and exploring longer term goals. The program has contributed to a reduction of recidivism and helps address the over representation of Aboriginal people in the justice system.

Child hugging her mother
Helping families reconnect and start a new life together

Tan arrived in Darwin by boat in 2010 and was granted an onshore humanitarian visa. While Tan began to settle into Australia, his life would never be complete without his wife and three children, who remained in their home country.

With support working through legal processes, Tan was eventually granted Australian citizenship. Shortly after, his partner visa application was approved. Nine long years after his arrival, Tan was finally reunited with his wife and children.  

In Darwin, our Refugee and Migrant Settlement Service (RAMSS) provides wraparound settlement support that helps people like Tan to reconnect with family. They also assist with accommodation, access to health services, legal support, education and employment.  

To help rebuild their lives in Australia, families like Tan’s need your support.  

Your donation can provide:
  • Emergency relief vouchers for vulnerable refugees and migrants
  • Household items for migrant women and children who have fled domestic violence
  • Brokerage fees for emergency housing 
Donate online today or call us on 08 8985 0000.

Recognition for bi-cultural parenting program

The Play and Learn Support (PALS) resource is a bi-cultural tool for facilitating conversations about effective parenting to meet children’s developmental needs. The resource, developed by Anglicare NT staff through long-term partnerships with Elders, families and organisations in the East Arnhem region, recently met Promising Practice Program status with the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS).

The PALS resource brings together the knowledge and experience of staff from several Anglicare NT services, as well as other early childhood, health and education practitioners. It builds on Yolngu pedagogy and includes metaphors embedded in local people’s identity and life experiences. A series of cards depict East Arnhem flora and fauna and a pictorial overview of children’s skills from birth to three years of age.

PALS trainers and mentors facilitate discussions on stages of early childhood, brain development and neural pathways. As Elders and younger parents reflect on childhood memories, often recalling experiences of walking and hunting together, they are reminded of the significance of their upbringing and motivated to give their own children the best possible start in life.

Life skills learning

People living in our transitional housing complexes in Alice Springs are developing skills and knowledge to manage their own housing property through weekly life skills sessions. The sessions, which focus on health, wellbeing and community, are followed by a hands-on cooking lesson, which incorporates budgeting and nutrition information.

The program is facilitated by a network of local organisations and Anglicare NT staff. Our financial inclusion staff share information on budgeting, understanding bills and no/low interest loans. The housing team builds on people's understanding of the expectations and requirements of living in transitional accommodation.

Public Housing Safety Officers from the Department of Housing explain their roles and how they can support tenants. Congress Health staff facilitate positive, respectful discussions around alcohol and other drugs, smoking, personal health and sexual health. St Johns Ambulance officers teach first aid skills for the home environment and how to respond in an emergency. Bunnings staff have also run practical workshops on home maintenance skills.

Celebrating International Women's Day in Darwin

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